- What We Do
- Little Princes
Since the release of 'Little Princes' The Umbrella Foundation homes in Kathmandu have received a lot of attention from people wishing to visit our organisation. In order to fully protect our children we must insist that people do not visit the homes. We have a duty of care to our children and their safety is paramount.
The Umbrella Foundation offers a safe haven for children who were victims of child trafficking and neglect. To allow tourists or outsiders to enter our homes, interact with the children and to take their photos etc. would be inappropriate and insensitive to the children's backgrounds.
Our volunteers are given training on child protection and the necessary boundaries that they should keep between them and the children. It takes each volunteer time to build up a level of trust with the children and this process will only be lengthened by sporadic, short visits.
A person without Umbrella Foundation photo ID, offering to bring you to Umbrella or accept a donation on our behalf does not work for us so please do not accept their help.
It is worth noting at this point that many of the illegal, corrupt homes and organisations that our children were rescued from would take advantage and exploit the generosity of visitors to Nepal. It was in many homes interest to keep a home looking poor and 'needy' in order to insight a donation from the foreigner. Many homes would keep the children in poorer conditions than needed be in order to exploit the visitor's sympathy. Please be wary of these tactics as our actions are only propagating the problem rather than solving it!