Vulnerable children’s homes:
Āśā House

Vulnerable children’s homes:
Āśā House

Help us build 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 who have been rescued from trafficking, or who need protection from high-risk situations. Āśā House is the first of 14 homes that we plan to build with your support over the coming years as part of The Pokhara Project. 

You can support the construction of this home by part or fully funding the build. You can also choose to fund the entire building, which will include Āśā House and Māyā House. Every single dollar you give today will go directly to the field—that’s 100% of your gift!

About this home:

Name: Āśā House

Location: Pokhara, Nepal

Who will live in this home? Girls under 12 years old

Cost to fully fund this home: $125,000

Cost to fully fund the building (two homes): $250,000

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

Fully fund Āśā House—or the entire building

You can fully fund the construction of Āśā House with a gift of $125,000. Alternatively, you can choose to fully fund the construction of the entire building—which includes Āśā House and Māyā House—with a generous gift of $250,000. 

If you fund the building (two homes), you will receive exclusive naming rights as a special thank you! A dedicated plaque will be displayed in the new building to honour your incredible generosity.

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Āśā House

$125,000 would fund the entire construction of Āśā House, from foundations to roofing, providing a loving home for up to 10 vulnerable children at any given time.

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Āśā House and Māyā House

$250,000 would fund the construction of the whole building, which includes both Āśā House and Māyā House, providing loving homes for up to 20 vulnerable children combined at any given time.

Got questions or want more information?

You can speak directly with one of our partnership managers about this giving opportunity by emailing or calling 1300 081 190.

Give now to help build Āśā House

Give Freedom - 100% Funding Model

Thank you for your generosity! You can fully fund the construction of Āśā House with a gift of $125,000 or part-fund the build with an amount of your choice. All Australian donations over $5 are fully tax deductible—and 100% will go directly to the field.

Please note: For security purposes, there is a $125,000 credit card transaction limit. If you wish to give over this amount, please process your gift in multiple transactions of no more than $125,000 at a time. Thank you for your generosity!

Funding Policy: 100% of all gifts made here will be directed to Give Freedom International program. Give Freedom’s program focus is infrastructure and capacity-building work known as The Pokhara Project, in partnership with 3 Angels Nepal, which includes the construction of vulnerable children’s homes. Please note that a limited proportion of these funds may be directed to disaster relief and other emergency support for our Field Partner prior to the completion of their new facilities.

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.