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 Great Britain & Ireland is a volunteer movement with nearly 7000 members in 320 clubs across the UK, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Malta, working from local to global in order to transform the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enablement.

This project not only delivers against our Soroptimist goals but also aligns with 7 of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and is an excellent example of working in positive partnerships.


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.


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"I am delighted that we are partnering with ChoraChori on this amazing project. Making a difference to the lives of women and girls is at the heart of what we do as Soroptimists. This project means we can equip the most vulnerable girls with skills for life and give them opportunities to build a path to becoming independent, confident citizens of the future. Join me in Empowering Girls in Nepal – together we can leave a lasting legacy."
Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020


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.



As Joint Project Liaison, Helen and Rayner are the link between SIGBI and ChoraChori. They are supported by a team of SIGBI Project Ambassadors who will promote the project to members and clubs in the organisation.



Project Liaison

A long-standing member of SI Bridgend, Helen is enthusiastic about the difference Soroptimists can make to the lives of women and girls. This project is a powerful example of the results we can achieve if we take action. She is excited to work with Philip and his team.



Project Liaison

Rayner is also a long-standing member of SI Bridgend and a firm believer that education is the key to empowering girls and lifting them out of poverty. She is inspired by the work that ChoraChori does and is keen to encourage Soroptimists to get involved.


The Big Curry

Join us for The Big Curry on 7th December live-streamed from The Gurkha Durbar in Grayshott, UK at 1.30 p.m. GMT when ChoraChori Founder Philip Holmes and world-record breaking mountaineer Nirmal “Nims”Purja MBE will be addressing all our friends around the world. Here is former Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry explaining how you can do this remotely and support us on the day by making the perfect curry at home! You can download the recipe here.




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.


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