July 28, 2011 – Street children meet street dogs

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Both are regarded as outcasts by society. They live side by side on the streets of Kathmandu and face similar challenges. Perhaps that is why they have a special relationship: street children and stray dogs.
In a unique program set up by Sangkalpa, Heart Beat and Animal Nepal, street children are taught how to take care of dogs. In this program, coordinated by our education officer Sushma Maharjan and artist Mike Lilly, we teach children how to better interact with dogs and to see that they are not mistreated.
During a visit Chobar Animal Sanctuary the kids were given demonstrations by our staff. They toured the facilities and took the dogs for a walk. The children learned simple commands, and the correct way to walk the dog. At the conclusion the young visitors were given sketchbooks to share their impressions, followed by sports activities and lunch.
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