Kidasha has been nominated in the Charity Film Awards.
The UK-registered charity, which supports severely disadvantaged children living in chronic poverty in Nepal, is nominated for its two films, Street Life and Escaping Abuse.
Commissioned by Janice Miller, Chief Executive at Kidasha, with funding generously provided by a long term supporter and produced by Minty Films, the films highlight some of Kidasha’s work and the plight of many children in Nepal.
Street Life tracks the stories of three young boys, each at a different stage in their journey to get off the streets in Nepal. Escaping Abuse shows how Kidasha supports the rehabilitation of girls escaping sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
The Charity Film Awards celebrates the success of film in fundraising, increases awareness of charity films and encourages donations for good causes. They are judged in two phases:
- A public vote determines a shortlist of entries for each category, which is based on charity turnover (voters can also donate to the cause as they vote).
- A panel of expert judges vote independently to choose winners from the shortlist.
Public voting is open until 30 November 2016 and the shortlists will be announced in December. Final judging takes place in January 2017, with the winners announced the following month.
The judging panel comprises leading figures from the arts, media, social care and third sectors. Among the 25 judges confirmed to date are Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA, Patrick Crawford, CEO, Charity Bank and journalist and speechwriter, Philip Collins.
Speaking of Kidasha’s nomination for the award, Janice said: “As a small charity, having our films in the running for an award really helps to increase Kidasha’s profile and more importantly the plight so many children in Nepal. We commissioned these films because we really wanted to capture the situation we face – and how we work to improve it – for people to see with their own eyes. Jodie Gravett at Minty Films did a fantastic job and we hope these productions get the recognition they deserve.”
Funds raised by Kidasha can help children in Nepal in many different ways. For example:
- £10 pays for food and temporary shelter for a street child
- £30 buys school uniform, shoes and books for a slum child
- £50 allows a child abuse victim to recover in a safe place
- £100 enables a child in crisis to return home and go back to school
Kidasha aims to reduce the causes and impact of entrenched poverty and social exclusion and stop exploitation and violence against children in Nepal by improving their health and wellbeing, providing education and training opportunities and supporting children outside of family care. Its staff in the UK and Nepal work with local partners to build quality projects with lasting benefit for children and families at grassroots level.
In 2015, Kidasha:
- helped 2760 children receive the basics such as education, shelter and healthcare
- removed 269 children from the streets, labour or exploitative situations in Pokhara – reintegrating almost half of them with their families
- worked with 576 families in situations of chronic poverty within Pokhara
- guided 6600 pregnant women and their born babies through safer and healthier pregnancies and deliveries
Vote for Street Life and Escaping Abuse by 30 November 2016.
Learn more about the making of Street Life and Escaping Abuse.
For more information about Kidasha and its work, visit Kidasha