About the Shelter
Global Family Nepal operates a licensed shelter (10 beds) for children who have been rescued from traffickers and systematic abuse. We also run a long-term family home for 8 girls who were abandoned and orphaned. Our shelter provides housing, therapeutic services, and family assessment. We also help children find and return to their families when possible.
In 2019, 40 children were rescued!
The Nepal shelter serves as a safe place for youth to access, providing a positive therapeutic and social environment for youth to seek refuge, receive crisis intervention and case management, stabilize, and get connected to resources and services in the community. The mission of the shelter is to create and maintain a safe, nurturing shelter that first meets the immediate basic needs of a youth in crisis, then, having done so, meets the specialized needs of at-risk youth by connecting them to a continuum of services to address their individual physical, emotional/ psychological, social, educational, environmental, and spiritual needs of the youth.
The purpose of the shelter is to meet a gap in services for at-risk and highly vulnerable youth. No child should be in a circumstance where they are displaced from a home, vulnerable to being out on the streets, and thus vulnerable to further exploitation, abuse, neglect, and/or commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking.
Our goal is to provide trauma-informed and best practice services to youth who have been commercially sexually exploited from minority and underserved populations. We aim to provide smooth transitions between a life of exploitation and an efficient continuum of care, taking into consideration victims’ histories of abuse, medical and psychotherapeutic needs, educational and career goals, and familial and other support outside of our program. Ultimately, we hope that girls leave the shelter having renewed their sense of identity and purpose, and having removed themselves from an identity that is tied to one of exploitation. At the shelter, girls are evaluated for their current situation, physically cared for, and counselled while their legal status is resolved.
At the micro level, the impact that the shelter hopes to achieve is with the individual youth we serve. We aim to provide them with comprehensive services so that they might transition effectively into alternative forms of care, and eventually, independent living. More than a set of services, we hope to impact the individual lives of survivors by creating personalized plans of care for each of them, taking into consideration their own desires and needs as they have been assessed, and create a family-like environment in which those plans can be implemented and begin to be realized. The impact on youth, therefore, is not only that they receive a full package of services while in our care, but are empowered to realize an identity that is separate from their former abuse and to effectively move on to adulthood.
On a macro level, the shelter hopes to break the so-called cycle of abuse in which many victims find themselves, or in other words, their susceptibility to re-victimization and return to their pimps or exploiters. We work with survivors who currently inform our programs, curricula, and training. We believe that survivors have the highest potential to create innovative and effective solutions to reducing the incidence and prevalence of human trafficking and improve victim services. The shelter is also implementing an innovative program to improve the continuum of care that victims experience from their time at the shelter and their transition into foster care or independent living. This program matches volunteer mentors from Kathmandu who meet and build relationships with youth on a regular basis.
The shelter provides:
Mental health services
Transition support services for youth and families and permanency through reunification, guardianship or adoption
Educational, physical, behavioral and mental health supports such as school, exercise and eating healthy, receiving regular medical care and medical check-ups, managing inappropriate behavior and using coping skills to reduce frustration and anger, individual and group mental health counseling focusing on each youth's individual needs and CSEC education, awareness, intervention and prevention, including extracurricular activities and social supports to promote individual interests and healthy relationships
Activities designed to help youth achieve a successful adulthood such as education, vocational skills, domestic skills, money management and self-care activities
The shelter is also implementing an innovative program to improve the continuum of care that victims experience from their time at the shelter and their transition into foster care or independent living. This program matches volunteer mentors from Kathmandu who meet and build relationships with youth on a regular basis. Mentors are trained in best practices of engaging and empowering youth at the shelter, and commit to helping youth transition out of the shelter with educational support, finding a job, financial planning, etc.
The shelter's programs are evaluated in a variety of ways. We use a logic-model based framework to understand the key components of our programs, how weaknesses can be addressed, and how strengths can be multiplied. Global Family believes that measuring outcomes is important to make programs more effective and sustainable, report to our donors and partners, promote an evidence-based approach, and create knowledge around the issue of human trafficking and effective service provision. We seek to understand how programs are implemented, the challenges that are faced, the inputs that are used, efficiencies and inefficiencies, which activities produce certain outcomes, and how outcomes are measured. In evaluating the services provided at the shelter, we look at the effectiveness and efficiency in which our micro and macro goals, as well as long-term objectives, are achieved. This includes gathering data from youth, staff, and community partners.
Support us! Global Family Nepal needs financial support to operate our shelter. Our budget is USD 40,000/year. We are seeking both individual donors as well as churches and organizations who want to partner with us long-term.