Thursday, July 16, 1998 Published at 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK
World: South Asia
Prince's art helps child prostitutes
The prince visited the shelter in February
Prince Charles is selling copies of one of his paintings through a tabloid newspaper to raise money for a Nepalese women's refuge.
The proceeds will go to the Maiti hostel in Kathmandu, which aims to stem the flow of child prostitution in the region.
After hearing their stories, the prince described the organiser, Anuradha Koirala, as "an angel of mercy" and promised he would keep in touch with the project.
The girls in the hostel are just a small number of the thousands of Nepalese children lured from their homes every year with promises of jobs or marriage.
Most end up working in brothels across the border in India.
Human rights groups estimate that nearly 200,000 Nepalese girls have been forced into prostitution in India, many in the city of Bombay.
Promoting his cause
This is not the first time the prince has sold reproductions of his work for charity, but he has never before used a tabloid newspaper for the purpose.
"I spoke to the children and they were really, really very happy."
In a touching moment, she then asked the programme to give her Prince Charles's address so the hostel can write to thank him personally.
The move has also given the prince's image a boost. In its editorial, The Sun says he is "full of compassion" and "caring and generous."