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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 7000 Members in 320 Clubs in 29 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.

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.


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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"Helen Murdoch and Rayner Rees are SIGBI Project Liaison for Empowering Girls in Nepal creating the link between SIGBI and ChoraChori. As long-standing members of Soroptimist International Bridgend, they are enthusiastic about the difference Soroptimists can make to the lives of women and girls. They were inspired by the work that ChoraChori undertakes and are excited to encourage Soroptimists to get involved. They will be supported by a team of SIGBI Project Ambassadors who will promote the project to members and clubs in the organisation."
Helen Murdoch and Rayner Rees


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.




“Nims” Purja

Former Gurkha and Special Forces soldier “Nims” Purja became our third Ambassador in 2019. Nims has a series of mountaineering world records to his name, not to mention saving the lives of a number of stricken climbers in the Himalayas. For these he was appointed MBE by HM The Queen in 2016. In 2019 he undertook “Project Possible”, endeavouring to set a new world record for summitting the world’s mountains 14 that are over 8,000 metres, all of which are in the Himalayas, in seven months. The previous record for this achievement stands at almost 8 years!

Nims chose our charity from the large number that approached him because he felt that our edgy work most reflected his own values. He also is passionate about mental health issues (a subject that attracts a great deal of stigma in Nepal) having lost a close friend in the past year to suicide. And, having seen with his own eyes the impact of climate change in the Himalayas, is urging us all to take action now before it’s too late.



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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