Mr Singh B. Moktan was born in Biratnagar, eastern Nepal, to a middle class family. He is an ex-police officer who retired from the police force in 1985 to help underprivileged children. After retirement he immediately became involved in social work, especially in the field of children and women. He worked in several non-governmental organisations and focused on the improvement of the situation of girls and women, especially those who were discriminated by society, those in prison, for example. When he was working for Children at Risk, a Danish-supported non-governmental organisation, he found that many of the children and women were directly discriminated and destitute as a result of social stigma. He considered himself responsible if he did not work for them. Therefore, in 1997, he founded the Parizat Nestling Home with the support and help as well as the financial support of his entire family. He decided that children in prison with their parents are the most vulnerable because they are living in insupportable conditions with adult criminals and are suffering psychologically and physically. So he started to work with girls in prisons, and others who are at risk due to family displacement and poverty. His program is based on the idea that if the girls are given social, formal, moral and creative education, they can be independent and can stand on their own two feet to fight against social discrimination. Moreover, if they could have education and vocational training, their economical status would improve, so they could then support their own children by providing better education. In this way, an improved economical status would be secured at a basic level. Mr Moktan strongly believes that all children have great potential and should all be given equal opportunities, no matter where they come from. When they are given the chance to reach their potential, this results in direct social and economical improvement and will gradually help to reduce poverty levels.
Many of the girls are daughters of families who - as a result of the Civil War and the Maoist Uprising - have lost all their belongings and have come to Kathmandu in search of employment - without success. Unfortunately, such a search for a way out of poverty often ends in the streets, or results in drug or other criminal offences, frequently leading to prison sentences. The girls are taken to prison with their parents - an environment which does not help them to step off these paths and lead better lives. Other girls have lived in poor conditions in the remote villages of Nepal where there is no school within reach.
A place at the PNH and the support of a sponsor are the only hope many children have of a secure future.
We don't only help the girls, but also their mothers. We offer them vocational training so that they can find a way out of poverty. Or we help them to start a new life after their time in prison and to fend for themselves and their children.
The women - whether it is the daughter, the sister, or the wife, are the unprotected and weakest part of the family and society in Nepal; they never experience the possibilities of an independent life as an equal. Especially those children whose parents are in prison are regarded as inferior by society. It is impossible for girls without families or education to lead a safe, good and independent life in a social environment dominated by men.
Here at the PNH, we give the girls a new and safe home where they can stay and will be supported until they are able to lead an independent life and obtain a job. At first, they are taught at a private school with additional tuition at the home, and later, they are given the opportunity to go to a college or university or to complete vocational training.