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Germans are building a children’s home in Dhading, Nepal, for 150 children on the books for adoption. Adoptions in Nepal for US and German citizens are currently on hold but are due to be re-allowed from the end of 2011. It is a huge business for the organizers of this trade – and for local Nepalese politician Ramesh Dhamala.
I have traveled to Nepal several times in recent years, on my regular visits to my friends and realtions in Nepalgunj and Dhading. The story that they told me last month shows just how deeply corruption has pervaded the country, and, what’s more, that German NGOs are aiding it.
Adoptions were always big business in Nepal, with corrupt go-betweens pocketing up to $20,000 from would-be adopters, usually arranged illegally. For the most part, the children are not really orphans, but were wheedled from their parents who feel they do not have the money to raise them. The business creates tragedies that cannot be made good again. There are plenty of examples of mothers still searching for their children after years. It is a rewarding business for the children’s homes though.
The German organization “Kinderhilfe Nepal” is currently building one in Dhading, Nepal, for up to 150 children. Building costs of up to $500,000 have been earmarked for it, a huge and unrealistic sum for Nepal. The neutral observer has uncovered numerous inconsistencies and it reeks of corruption. Considering the capital that these children represent as they wait to be placed in families in Germany, it is obvious why corruption plays such a big part in this project. The 150 children waiting for adoption add up to a capital of $3 million. And that is only set to rise as more and more children join their ranks.
The Children’s Future Organization, a front for “Carismo” and “Kinderhilfe Nepal” of Germany, has already successfully gained a foothold in arranging adoptions of Nepalese children in Germany. The links are easy to spot: the chairman of this organization is a local politician in the Congress Party, Ramesh Dhamala, whose voting district happens to be Dhading. And now that is where the children’s home is to be built. Ramesh Dhamala is well-known as an organizer of adoptions to parents in European countries. He is very familiar with the rural areas around Dhading, and he ought to have no problems in procuring fresh tenants for the new children’s home. Ramesh Dhamala has a thoroughly negative reputation in Kathmandu because of it. In 1998 he was heavily involved in the Forum Hotel sex affair in which the owner had blackmailed the entire hotel to the bone.
It is really no surprise then that Ramesh Dhamala should also be supervising construction of the new children’s home in Dhading. Using money gifted by the German society, 2009 saw him purchase 300,000 sq. ft. of land for $30,000. Part of this land is now the site of the children’s home. It appears very much that the German organizers are looking the other way when it comes to the hair-raising corruption linked to the construction. They are in fact paying for an access road to the isolated plot. That in itself has pushed up the current value of those 300,000 sq. ft. of land to $250,000. Experts have not even looked at half of the expenses claimed by Kinderhilfe Nepal. But one thing is certain: No end of misery is in store when parents sell their children. Local politician Ramesh Dhamala has found his new goldmine. And you have to ask yourself: are the German donors just plain stupid or do they in fact share responsibility?
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even if I suppose that you have good reasons to post such an incriminating message, I would sincerely suggest that you will disclose your documentary proof as soon as possible. Otherwise, it would be just a spam or crab, which should be prosecuted.............
no answer from the author's side ??? So, his or her message is just trash !
Dear Mr. Davwray,
with great interest we followed your article which friends pointed out to us. We are shocked to hear such news, because we have donated quite a lot of money to this childrens home. We thought this childrens home and its management is quite okay and we wanted to donate more.
Could you please let us know more about the misdoings and inform us about the background.
Thank you for your help.
Peter and Gabriele Mayer
Dear Peter and Gabriele
Dear Peter and Gabriele Mayer,
I am familiar with the accountancy details of Children`s Future Organization since its beginnings in 2003.
There has been no Peter and Gabriele Mayer donating till date.
It would be understandable that you are posting your comment under another name, though.
If you have queries concerning the details about how your donation(s) were spent, please contact Children`s Future Organization directly by e-mail, so that proper communication takes place.
Mr. Wray`s writing is inappropriate and misleading to say the least.
Unfortunately anybody can blame others on the internet nowadays out of negative personal motives.
We do not know the identity of Mr.Wray and we do not know what drives him.
May his mind be at piece at some point in the future.
Mr. David Wray's blog entry
Mr. David Wray, is most likely a person who is using a faked name. He has posted this incriminating article in various websites. In his Jimdo website, he gives the following dates: David Wray, born 28.3.1978, address: 190-220 4th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA. We could not verify his identity or even his existence.
This is very important, because this above blog entry contains mostly false statements. We seriously object to Mr. David Wray's blog entry for the following reasons:
We are very much wondering why Mr. David Wray is blackmailing our children's village project and Mr. Ramesh Dhamala? What is the reason for his false statements and lies?
We are part of the targeted organizations and are very concerned because of the fact that this article´s contents are mainly untrue and derrogatory statements. It is time to clarify the truth and remind you of your moral standards by which you are oblidged to post only true statements in the internet.Your lies are aimed at killing persons and organizations public face. By legal requirements, you have to remove this untrue article from your websites.
Reasons: it is true, that Germans have built a children´s village in Dhading, Nepal. 64 children have moved to Dhading in May 2012. Most of these children have been living in our childrens home for several years, most of them up to 10 years. They are going to a good boarding school and are being supported by German donors until they have a profession and can lead their own life.
There is no business, there is only a lot of love for the children and their welfare!
We are more than 40 families who have adopted children from Nepal. We can legally proof that all our adoptions were conducted according to the law of Germany and Nepal. Everyone of all the families have paid the regular fees of appr. 3000 € per adoption to the children´s home. This money helped to maintain the children´s home and pay for food, accommodation, school fees and salary of staff.
It is criminal that Mr. David Wray is stating that adoptions were arranged illegally. It is also not true that the Nepalese mothers were not informed about the meaning of adoption. It is true that all mothers have signed documents in a legally correct way.
It is true that several German organizations have raised the money to build children´s village according to the SOS model. Six well equipped houses for 10 children plus 1 house mother were built. One large study center with computer room, library and extra rooms was constructed. The children have a lot of space to play games in a football ground, fields for growing crops and raising life stock have been planted. The children´s village has a biogas plant and a water supply system.
Everybody, who has questions about this wonderful project is welcome to communicate with us or to go and visit it personally. We will not allow him to throw dirt onto our completely clean project and our Nepalese partners without any proof!!!
Dr. Roswitha Schroeter, Dhan Schroeter, Anurada Schroeter, Lothar Schmid, Margitta Galid, Svenja Köster, Anita Killat, Angelika Fischer, Rita Donaubauer, Petra Pachner, Herwig Jantschik, Henning Zier, Dorothea Ranft, Thomas Burgdorf, Yvonne Pils and many more.