Hope for Himalayan Kids (HFHK) Australia is a registered not-for-profit, child welfare organisation providing assistance in Nepal.
HFHK in Australia was registered in September 2006 as a charitable trust, with a public registered company as Trustee. In Australia, HFHK's primary function is to assist HFHK Nepal by raising funds, but also conducts other general administrative activities such as bookkeeping, accounting, communication and assistance with the Newsletter – all of these activities are conducted by volunteers who generously provide their time and effort free.
HFHK operates in Nepal through its implementing partner the SAHARA Group. The SAHARA Group is registered with both the Nepal Government and the Social Welfare Council as a Non Government Organization.
Before the establishment of HFHK the founding members had been working together on behalf of orphaned and abandoned children in Nepal since October 2003.
HFHK believes that all children have a right to be protected from harm. It is globally accepted that institutions are harmful to children and are a wholly inadequate system of caring for children. All of HFHK's work is founded on the strongly held belief that institutionalisation is not the answer for children who are orphaned, abandoned or at-risk.
HFHK is therefore dedicated to child protection through deinstitutionalisation, ensuring orphaned, abandoned and at-risk Nepalese children receive the best possible care to ensure their good health, proper development and overall well being.
HFHK is proud to announce the closure of the two children's homes under our care. As a reult, 21 children have been re-integrated with their families, 6 are living independently and the remaining 25 are in five foster family groups.
HFHK has established 3 programs in order to achieve child protection through deinstitutionalisation.1. Alternative Care Development
HFHK develops appropriate alternative care arrangements for Nepali children living in institutions.2. Family Support Program
HFHK works with at-risk children, their families and the community to prevent children being unnecessarily institutionalised in Nepal.3. Alternative Care Management
HFHK has already successfully deinstitutionalised a large number of children, who were previously living in an institution, through family reintegration, foster care and supported independent living. This program monitors all alternative care arrangements and ensures their continued success.
That orphaned, abandoned and at-risk Nepalese children will be protected from the harms of institutionalisation, and will receive the best possible care to ensure their good health, proper development and overall well being.
We believe that every child has the right to a safe, supported environment where they can develop and flourish.
We believe that institutionalisation of children is not the answer and we will protect children through a process of deinstitutionalisation by:
- supporting families to stay together;
- preventing unnecessary institutionalisation; and
- improving living conditions before developing and maintaining alternative care for children already in institutions.