Several orphanages operating illegally in Kaski

- LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara

Aug 18, 2014-

While there are many orphan children are in lurch, a study has revealed that most orphanages established in the district have been housing those that have someone to care for rather than the ones left to look after themselves.

According to the study conducted by orphanages’ supervision committee led by assistant CDO Arjun Prasad Sharma, 63 orphanages operating in the district house 1,442 children, including 678 boys and 764 girls. Among them, only 18 percent amounting to 260 children have lost both parents, while 409 children (28.4 percent) were found having both parents. Meanwhile, six of them were found to be operating without valid registration and permission. While most were found operating without following the regulations, many did not meet the requirements. According to the report, Hebron Home, Heavenly Orphanage Home and New Garden Hostel had not been registered while Beloved Home, Namuna Children Home and Bethani Home did not have permits to operate in Kaski. There are 28 boys and 32 girls in these orphanages. The committee has sought for prompt legal action against those flouting the regulations.

According to the data, the orphanages are in violation of policy regarding operation of orphanages. The policy states that only children without both parents, with physical disability, extremely poor or in situations where they are left without an alternative can be placed in an orphanage. Those with one parent or relatives should be subjected to institutional care as a last resort, the policy states.

“With the exception of two to three percent, the children in the orphanages do not need institutional care,” said member secretary of the supervision committee Bharat Raj Baral. “We felt that orphanages were in need of children more than the other way round,” Baral said. Around 64 children in the orphanages did not have any knowledge about their parents, 511 had mothers and 198 had a father.

The report of the supervision committee which was compiled after a six-month survey states that the children with both parents or one were brought to the orphanages instead of making the parents responsible and giving them a chance at a family environment. It also implicated that the orphanages might have brought the children with ulterior motives rather than providing them alternative institutional care.

CDO Krishna Bahadur Raut said that no leeway shall be given to those found violating the law by shutting the orphanages operating illegally.

Published: 19-08-2014 09:19

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