Astha Home for Girls
 
Central Blue Mountains Rotary has been involved with the Astha Home for Girls, Kathmandu, since 2012.
 
The Astha Home is a government registered charity, run by a Board and complying each year with government legislation. Our Club supports the education and training of girls and the purchase of equipment as necessary to support their professional training.
 
The Astha Home for Girls was formally established with the financial and physical assistance of a Nepali restaurant owner, the Himalayan Patan Rotary Club, a Canadian volunteer, and a New Zealand rural development consultant with long time experience in Nepal.
 
Central Blue Mountains Rotary became involved when a past president and his wife, visiting Nepal, promised the club’s support for a 10 year-old girl who was at great risk of being taken to the brothels of Mumbai by a close family member. She was immediately taken into the protection of the Astha Home, and in this supportive environment she has excelled.
 
The original eight girls were from Humla, a very impoverished District in North Western Nepal. When they were rescued from being trafficked into India and beyond and taken into care, they were illiterate, dirty, and totally lacking in social graces and life skills.
 
They were given baths, clean clothes and fed properly.   Then their schooling and training in social and life skills began.
 
They all attend, first a charity school and later a local, well-respected school in Kathmandu where they have excelled over the 10 years since they were rescued, and passed their School Leaving Certificate with a Division 1 pass. All this under the loving care of a competent house mother.
 
Young women who have built the skills and confidence within Astha Home to enable them to succeed in life
 
The massive earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015, caused much upheaval to the lives of many people and destroyed or damaged many homes and buildings, especially in the hills and valleys outside of Kathmandu. The Astha Home for Girls is currently located in rented premises but the owner wants it back for his family members who lost their home in the earthquake. It is virtually impossible to find suitable and safe premises to rent in Kathmandu as a result of the earthquake induced demand for accommodation. Also, a lack of tenant protection legislation and rising rents accentuates the problem and the risks for the Astha Home.
 
A new premises for the Astha Home is urgent and it has been decided that the best solution is to construct a purpose built home with capacity for an expanded number of girls. The proposed new premises would be able to house some 15 young girls as well as providing accommodation for the older girls while they complete their professional training.
 
Central Blue Mountains Rotary has been awarded a RAWCS Project Fund (tax deductible donations) to raise A$280,000 to construct a new, purpose built home for Astha Home for Girls in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 
This is a large project and help from many people will be required which is why we are casting our net wide.
 
Even large and seemingly insurmountable problems can be realised when broken down into many small pieces.  Can you help? 
 
The girls are ready for a day at school  
 
 
The girls shortly after being rescued in 2005