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Vulnerable children’s homes

Every child needs a place to call home

The Pokhara Project will include the construction of 14 new vulnerable children’s homes for girls and boys who have been rescued from trafficking, or who need protection from high-risk situations. 

Often, even once children are rescued or have the trafficking process intercepted by our Field Partner 3 Angels Nepal, they have nowhere to live that’s safe from future threats—that’s where the vulnerable children’s homes can help. 

Your support today will help construction on the homes get started.

“Home is family. It’s a place where there is love, and people share their feelings.”

Sejun*, age 13

Human trafficking’s youngest victims

Every child deserves to be cherished, protected and loved. And yet tragically, children are among those most likely to be trafficked, sold into forced labour or sexually exploited. At a time of life when they should be free to play and learn, these children are thrust into situations of unimaginable fear, abuse and deprivation.

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Worldwide, almost one-third of trafficking victims are children.

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Worldwide, two out of every three child trafficking victims are girls.

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The new homes will provide up to 150 children at a time with shelter, safety and support.

Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 2016

A place to live, grow and thrive

Overseen by qualified carers, the homes will be a refuge where girls and boys can form lifelong friendships, gain a sense of belonging—and have the freedom to simply be kids, free from the threat of trafficking. 

It’s our Field Partner’s hope and priority that girls and boys rescued from trafficking can be safely reunited with their families. Until this is possible, the homes provide a place where they can nurture their curiosity through formal schooling and grow healthy and strong with holistic health support.

Your support will provide children with more than just four walls. 

You will be giving children:

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A place to belong

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Education and empowerment

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Love and safety

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Holistic healthcare

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Counselling and mentoring

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Play and development opportunities

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Nutritious food

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Friendship and connection

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Access to formal schooling

You can fully fund a new home—or two!

The Pokhara Project will include the construction of seven new buildings where vulnerable children can live, learn and play. Each building will typically comprise two homes each—that’s 14 vulnerable children’s homes in total. 

You can choose to fully fund the construction of a specific vulnerable children’s home for $125,000 or fund an entire building comprising two new homes for $250,000. If you fund an entire building (two homes), you will be given exclusive naming rights—meaning you can choose to name the building after your family or business, with a special plaque dedicated and displayed on the building in your honour.

Funding an entire home or building is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy and make a difference for multiple children in need of a loving home.

Select a home or building below to find out more and give now. 

Āśā House

In Nepali, the word “āśā” means “hope”. Āśā House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young girls under the age of 12.

Māyā House

In Nepali, the word “māyā” means “love”. Māyā House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young girls under the age of 12.

Āśā House

In Nepali, the word “āśā” means “hope”. Āśā House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young girls under the age of 12.

Building 1

Māyā House

In Nepali, the word “māyā” means “love”. Māyā House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young girls under the age of 12.

Viśvāsa House

In Nepali, the word “viśvāsa” means “faith”. Viśvāsa House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young boys under the age of 12.

Śakti House

In Nepali, the word “śakti” means “strength”. Śakti House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young boys under the age of 12.

Viśvāsa House

In Nepali, the word “viśvāsa” means “faith”. Viśvāsa House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young boys under the age of 12.

Building 2

Śakti House

In Nepali, the word “śakti” means “strength”. Śakti House will provide a loving home for up to 10 young boys under the age of 12.

Please note that while the above information is correct at the time of publishing, exact details may change once the new homes are built in the coming years. Changes would be based on the number and ages of children requiring support and would happen at our Field Partner’s discretion. Find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are new vulnerable children’s homes needed?

Our Field Partner has been successfully operating their vulnerable children’s homes in Pokhara since 2004. Over the years, the homes have given hundreds, even thousands, of children a place to live, play and learn while they recover from the trauma of trafficking.

In recent years, the cost to run the homes has increased significantly—mainly due to increasing rent. Some landlords refuse to rent their properties to children who have experienced sexual exploitation, choosing to distance themselves from the prevailing stigma attached to trafficking victims. Others are willing to rent their properties—but for a greatly increased cost.

The cost to maintain the rented homes poses another ongoing challenge for our Field Partner. The buildings are typically older and require constant repairs, costing our Field Partner dearly each year.

To continue supporting vulnerable children, our Field Partner needs help to build their very own rent-free, permanent homes in Nepal. The new buildings would be built sustainably, using quality materials and workmanship, which would minimise maintenance costs and provide our Field Partner with the means to become fully self-sufficient.

Your support of The Pokhara Project will allow these new homes to be constructed. Once complete, the new homes will give children, families and carers improved security and stability for many years to come.

Are the children who live at the vulnerable children’s homes orphans?

The children who seek shelter at the vulnerable children’s homes come from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. Around 20 per cent of the children are orphans who have been referred by local government for safe accommodation. Others have strong family networks, but require a place to stay until their families can be contacted and it is safe for them to return home. Children often come into the care of our Field Partner after being rescued from trafficking, some without any form of identification, which is why it can take time for their loved ones to be located and a safe reunion facilitated. 

Can I adopt a child from a vulnerable children’s home?

No, international adoption is not a service that is provided by Give Freedom International or our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal. Many children who receive care at the vulnerable children’s homes have loving families who are eager for them to return home when it is safe for them to do so. Reuniting these children with their families is always our Field Partner’s top priority. If this is not possible, children can receive longer-term or even permanent accommodation at the vulnerable children’s homes until their eighteen birthday. 

Do the vulnerable children’s homes operate like orphanages?

No, the vulnerable children’s homes are not orphanages. The homes provide safe accommodation and holistic support—such as healthcare and access to formal schooling—for children who have been rescued from trafficking, or who are at high risk of being trafficked. Our Field Partner’s top priority is always for children to return to their families if it is safe for them to do so. 

If I give to the End of Financial Year Appeal, where will my money go?

Our End of Financial Year Appeal 2022 is raising funds to construct 14 new vulnerable children’s homes in Pokhara, Nepal as part of The Pokhara Project. Your tax-deductible gifts will help us move closer to commencing construction of these new homes. Any gift you give, large or small, will make a lasting impact and be greatly appreciated. The homes will collectively provide up to 150 children at a time with a safe and loving home for as long as they need it. Best of all, 100% goes directly to the field! 

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If I give to the end-of-financial-year appeal, will my gift be used to directly purchase the specific building materials that are mentioned (e.g. bricks)?

No, these building items and materials are examples of how your gift might be used to support the construction of vulnerable children’s homes. The price of building materials can vary month-to-month, and the exact number of materials needed for construction may also fluctuate.

However, while your gift does not directly purchase the materials mentioned, we guarantee that every single dollar will be used to support the construction of new buildings as part of The Pokhara Project. In addition, if you choose to fully fund an entire vulnerable children’s home, or the whole building which includes two homes each, your support will be allocated directly to this cause.

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Is it possible that information about the new vulnerable children’s homes, such as children’s demographics, might change once construction is finished?

Yes, it is possible that these details may change in the coming years once construction is complete. 

It is always our intention to represent our international development work as accurately as possible. The information shared above is based on the building plans currently in motion, which have been designed based on the ages and needs of the children currently cared for by 3 Angels Nepal. However, once construction is complete, details such as the age of the children living in each home, or the number or pairings of each specific home within the one building, may change. Any alterations would take place at our Field Partner’s discretion and would be based on the number of children requiring support within each age group. It will also take into consideration the best use of the new facilities and space.

When will construction of the new vulnerable children’s homes start?

Short answer: as soon as possible! Realistically, it may be a few years before we can begin construction. The land has been purchased, and the architectural designs are ready to go. Now we need to raise the funds to complete the build. The vulnerable children’s homes are one part of the The Pokhara Project—and to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective building process we will wait to commence construction on the full sustainable building project. This means waiting until The Pokhara Project is fully funded. The sooner we reach our funding goal, the sooner we can begin—the ideal time to start building works in Nepal is in September of any given year, due to the monsoon season.