Kailali, September 9:
The children’s home at Dhangadhi which sheltered orphans and underprivileged children has been closed due to internal and external reasons.Established 40 years back, the children’s home was run by Nepal Children’s Organisation. Poor management is to blame for the closure of the Dhangadhi Children’s Home. It is said the children’s home was facing an acute financial crunch. The building of the children’s home has been rented out to the Chaulani Book Store and has been turned into a store house these days.
Children who were under its custody have been either handed to their family members or been sent to the Central Children’s Home in Kathmandu.There were 12 underprivileged children sheltered at the Dhangadhi Children’s Home. Two of them have been sent for higher studies at the Kailali Campus after passing the SLC examinations and the remaining children have been sent to the central children’s home, according to Rabindra Shah, Chairman of the NCO Dhangadhi Children’s Home.
Shah said that the children’s home had to be closed down due to financial crunch and after the NCO cut down assistance to it. Although the NCO Dhangadhi has given 10 shops at its commercial block and some land to a school on rent, the money coming as rent is not enough to meet the current expenses and the children’s home had to be closed for this reason, Shah explained.However, sources said that the dispute among the orgnaisation’s officials and financial misappropriation is the main reason behind the closure of the children’s home. It has both economics as well as social effect in the society and the career of the orphan child has been hindered.