The Umbrella Foundation Nepal
The Umbrella Foundation Nepal (www.umbrellanepal.org) is a non-profit NGO and registered charity working to alleviate the impact of trafficking, poverty and war in Nepal.
Established in 2005 in response to the growing number of illegal ‘orphanages’ neglecting children’s most basic rights – food, education, safe shelter, healthcare and love – we are a family-first charity which rescues vulnerable children and reintegrates them with their families and rural communities.
When this is not possible, we support them in our homes until such a time as they can stand on their own two feet. As a responsible and ethical organisation, we work alongside the Child Welfare Board to prevent further trafficking and corrupt children’s homes from operating.
Umbrella Trekking Nepal offers you the chance to trek for a charity, The Umbrella Foundation so that you can support its work protecting Nepal’s most vulnerable children.
The Umbrella Foundation was founded in response to the growing number of corrupt children’s homes or ‘orphanages’ in Kathmandu that neglected their children’s most basic rights – food, education, safe shelter, healthcare and love. In October 2005, with the help of the Nepali government’s Child Welfare Board (CWB), Umbrella carried out our initial rescue and closed down the first of these rogue facilities.
Recognising the high standard of care Umbrella offered its children, the Child Welfare Board sought our help in repeating this intervention elsewhere. Between 2005 and 2009, we closed down 10 corrupt homes and relocated the children living in them, many of whom were suffering from severe malnutrition, dehydration, forced labour and general ill-health. Umbrella also performed smaller-scale rescues of children from domestic servitude, abandonment, and life on the streets.
To date, we have rescued over 405 children from such conditions, providing safe accommodation, food, healthcare and education in the caring environment of our childcare homes.
For full information visit The Umbrella Foundation’s Rescue Children page
Umbrella is a very close-knit community with a great big family feel to it. As we focus first and foremost on reintegration, we currently only have 11 children in our childcare homes in the suburb of Swayambhu, Kathmandu. There are 2 homes – 1 girls’ and 1 boys’ – housing 5-6 children each and they are within 5 minute’s walk of each other.
The houses are:
|Annapurna||Home to 5 boys aged 15-18|
|Gauri Shankar||Home to 6 girls aged 12-17|
For full information visit The Umbrella Foundation’s Childcare Homes page
Reintegration refers to the process of reuniting a displaced, trafficked or abandoned child in Umbrella’s care with their family. This involves ensuring that the situation at home is stable and the child’s needs can be met in a caring environment.
Umbrella is committed to the safety, health and happiness of the rescued children in our care. The UN Convention on the Rights of a Child indicate that the best place for their psychosocial development is with their family or community of origin. Umbrella shares this stance and, where possible, we strive to return these vulnerable, isolated children from short-term housing back into a network of familial support and security.
Umbrella is currently supporting and regularly monitoring 99 children reunited with their families.
Reintegration is a long process that begins with our field officers gathering information about the child, their village and family. These are contacted and invited to spend time together. Gradually, the family bonds are tied and, after monitoring that the situation is stable and safe, the child is brought back to their village home. Umbrella continues to provide financial support towards education and living expenses, and regularly visits them to monitor their progress in terms of health and education, ensuring they are socially and emotionally happy.
For full information visit The Umbrella Foundation’s Reintegration page
The aim of the Next Steps Youth & Education Programme is to provide the children with the further education and personal skills necessary to become employable, independent and responsible citizens of Nepal.
In their final year of school, children take the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations. Upon finishing these, they undertake a volunteer placement in their home village. When results are published, they enter our Next Steps Youth & Education Programme (NSYEP) and have the option of taking either an academic or vocational course.
We are currently supporting and mentoring 67 Youth in our NSYEP Program.
We help them to move out into their own flats, where they learn to live, cook and budget for themselves. Our youth officer organises regular social events to ensure they remain actively involved in our community. We are with them every step of the way, counseling them and providing educational support and living allowances for the duration of their chosen course, and thereafter continue to be available to them in a supportive capacity.
Our intention is to facilitate their reintegration into Nepali society and help them develop skills that can aid their families and home communities. Our approach is focused on fostering the following characteristics: Independence; Responsibility; and Employability
For full information visit The Umbrella Foundation’s Next Steps Youth & Education Programme page
As a responsible and ethical charity, Umbrella works to spread awareness and implement programmes which prevent further child-trafficking and improve quality of life in vulnerable rural communities. Our projects to promote education, integrity of the family unit and community awareness are situated in villages across 4 districts (Kathmandu, Rasuwa (Langtang), Nuwakot and Sindhulpalchok), the origin of many children in our care and high-risk areas for trafficking.
For full information visit The Umbrella Foundation’s Community Support programme page