Safe, loving homes for orphaned children living along one of the world’s busiest human trafficking corridors
Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Himalayan mountains in West Bengal, India, Kalimpong is renowned for its natural beauty and its rich ecological diversity.
It also lies within the path of one of the world’s busiest slave routes. Almost 200,000 people a year are trafficked from Nepal into India along the two countries’ porous border. Trafficking victims, especially girls and women, are sold across India and around the world, forced to work in dangerous and degrading labor and sex slavery.
In 2011, Asia’s Hope began partnering with local Nepali-ethnicity leaders in Kalimpong to establish long-term, family-style homes for orphaned and vulnerable kids at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation.
Today, we provide comprehensive care for 140 children at six homes in Kalimpong. In contrast to traditional institutional orphanages, our homes are designed to function like real families.
Some of the kids in our care had parents who were killed in accidents, or succumbed to disease. Some have parents serving long prison sentences, or who have been trafficked for labor or sex. Others have simply been abandoned or permanently separated due to extreme poverty, family trauma or forced migration.
Before coming to Asia’s Hope, these kids lived each day in abject poverty and at extraordinary risk of being exploited, abused or trafficked themselves. Now, they live as dearly loved children in stable homes. They’re enrolled in school, and they’re doing well. Your membership in The Himalayan Partnership will help us meet the needs of the children living in our existing six homes, and also set the stage for the possibility of future initiatives on this strategic frontier in the battle against child trafficking and exploitation.