Projects – ChoraChori

ChoraChori girls’ trauma management centre, Nepal

Girl in the art therapy room

ChoraChori is a UK based charity which aims to confront violence against Nepali children and to address its consequences. The Mandala Trust has contributed to a new therapeutic centre for girls who have been rescued from trafficking or abusive situations, providing the funding to furnish and equip bedrooms, an office, an art therapy room and a sensory room, and to provide a security camera.

In February 2018 in a high-profile case, ChoraChori was central in supporting a girl victim of sexual assault at a village close to the Tibet border, overcoming local and police resistance towards registering a case against the assailant. They also liaised with World Food Programme to alert them to the fact that the assailant was working with one of their partner NGOs, allegedly trading food for sex. The girl herself came to the Trauma Centre for a month where she received one-to-one support from a psychosocial counsellor before returning voluntarily to the village.

Part of ChoraChori’s approach is for traumatised girls to work alongside trafficking-prone girls who have been trained in art and craft skills. In the centre’s first year, British fashion and design graduates volunteered to teach a group of girls screen-printing, felt work and basic tailoring skills. They produced goods that were sold at Christmas fairs in the UK and made approximately £1,000.

Additionally, a Dutch volunteer, who has a degree in product design, taught the girls how to work with recycled materials, including techniques for making carrier bags out of sacks that had been used for rice, corn and lentils. Sales of these products in Europe have already raised a further £1,000 for the centre, helping towards its sustainability in the longer term.