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Hatemalo - Hand in Hand für Nepal e.V.

Händelstr. 1
53115 Bonn

Adresse e-mail:michael.luedeke@hatemalo.de
Interlocuteur: Michael Lüdeke

Les Thèmes

We strive to enable disadvantaged children and families in Nepal to provide for themselves and build an independent existence. Our goal is not only to alleviate their immediate suffering, but to contribute to their development as educated, self-confident, and socially engaged personalities. It is only then that they can contribute to change in their society.

Hatemalo is Nepalese for hand in hand. We have chosen hands as our logo as we believe in making change happen and not just talking about it. For that we need to work together with the Nepalese people - hand in hand rather than external support. Our help is directed at children who fight for survival at the fringes of society:

Imprisoned children: Many Nepalese are sent to prison following theft or other minor crimes they commit to survive. Their children have the choice to live on the street or follow them into prison. Many of them join their parents in their cells, where they are locked up in a tiny space until their parents are released.

Circus children: These Nepalese children - many of them from deprived families - were abducted by child traffickers when they were five to nine years of age. They were sold off to Indian circusses where they were held like animals, exploited, and abused. Most of them are severely traumatised.

Disabled children: Many Nepalese children with physical or mental disabilities lead their lives as outcasts. They are locked up or stigmatised and mistreated as "village idiots". Due to their handicap, their social environment ignores and segregates them. Consequently, there are hardly any schools or other training opportunities open to them.

Slum children: We can hardly imagine the living conditions of these children. Most of them collect food leftovers to survive. Their families are too poor to feed all of their kids. Hardly any of them go to school.

Our goal is to free the children from their immediate suffering and then provide them and their relatives with the means to build up an independent existence within their social environment. To achieve this goal:

• We plan rescue operations to free children from Indian circuses. So far, we have freed more than 300 children;
• We accommodate 130 children in our children's homes (mainly prison children, circus children, and slum children) providing emotional and educational support until they are strong enough to stand on their own feet;
• We support schools - including a school for deaf children and a school for mentally disabled children. We contribute to pay for teachers, books, the building of classrooms, scholarship for disadvantaged children, and school buses, to name a few;
• We condcut, with the support of our Nepalese partner organisation, awareness training to those living in rural areas who are affected by problems such as child trafficking;
• We offer free occupational training, e. g. to become a sewer, potter, or mosaic artist;
• We provide microloans to those starting their own businesses.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work..


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