A Home for Kathmandu's Street Children

The ROKPA Children's Home has enough space for up to 60 former street kids. Here they experience – maybe for the first time in their lives – protection and security. They are helped to develop individually and receive training for future employment.

Orphans and children from impoverished families are welcomed with open arms in the ROKPA Children's Home, they are lovingly cared for and receive an education both in acquiring intellectual knowledge and a better understanding of care and compassion for one another. Thanks to your donations, these children are brought up to be responsible and self-confident human beings who will never have to resort to begging again.

In addition to social contacts, membership of a "family", the reintegration of these children in society is important because, due to their "street child" stigma, they were treated like outcasts. Thanks to trained caregivers, with music, dance theaters, sports and a lot of affection, they learn to process and overcome their traumatic experiences.

Rescuing Children from the Streets

Donations in Kind

If you would like to support ROKPA Children with donations in kind, please contact the ROKPA Headquarters in Zurich. We are happy to give you information about what is needed locally. Thank you very much!

How to reach us: Phone no.: +41 44 262 68 88, E-mail: info (at) rokpa.org

Former Street-Children tell their Stories...

  • “Life in the streets had made me hard on the inside. The street meant freedom to me! But what kind of freedom was that? It was the freedom to be overlooked and disregarded by everyone, the freedom to do everything or nothing at all. Sometimes I ask myself what would have become of my life if Mummy Lea hadn’t picked me up off the street.

    When I pass the stupa in Boudha (Kathmandu) these days, I sometimes see old friends from my days in the street. They’re still living on the street, while I lead a blessed life. Some of them have already been to prison several times!

    It makes me happy to be a member of the ROKPA family. Now I have more than 60 brothers and sisters. It is so wonderful to live together with people you love and respect. My parents fought every night. My little brother and I cried ourselves to sleep every night. Nobody consoled us. 

    Mummy Lea and ROKPA supplied me with food, lodging, clothing and a superior education. This helped me understand who I am, what I am doing and where my path will lead.”

  • “I grew up in a village with my grandparents because my parents worked in Kathmandu. Even though I was very small, I had to take care of all the jobs in the household from morning to night. One day, my parents came to pick me up. My father drank excessively and regularly beat my mother. It hurt me to see this, but I couldn’t do anything. Sometimes there was nothing to eat for days.

    With my mother I went to ROKPA’s soup kitchen, where we got hot tea with bread in the morning and for lunch a delicious, warm meal. Since we came every day, Mummy Lea noticed me. She asked me whether I’d like to go to school. I said yes right away, since that was my great dream. I always gazed after the children who went to school and profoundly wished to be one of them.

    ROKPA took me in in 1996. In the past 13 years, I have learned a lot – not just in school, but also about real life. I was once the neglected child of social outcasts and had no identity. Thanks to ROKPA, I am no longer rejected, I am no longer demeaned and I have friends. This is the greatest happiness for me. 

    Today I can read, write, make my own decisions and distinguish between right and wrong. My dark life is slowly fading and becoming as bright as the sun. ROKPA’s education boosted my self-confidence enormously and gives me the security to be able to realize my dreams.”

  • “I come from a very remote place in the Himalayas – called Dolpa – where people live as nomads. It was a very hard life, one you cannot compare with life in the city. My parents are very poor. 

    When I fell ill with measles and the high lamas couldn’t cure me, my parents decided to bring me to Kathmandu for treatment. I was taken in at one of the least expensive hospitals. During that time, my parents begged on the street. But the money was not even enough for the medicines. 

    One day my mother discovered a place where hot tea was served in the morning and a warm meal at mid-day - the ROKPA Soup Kitchen. On the next day, my parents brought me to the adjoining medical tent, hoping that the costs for my cure could be met there. Here I met Mummy Lea. On this day, my life changed completely.

    My life at ROKPA got much better than I would have been able to imagine. I got more than 60 new brothers and sisters and attended school. 

    Now I’m fine because I don’t need to worry about my job future and I’m able to stand on my own two feet.”

  •  “When I now strive to achieve my goals with dedication and resolve, I always remember how my life changed drastically many years ago, when my second mother entered my life.

    After my birth mother died, when I was five or six years old, and my so-called relatives abandoned me, I was quickly becoming a good-for-nothing. However, I was picked up by ROKPA and sent to a good school. Since then I have never looked back. They taught me to become strong, helpful, kind and, most importantly, a good person. 

    Thanks to ROKPA I am well-educated and able to cope with my life. ROKPA gave me a family and a mother who loves us very much and supports us at every step in life.

    A few years ago I moved out of the children’s house and since then I live independently. I love every moment of my life. I know how one can help other people and be a good role model. Today I'm the manager of the ROKPA Children's Home; moreover I'm managing various ROKPA-projects in Nepal.

    I am grateful that Mummy Lea and ROKPA believed in me.”