Who We Are
Recent Key Achievements
- We’ve supported over 8,000 street, working, trafficked and at-risk children
- We’ve helped reduced child labour in Pokhara by 73%
- We’ve provided life skills training to 1,500 young people
- Almost 4,000 children have been supported into education
- 2,700 out-of-school children have received tailored non-formal education
- We’ve provided protective shelter for more than 300 girl victims of sexual abuse
- 1,400 children have been removed from the streets, labour or exploitative situations and returned home
Kidasha is a children’s charity that passionately believes that every child – irrespective of background, ethnicity or religion – should be safe from neglect, abuse or exploitation, and be given the best possible opportunities to fulfil their dreams.
For over 20 years, we have been working with local partners to improve the lives of some of the most marginalised and vulnerable children in Nepal, one of the poorest and most overlooked countries in the world.
We particularly support street children, child labourers and working children, victims of abuse, exploitation and modern-day slavery, and ‘out of school’ children living in urban slums.
Our support includes providing safe temporary shelter, access to learning, training and employment opportunities, life skills development, and group and individual guidance and counselling.
Who we are
Kidasha works to reduce the causes and impact of entrenched poverty and social exclusion to stop exploitation and violence against children in Nepal.Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with 1 in 4 living on less than $0.50 a day. Thousands of the poorest from rural areas are migrating to the cities in search of better opportunities, resulting in rapid growth in chronically poor slum populations. The majority are invisible to policymakers and struggle to survive outside of traditional community safety nets in a context of unemployment and high living costs.
Children living in urban poverty, especially those surviving outside of family care, are particularly vulnerable to long-term harm resulting from neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation. Without effective protection and support, these children will remain trapped in the cycle of poverty.
Recognising our unique understanding of the complex issues facing children and families living in urban poverty and our extensive experience of developing interventions to support them, in 2017 we decided to target all our work on the poorest urban settings.
Our goal is to increase the aspiration and resilience of children and adolescents growing up in urban poverty and increase their chances of moving out of poverty by:
- Improving physical and emotional wellbeing
- Reducing neglect, abuse and exploitation
- Increasing participation in learning and positive employment
To learn more about our approach see our Theory of Change.
What Makes Us Different
We are not afraid to fail.
We thrive on a challenge and are not afraid to risk missing our targets meaning we are able to focus on tackling the most difficult entrenched problems.
We don’t want to conquer the world.
We want to make a big difference in one country rather than a small difference in lots of different countries,hence we only work in Nepal.
We want to be redundant.
We don’t want to be around for a long time-We want to be buils lasting local capacity self reliance as quickly as possible so we can move on to the next challenge!
We maintain a balanced diet and fitness routine.
We work hard to remain slim,flexible and agile so that we are cost effective and can readily adapt to changing needs.
We don’t profess to know it all.
We actively encourage and facilate wider collabration between different individuals and organizations to ensure the best possible outcomes and avoid unnecessary waste and duplication.
We don’t aim to simply ease symptoms.
We put an equal,if not greater,focus on building local capacity to address underlying root causes and break negative cycles thereby enabling lasting change and ensuring more positive futures.
We are not impressed by big numbers.
Our aim is to create lasting change for the most vulnerable children, not to deleiver short term material benefits to as many children as possible.
We offered superb tailoring.
We excel in creating tailored innovative intentions that closely match the needs of the most vulnerable children and families those that are invariably excluded from the benefits of a ‘one size fits all approach’.
Meet the team
Senior Management Team:
Janice Miller – Chief ExecutiveAfter more than 20 years working in a variety of senior roles in large multinational organisations within the private sector, Janice was inspired to change career after time spent volunteering in Peru. Using her prior experience she worked as a consultant, specialising in organisational restructuring and turnaround for smaller UK charities and social enterprises. She joined the Kidasha board in this capacity in 2010 and was made CEO in April 2011.
Jeremy Southon – Country Representative / Programme ManagerAfter studying in Edinburgh, Jeremy originally went to Kathmandu for 6 months to develop an outreach programme with street-connected children, 15 years later he is still there. Initially working with VSO developing programmes for street children in Kathmandu, he went on to work with a number of international organisations, including UNICEF, on juvenile justice and child protection issues before joining Kidasha in 2006 and moving to Pokhara. Jeremy has authored a number of research articles on street-connected children for UNESCO and Save the Children.
Hitman Gurung – Programme Support ManagerHitman is Kidasha’s main contact for government agencies and other external stakeholders in Nepal. He has almost 15 years’ experience working in the civic sector in Nepal and has worked for Kidasha for over 10 years. He was one of the first to do research on children trafficked from Nepal into circuses. He has two sons and newborn daughter.
Basanta Parajuli – Financial ControllerA qualified Chartered Accountant in both Nepal and the UK, Basanta has more than 18 years of experience in finance, and has successfully overseen the financial management of numerous bilateral and multilateral projects within the NGO sector.
Board of Trustees:
Nick Barry (Chair)Nick is a proud Welshman who has been married to Anne for 38 years and has two wonderful children. Throughout his career he has worked in public service either through working for the DHSS/DSS/DWP or through private sector contracts to the DWP. His interest in Nepal increased considerably after volunteering and living in Kathmandu for two years. He is passionate about providing the children of Nepal with as much support as possible. He says "My personal experience has shown me how hard life is for the vast majority of Nepali young people and I am humbled to be able to help support an organisation that strives to offer protection and hope." Nick joined the board in Spring 2016 and became chair of the board in December 2016.
Alun George (Treasurer)Alun is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ corporate finance experience with blue chip companies including Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser. His roles have covered a broad range of finance-based activities including strategic planning, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He has a degree in Law from Oxford University. Alun joined the Board in the summer of 2017.
Dipak KarkiDipak was born in Kathmandu, Nepal and moved to the UK as a child. He has over 20 years of banking and financing experience, including 16 years working for the Royal Bank of Scotland, where latterly he was Head of Shipping Coverage for various regions in both investment and corporate banking divisions. Since leaving RBS in 2015, he has been providing advice and consultancy on maritime financing and loan facilities. Dipak still has family living in Nepal and has good connections with the Nepali Diaspora in the UK. He is also Head of Colts Cricket at Haywards Heath and Founder and Chairman of the Wivelsfield Bonfire Society.
Elizabeth WatermanElizabeth is an Occupational Therapist with nearly 40 years professional experience covering a range of specialties including paediatrics. She has broad business experience having built and then run the largest independent Occupational Therapy practice in the country. This combined with being a chartered company secretary gives her a unique range of business skills. She is a past trustee and Vice Chairman of the College of Occupational Therapists. Elizabeth has been involved with her husband John in fundraising for Kidasha since the charities inception and has visited Nepal on three extended trips visiting many of its projects. Elizabeth joined the board in March 2016.
Julie YogasundramJulie has over 30 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, more than 20 years of which was at director level. Much of her career has been in the social housing sector with an emphasis on developing new services and organisations designed to facilitate independence for people with support needs. From 2007, Julie spent two years working as an organisational development adviser with a Nepali human rights charity in Kathmandu. She joined the board in 2012 and acted as chair from 2013 - December 2016.
London and Nepal Staff
Kidasha has offices in London and Pokhara, Nepal. The small London team provides overall governance, management and fundraising support. Kidasha’s programme teams are located in Pokhara and made up of locally recruited staff. They have in-depth, firsthand knowledge of the situation on the ground in Nepal. Further, some of our employees are former beneficiaries with direct experience of the issues we work in and the impact we have.
Our location within the heart of the communities we work with in Nepal, allows us to conduct firsthand research to inform our work with partner organisations, to build quality projects which have a sustained impact. At a grassroots level we directly provide support to children and families. At a national level, we work to influence and improve government policy. Internationally, we are members of the Consortium for Street-Children dedicated to realising the rights of street children globally.
Janice Miller – Chief Executive Officer
Caroline Emlyn Jones – Fundraiser
Jeremy Southon – Country Representative / Programme Manager
Hitman Gurung – Programme Support Manager
Basanta Raj Parajuli – Finance Controller
Sachin Shakya – Programme Officer
Ramesh Bastola – Programme Officer
Sanjaya Atreya – Project Advisor
Sabin Udas – Admin & Finance Officer
Shanti B.K. – Office Helper
Tanka Prasad Shrestha – Driver/Office Assistant