How it Begins: Imagine you are living in a place so poor and remote that your family survives on $100 a year. The closest school is a 5 hour walk and the teachers rarely show up anyway. A trusted member of your community, neighbor or family relative approaches you with the idea that he can help your child and your family have a better and easier future life.
Where the Road Ends: A Reconnection Update Mahendra, our anti-trafficking coordinator, is traveling through the jungle under brutal conditions with no roads to monitor children that NGN rescued right after the Great Earthquake.
A testimonial from this recent talk: Zia came to our meeting this morning and was just wonderful. Her presentation was very informative and beautifully delivered. The screen notes and the video were extremely helpful. She got lots of applause and after she left, I had many members tell me how much they enjoyed the presentation.
When I was 15, I flew to Nepal. Hiking through the Himalayas, while teaching school children English and helping out at an orphanage? Could I have been a more selfless teenager? I was off to save the world. There are few things more cringe-worthy than watching 20 British schoolgirls trying to build a well under the scalding Nepalese heat. This is what I imagine a group of local men were thinking as they politely stood back while we puzzled our way through this contraption.
The Australian Consulate-General held a public outreach event for NGOs and civil society in Bali and launched the Australian Government’s #smartvolunteering campaign on Thursday amid reports about donated goods from Australia being held at the customs office in Bali.
On March 7th, NGN rescued 12 children from the sparse, no longer funded and unhygienic conditions of a children's home in Kathmandu. They are now staying at NGN's transit home while they receive medical and dental care during the time it takes to be in contact with their families. We have no idea what might have happened to these kids if the home's operator hadn't accepted this intervention by the Nepal Government and NGN.
This is a short paper produced by Next Generation Nepal (NGN) to advise members of the public and tourists who may encounter child trafficking or child abuse in children's homes or orphanages in Nepal.
The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will on Thursday announce a campaign involving states, territories, schools and universities to curb Australian involvement in so-called orphanage tourism in developing nations.
The federal government has announced plans to divert well-meaning Australian volunteers from foreign orphanages that exploit fake orphans for profit. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop, will on Thursday announce a campaign involving states, territories, schools and universities to curb Australian involvement in so-called orphanage tourism in developing nations.
Child-protection groups claim some parents in countries such as Cambodia are increasingly placing their children in tourist supported orphanages because it is a better option then growing up in their own homes. UNICEF NZ executive director Vivien Maidaborn suggests the amount of orphanages may have gone up as a result of tourism.
There is mounting concern about orphanages and tourism around the world, but the response has been patchy. Our world is a diverse place and our understanding of orphanages varies between different source markets and destinations. Read more about it here.
This is the story of Upesh who is 12 years old. Upesh is a semi-orphan who lost his mother when he was very young and is living with his father and stepmother. After the earthquake hit he was intercepted and rescued by the NGN team and the Nepal Police. Read the full story here.