Project information

Rescuing trafficked Nepalese Children 2017

We will create a pathway for the repatriation of trafficked and displaced Nepalese children from India. Once back in Nepal we will reunite children with families or place them in care, providing for basic needs, education and training. We will bring traffickers and exploiters to justice.

January 2017 - December 2017

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  • Need


    Faced with Nepal's grinding poverty, exacerbated by earthquakes in 2015, many children and young people cross the open border into India in search of a better life. They may go to India voluntarily but very often they are trafficked. Once there they are difficult to find and retrieve but they can be found in childcare centres or following police rescue operations. There is no clear mechanism for their repatriation or subsequent rehabilitation/reintegration in Nepal.


    We will solve the problem by finding trafficked and displaced children, by rescuing and repatriating them and providing for their basic and educational needs. Concurrently we will stop future trafficking by bringing trafficking agents and child exploiters to justice. In our experience the best way to prevent trafficking is to put such criminals behind bars. The sentence for trafficking in Nepal is 20 years in prison without remission.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Identify trafficked and displaced Nepalese children in India.


    » Research in Nepal with a Chora Chori Nepal team, liaising with District and national authorities where appropriate.
    » Research in India through partner NGOs

    50-70 children identified during the course of 2017

    Aim 2

    Conduct rescue, repatriation and where possible reunification of children with families.


    » Combined rescue operations with NGOs in support of the police and local Child Welfare Committees
    » Chora Chori Nepal traces families of returned children and assesses their suitability for reunification

    50-70 children returned to Nepal. Assume that 40 of these can be reunited with families.

    Aim 3

    Children who cannot be immediately reunited with families placed in Chora Chori safe accommodation.


    » Operate temporary refuge facilities where children can be accommodated and rehabilitated for up to a maximum period of one year
    » Identify other care providers and boarding schools where children can receive longer term care if need be

    30 bed space facilities in operation by the end of the project

    Aim 4

    Children educated and trained towards becoming independent adults


    » Non-formal education and rehabilitation at the temporary refuge
    » Longer term education and training funded at schools or training centres

    All returned children attending school or vocational training centres at project end.

    Aim 5

    Traffickers and exploiters brought to justice


    » Nepal-based traffickers identified, arrested and charged by the police. Witnesses protected through to successful convictions.
    » India-based child exploiters identified, arrested and charged by the police.

    At least 3 traffickers in Nepal and 3 exploiters in India charged.

  • Impact


    Long term we will have an integrated arrangement between ChoraChori Nepal and its Indian partner NGOs to bring care and justice to trafficked and displaced Nepalese children.


    There is a major risk of conflict with traffickers and child exploiters:

    All rescue operations must be led and protected by the police

    Failure to meet budget:

    We will scale back rescue operations from three to two, reducing costs also in aftercare


    We will report through:

    Blog on the ChoraChori website
    Social media - principally Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
    Written updates to major donors
    Six monthly mailshots to supporters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Rescue team ops and research Rescue and research operations in India
      £12,000 Refuge facilities Operation of refuge facilities
      £4,000 ChoraChori-Nepal project cost Project support and implementation
      £4,000 ChoraChori-UK project costs Communications, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Herrod Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Nepal is one of the world's low development nations, placed at 145 out of 187 countries in the 2015 UN Human Development Index (HDI) ranking. India is only a little better, considered a medium development country, ranked at 130. There is an open border between the two countries allowing free migration. This makes for easy human trafficking. Nepalese children and young people are readily tempted by the apparent better prospects in India. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 are trafficked each year.


    The primary beneficiaries will be the Nepalese children who are currently displaced or enslaved in India. Secondary beneficiaries will be the trafficking-prone communities in impoverished rural areas in south Nepal by closing down the operations of some traffickers. Trafficking will be prevented and children protected.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ChoraChori in UK and Nepal has a wealth of operational experience and a track record of success. During the period August 2015 to June 2016 it rescued 60 displaced and trafficked children from Nepal. We have managed to reunite 40 children with their families while the remainder are in our care in Kathmandu pending finding their families or making other long-term arrangements. ChoraChori-Nepal is unique in being proactive in going into India, finding lost children and bringing them home.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Philip Holmes

    CEO of ChoraChori-UK - overall project management and coordination.

    Bhaskar Karki

    CEO of ChoraChori-Nepal. Overall project implementation in Nepal.

    Shailaja CM

    Operational Director of ChoraChori-Nepal and responsible for all the field work, including leading the child rescue team.