Project information

Tackling child trafficking and sexual exploitation

In Nepal thousands of children are trafficked, with many ending up in sex slavery. Viva will address the root causes of this issue by economically empowering women to generate a stable income, raising awareness in local communities, providing access to education and rescuing children from abuse.

April 2015 - March 2016

Charity information

Viva - Together for Children

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  • Need


    Between 5,000 and 10,000 children are trafficked every year from Nepal to India. Many Nepalese children live on the margins of society, their families unable to provide adequate shelter, schooling or healthcare. As a result, many children are at high risk of abuse by traffickers. This problem is exacerbated by cultural practices and lack of understanding of the value of children, particularly girls.


    Traffickers target poor, often female-headed households. Economic empowerment of women can radically improve life for children. We will strengthen struggling families by helping mothers to set up small businesses and generate an income. We will also provide access to education for vulnerable children. An advocacy campaign will raise awareness of trafficking and help shatter the silence surrounding the issue. Temporary shelter and counselling will be provided for rescued children.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To protect and rescue Nepalese children from trafficking and sexual abuse


    » Support women's micro-enterprise development and help women generate a stable income for their families and so afford to send their children to school
    » Raise awareness in the community about the risks posed by traffickers, provide family counselling and advocacy
    » Provide access to education for vulnerable children, and temporary transit shelters and trauma counselling for rescued children
    » Build capacity of our local partner networks through ongoing network development initiatives, including equipping caregivers and community leaders

    6,500 children protected from abuse, 66 women (representing 396 household members) generating an income, 300 vulnerable children accessing education and 15 children rescued

  • Impact


    Marginalised women will have improved access to financial resources and their household members will benefit from a stable income, education and healthcare. Rates of trafficking will be reduced as local communities will be safer places, well aware of the risk of trafficking. Children will benefit from improved opportunities in life through education. Rescued children will benefit from shelter and counselling, and will live under the care of safe and secure families.


    We have skilled trainers, experienced staff members, local knowledge and experience working with marginalised people since 2002 in Nepal, and a good track record in rescuing and protecting children from trafficking and sexual exploitation. With sufficient funds and continued good relationships with local government we don’t foresee serious risks. We will try to reduce the risk of high staff turnover by creating a good working environment and reasonable pay.


    Donors will receive quarterly progress reports by email and in our twice-yearly newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £83,905

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,636 Prevention Anti-trafficking awareness, advocacy (Good Treatment campaign) and family mentoring
      £12,166 Women's economic empowerment Business skills training, seed loan distribution and mentoring of marginalised women
      £23,399 Child development centre Educational support for vulnerable children, monitoring and teacher training
      £11,000 Technical support Programme technical support, network health check and network development
      £8,880 Rescuing Trauma and after-care counselling and temporary shelter for rescued children
      £4,700 Capacity building Sharing good practice drawn from this programme with other Viva partner networks
      £5,124 Overhead Reporting, communication and administration

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Maurice & Hilda Laing Charitable trust £7,500 Conditional
  • Background


    The project is in the Kanchhanpur region of Nepal, with a population of 450,000. Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia. Nearly 20 per cent of the country's children never enter school, and many families are struggling to meet their children's basic needs. This poverty, reinforced by cultural practices and lack of understanding of the value and rights of children, puts many children at risk of being trafficked to the big cities for labour and sexual exploitation.


    The project will benefit vulnerable children at risk of trafficking and those who have experienced abuse. Marginalised women whose households are often targeted by traffickers will benefit from economic empowerment, as will their dependents and local communities as they develop small businesses. The local community will benefit as children are kept safe and are helped to attend school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Viva has worked in partnership with CarNetNepal, our partner network in Nepal, since 2002. We have skilled trainers, experienced staff members, local knowledge and experience working with marginalised people and a good track record in rescuing and protecting children from harm including sexual exploitation and trafficking. We have built social capital working through effective networks, and by using and developing the competence, strengths and resources of local network members.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Head Of Network Development: Brian Wilkinson

    Brian works with our partner network, CarNet Nepal, to scale up its collective action to transform the lives of vulnerable children.

    Global Funding Manager: Bereket Gebre

    Bereket is responsible for the management of the grants, technical reporting and the sharing of good practice with Viva's other partner networks.

    CarNet Nepal National Director: Dhan Raj Ghimire

    Dhan Raj is responsible for ensuring the implementation of planned activities at field level and reports to Brian Wilkinson.

Viva uses a unique, networked, local approach to helping children stay alive and thrive.

Anna-Marie Detert, Director, KPMG