The charity has been rescuing and caring for vulnerable children in Nepal since 1999.


In 1999 the Esther Benjamins Trust was set up by Philip Holmes in memory of his late wife. The charity was known as The Esther Benjamins Trust up until 2015 when the name was changed, with the support of Esther’s family, to Child Rescue Nepal to more clearly reflect the work that we do. Philip is no longer involved with Child Rescue Nepal but continues to work in Nepal through his charity Chorachori.

In 2016, we reviewed our progress and set ourselves an exciting new ambition: To end all child slavery in Nepal. With a renewed focus on rescues, we won’t stop until every child in Nepal is free.

Our key successes include:
  • Rescuing nearly 800 children from slavery
  • Successfully closing down major routes for trafficking Nepali children into Indian circuses
  • Prosecuting 24 child traffickers