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A letter from Philip Holmes, co-founder of ChoraChori

Dear Lyn,

Today is the second anniversary of the Nepal earthquake that killed 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. But there was a less obvious consequence of the disaster. Hundreds of children fled the destruction and chaos to seek a better life in India while many others were trafficked. Sadly, too often this became a case of "out of the frying pan, into the fire" with children being found by the Indian authorities and imprisoned in squalid "children's shelters". And two years on many kids are still missing.

Since August 2015 ChoraChori has been unique in sending rescue teams into India to find these lost children and bring them home. So far we've rescued 105 children including 33 in one operation last month (see the link to the film at the foot of this message). We have been successful in our Aim of returning children to their families. Only 32 returnees are still in our care while we continue their rehabilitation. That's because we are finding some children have returned with a legacy of mental trauma of a scale that is unprecedented in our work. We are having to manage little boys who have been diagnosed as being at risk of suicide. One girl in her early teens has spent a year locked up in a brothel.

To meet the need ChoraChori has built a child trauma management centre collocated with our Kathmandu refuge. We funded this capital project entirely through the "Taking the High Road" cycle challenge last year. Now we aim to launch the childcare programme through an online appeal using the GlobalGiving platform. To mark the second anniversary of the earthquake, GlobalGiving will be matching all online donations at 50%. In other words a £10 gift becomes £15 - or equivalent in any major currency - up to a maximum donation of £800 (i.e. US$1,000). The campaign went live at 2 p.m. UK time today. There is an added incentive for participating charities: GlobalGiving will also be awarding two prizes of £800 in the first 24 hours. One will be for the most funds raised and the other for the most individual donors.

So please donate and share this message as widely as you can as I would love ChoraChori to claim at least one of these prizes! You can find the appeal page using the button below:

If you prefer to send a cheque that's just as welcome. You can use the charity address at the bottom of this message.

Thanks so much and very best wishes


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Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2HQ
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