A day to cherish our women

May 4, 2022

This International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, BTO board member Kate Fewings took the opportunity to fund activities that would benefit women in our programs not just for one day, but for years to come. IWD is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role that women play in our lives, and where we are on the...

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Isaac’s Story

April 7, 2022

When he was 16 years old, Isaac was living on the streets of Nairobi and critically ill from kidney failure. Living in substandard conditions and sleeping in the rain had taken its toll. Our partner Alfajiri learnt of his situation when he attended its art therapy workshops, and supported him to completely turn his life around. Isaac...

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We’re so proud of Jeevan!

March 4, 2022

After spending most of his 19 years with Star Children, a residential home for HIV-affected young people, Jeevan is ready to fly the nest. And we couldn’t be prouder! When Jeevan was only 5 years old, he was brought with his older sister to Star Children after their HIV-positive parents passed away. When they first arrived,...

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No girl should be held back by her period

February 9, 2022

Without proper menstrual health, young women can have regular infections, unmanaged pain and shame around what is happening to their bodies. A period should never hold any young woman back and with 85% of the young women in our programs at menstruating age, menstrual health is a priority for our care model. The Period Power...

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Soumy’s Cancer Treatment with Love from our Youth

December 10, 2021

When 7-year-old Soumy from rural Nepal was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma his parents could never have anticipated that four young women on the other side of the world would step in to raise money for his treatment. Not knowing how they would pay for the six-month cancer treatment, Soumy’s parents turned to their local government...

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Sano Paila impact story- Shaili putting Bhaitika to Sahas

Shaili & Sahas Reunited

October 12, 2021

When Shaili and her brother Sahas were just 4 and 5 years old, they were separated. Their grandmother could no longer care for them, and a neighbour took Sahas to an orphanage in Kathmandu, and then later their uncle took Shaili to a different orphanage in Kathmandu. It would be more than a decade before...

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New Hope for Prakash

August 31, 2021

For Prakash the odds were heavily stacked against him; growing up in extreme poverty with a hearing impairment and from the Dalit caste, Nepal’s so-called ‘untouchable’ people. It takes five hours walking on foot to reach the place where Prakash’s family of four lives. They have no land for production, no employment, and they provide labour...

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This is Jude’s Story

August 3, 2021

From having raised himself on the streets of Nairobi, 21-year-old Jude is using his agricultural skills to help others who are struggling to feed their families. Jude’s mother died when he was young and he didn’t know his father, rendering him a vulnerable child fending for himself on the streets. As a teenager Jude first attended...

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Sanu’s Story

June 30, 2021

Looking at her infectious smile, you wouldn’t guess that Sanu had a rough start in life.  As a young child, she was found living in an unsafe environment. Like many of the children taken in by our partner Sano Paila, little is known about her background, and attempts to locate her family were unsuccessful.  Sanu went to...

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A special kind of person – Sujita’s story

April 21, 2021

It takes a very special kind of person to create a safe and loving environment for vulnerable children to thrive in. Sujita Tamrakar is one such woman. Sujita is a Program Manager for our in-country partner Sano Paila. Together Sano Paila and BTO provide two small, loving family homes for vulnerable and abandoned children who, for...

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