Help us get 301 kids home!
In June 2018, Born to Belong Foundation’s Nepal operations rescued 301 children from an abusive orphanage in Chitwan District.
The children had been subjected to the worst abuse and neglect imaginable. They weren’t being fed adequately – mostly subsisting on a diet of two-minute noodles. They were sleeping like a pack of sardines huddled together on hessian blankets, the only form of warmth they had through Nepal’s winter months.
The orphanage was grossly understaffed with only two wardens to look after all 301 children. There were endless reports of physical and sexual abuse – sometimes being inflicted by the orphanage warden and sometimes by the older children. Children were forced to do hard labour: tending to the 30 buffalo, planting rice, and building the orphanage compound.
They were also threatened to keep quiet. The orphanage director warned them that if they ever told anyone what was happening in the orphanage ‘they would be burned in a big fire’. Despite the threats, some children did try to escape, but the isolated location of the orphanage meant the children were always caught and brought back.
Shockingly, most of these children are not even orphans. They have families and homes waiting for them.
Urgent action is required. We are calling on your help.
Following the rescue, the orphanage has been transformed into a transit home. The 301 children‘s immediate needs are being attended to while our Nepali team begin the hard work of reuniting them with their families.
We simply won’t be able to achieve this unless we have support. It takes considerable funds to nurse the children back to health, find their families, and then help strengthen the family and ensure their ongoing safety and wellbeing. We need at least $100,000 to make it happen. It’s a tiny amount, when you consider the value of these children’s lives.
Make a tax-deductible donation today and help us get the children back home, where they belong.
Born to Belong Foundation was forged from the innovative work of Cambodian Children's Trust and Forget Me Not.
We started by rescuing children from corrupt orphanages in Cambodia, Nepal and Uganda. With the best of intentions, we set up orphanages to care for the rescued children. Shockingly, we discovered that the children were not orphans. We started the challenging journey of reuniting them with their families and transforming our orphanages into our family-based care model.
We conducted some of the first orphanage rescues and orphanage transformations in developing countries.
We are now scaling our Family-based Care Model in Cambodia and Nepal.
About Born to Belong Foundation
Born to Belong Foundation is a solution to end the era of orphanages.
We work with communities in developing countries to reverse and prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children. Our Family-based Care Model makes orphanages redundant. We are currently operating in Cambodia, Nepal, India and Uganda—and it’s working.