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Nepal 2008

In October 2008, Reel Youth returned to South East Asia to help tell the personal stories of a handful of youth living in two children’s homes in Nepal. After a year of planning and preparations, we set off to make our second international film.

Kathmandu evening

We partnered with the Canadian Kamala Foundation and a Nepali NGO called Prisoners Assistance PA Nepal to tell the story of seven children who are living with them. The two organizations are non-profits, who support and run two loving children’s homes and a farm for young people who have been rescued from adult prisons and combat.

a bunch of the kids together for a festival

In Nepal, children sometimes end up in jail along with their incarcerated parents. Some of their parents were convicted of murder, drug or human trafficking, Having been refused by their extended family and with living on the street as the only alternative, children make themselves at home amongst the other convicted inmates. In many prisons, the children are not accommodated, so the parent has to share their meager rations. Clean water, health services and education are hard to come by in the hierarchical prisons systems of Nepal.

During the recent decade of civil war, thousands of children were abducted and conscripted, by force, into the Maoist’s uprising against imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism. These children, many of the lower castes, were indoctrinated with Maoist ideals and used as combatants, informants, cooks and porters. Nepal still has few programs to rehabilitate these traumatized child soldiers.

PA Nepal and the Kamala Foundation provide the children with much needed rehabilitation and education, life skills building, and nurture existing relationships with incarcerated parents.

The film also features the work of the founder and director of the Kamala Foundation, Canadian Zackary Burton, as he works to support PA Nepal.

The film was produced with the support of the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

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