13 children homes found violating standards

KATHMANDU: Most of the children homes in many districts of the country have been found to be operating against the Comprehensive Standards for Operation and Management of Residential Child Care Homes 2069.

The Central Child Welfare Board (CCWB) said that during a monitoring carried out for last 10 months, 13 such children homes were found to be in operation.

Garib Sudhar Manch in Banepa of Kavre, Hamro Ghar in Dhobighat of Lalitpur, Hamro Chautari in Kaski, New Vision Balgriha in Kaski, See Home in Satdobato of Lalitpur, Sadak Balbalika Rehabilitation Centre in Lajimpat of Kathmandu, Eternal World Ministries in Bhadrabas of Kathmandu, Help Lines in Gaushala of Kathmandu, Apanga Paropakar Sewa Kendra in Gongabu of Kathmandu and Anath Children Centre in Budanilakantha of Kathmandu would face the music as per the law.

A total of 178 children were rescued from these children's homes, it added.

The standards include provisions that identification details of any child in the children's home should be managed and proper accommodation, food and clothing should be ensured to the children.

CCWB Executive Director Tarak Dhital told Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) that a priority would be given to rehabilitation of the rescued children with their family or they would be sent to other children's homes working under the committee.

According to data collected during the fiscal year 2015/16, 577 children homes are operating in various 44 districts with 353 based in Kathmandu Valley alone.

Of them, four children homes and two child reform centres are being run on subsidy amounts provided by the government.

The total 16,400 children are taking shelter in these children homes.