Rescue - Rehabilitation - Reintegration - Empowerment


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In Nepal, reported cases of rape have quadrupled in the past ten years. Girls’ lives are being destroyed as they face not only the violence and long-term mental trauma but also the stigma associated with rape. UK registered charity ChoraChori (the Nepali word for ‘children’) is leading the fight back as it supports victims and their families and brings rapists to justice.

Empowering girls in Nepal

This is a three-year collaboration between ChoraChori and Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland. The project supports rape survivors, trafficked and vulnerable girls as they rebuild their lives, empowering them through education and training into gainful employment and a future within society. To find out more about this exciting project click here

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Over the next 3 years, SIGBI will be supporting ChoraChori by raising vital funds to make a real and sustainable difference to the lives of vulnerable and trafficked girls in Nepal.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with nearly 80,000 Members in 124 countries. Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 8000 Members in 350 Clubs in 28 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.


ChoraChori’s mission is to rescue Nepalese children from abusive situations in Nepal and India, manage their trauma and reintegrate them, where possible, with their families and communities.

ChoraChori works with Nepalese NGO ChoraChori-Nepal to implement and achieve its goals. ChoraChori-Nepal has a dedicated legal team who visit the poorest communities to collect evidence and support victims and their families, ensuring successful prosecutions. ChoraChori’s partner, registered charity Unity in Health, provides consultancy and volunteer support to ChoraChori-Nepal staff counsellors at a purpose-built child trauma management centre. ChoraChori provides vocational training, collaborating with leading UK company Gandys to teach basic and advanced tailoring skills and with US non-profit Her Future Coalition to run a silver jewellery training workshop.

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Make the most of your fundraising and help spread the word with these Fundraising posters and leaflets about the Empowering Girls in Nepal project.


ChoraChori-Nepal has a dedicated legal team (pictured left) who visit the poorest communities to collect evidence and support victims and their families, ensuring successful prosecutions.

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"Yesterday was an honour and a humbling experience visiting Chorachori. We were overwhelmed by the dedication of the people who run it and meeting the kids who have just arrived. Some played outside and couldn’t believe they could go in and out onto the grass at will and not be locked in a room. Others just stayed in a room, sitting or laying on their mattresses saying very little and blank expressions because they are traumatised…..It is only now writing this that I am feeling the emotion our visit has provoked"
Dot Coupe, Trustee ADM Nepal


ChoraChori (the Nepali word for children) grew out of a strong personal and professional relationship between some committed people in the UK and Nepal



co-Founders ChoraChori-UK

Following a personal tragedy in 1999, Philip Holmes resigned immediately from his career as a British Army officer to dedicate his life to helping Nepalese children. After marrying former TV Producer Beverley Waymark the couple moved to live in Nepal in 2004 and to head up an anti-child trafficking programme that spelt freedom for hundreds of children. They returned to live in the UK in 2012 and soon afterwards registered ChoraChori with the Charity Commission. To read their remarkable story read Philip’s inspirational memoir, Gates of Bronze.



co-Founder of ChoraChori-Nepal

Originally from Kerala, south India, former Catholic sister Shailaja CM has been living in Nepal for the past 20 years. She first met Philip in 2002 and has been working with him ever since. Shailaja is one of life’s “Unsung heroes” who has an unrivalled track record in rescuing children from dangerous circumstances and attending to their long-term needs. She is in charge of operations in Nepal, including leading rescue missions into India.



co-Founder of ChoraChori-Nepal

Bhaskar Karki is the CEO of ChoraChori-Nepal. He has an MBA majoring in accounting and was Philip’s Deputy in Nepal from 2008 to 2012. He is just as passionate about child rescue as Shailaja, once joining her in jail, locked up for a night by a corrupt cop in a bid to dampen his ardour. His enthusiasm remains undiminished. Bhaskar is supported by his British wife, Jen, a former charity volunteer in Nepal who has a Masters in Development Studies.




Amrita Acharia, Nepalese-Ukrainian actress

” My recent visit to Chora Chori’s refuge cemented my respect and support for this amazing charity. I saw first hand the work that is done by an invested and genuine team to rehabilitate Nepalese children who have been through unspeakable trauma. Besides just bringing them out the other end, Chora Chori endeavours to – and succeeds – in rebuilding them emotionally and with education and tools for a better life and future once they are ready to leave “

from HBO "Game of Thrones" and ITV's "The Good Karma Hospital"


Please note that ChoraChori receives no government funding in either UK or Nepal.
We are entirely reliant on grants and public donations, including gifts in Wills.



We welcome you to contact us for more information.