122 rescued from illegal child care home

The "Central Child Welfare Board, in coordination with the [Nepali] National Centre for Children at Risk, local level representatives and police, rescued a total of 122 children from Sukedhara-based Aishworya Children’s Home being operated without meeting minimum standards prescribed by the existing law," according to this article from the Himalayan Times. According to the article, the children's parents and guardians had been asked to pay a fee to place the children in the home with a promise of "a bright future for their child." However, the facility was found to be incompliant with the Standards for Operation and Management of Residential Child Care Homes 2012. “The children’s home had not maintained personal record files and other documents of any child. It was also found to have separated the children from their natural parents. Living condition of children inside the house was deplorable and there was no provision for medical treatment for the children,” said Ram Bahadur Chand, a CCWB official. The article states that, though child care homes are meant to be used only to care for orphans and children without adequate family care, it has become a common practice for poor families to send their children to such facilities in the hopes of providing their children with better education and opportunities. These institutions are often funded by international organization and donors, says the article. "Some children in such facilities were admitted with insufficient or no documents. Many child care homes were found to have no proper documentation for rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration process."