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122 Children Rescued in Kathmandu

The Nepal Police and Nepali Government's Central Investigation Department (CIT) identified 122 children who were living in a children's home in Kathmandu. When visiting the home, our team reports that children were "quiet, blank, hungry, staring at each other", there were "young little kids in one room", and "severe scabies [and] malnourished children" in "appalling conditions". Children report that they were only given one meal per day and were forced to sleep on the ground without blankets.  Our team has rescued these children in partnership with other NGOs in Kathmandu. We have placed six of the children at our transit shelter in Kathmandu where they have been provided with immediate services, including medical care. From there, children will either be restored to their families or placed in long-term family care if they are orphaned or are unable to return home.  Some of the children who were rescued had families who had paid for their child to stay at the children's home. Families paid between 270 and 900 USD and were promised that their children would receive good education until grade 12. They later learned that the money they paid was divided between the orphanage owner and an agent who transported the children between their villages and the home. They both profited from the funds provided instead of using the money for the children. Children were taken from remote hill and mountain communities, namely Humla, Jumla, Mugu, Jajarkot, Dolpa, Rasuwa, Parsa, Dang, Dolakha, Kalikot, Surkhet, Nuwakot, and Dhading.

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