Education – the most powerful of weapons fighting the TRAFFICKING of girls in Nepal
The number of girls being trafficked is increasing. Following the earthquake in Nepal five months ago, an already bad situation is now getting worse. Efforts need to be doubled as does the need for prevention related activities. Education is the key.
Captivating’s support of the amazing work of local Nepal based NGO – 3AN, has seen some great progress this past quarter in the Chitwan District. Local police there report that the Government schools have been the most vulnerable for trafficking and these have been marked as “hot-spots” by the team. In response to this, 3 Angels Nepal (3AN) with funding from Captivating International Foundation (CIF) launched an education and awareness program as part of a new prevention strategy aimed at addressing the long-standing problem of Human Trafficking in Nepal. To date, six government schools have been covered so far with the school program carried out by our branch team. It is believed this will make an important impact preventing Human Trafficking in Chitwan and its surrounding districts.
Mr. Yem Nath Acharya, 3AN branch officer who is also a retired teacher, is conducting the prevention programs targeting these government schools. The strategy is also forming “mothers’ groups” in districts considered high-risk targeting key communities to educate and make women more aware of the current Human Trafficking practices. To date, 15 women’s groups have been formed. Additionally, literature and bulletin boards have been distributed and placed in multiple Eastern Central regions of Nepal.
It is hoped that continuous education and building of community capacity will start to yield fruit in the form of fewer cases of girls being intercepted at the border crossings. This is a long-term strategy but one the 3AN team feel excited and confident about. Interception at the border is a critical thing to be part of as intercepting a girl before they cross the border is their last chance – but we all need to work hard to see a future where significantly reduced incidences of girls being tricked into a terrible and life ending outcome takes place.
In the Chitwan Branch/region this last reporting quarter (ending May) – 44 teenage girls and 23 women were rescued from being trafficked. We congratulate the team working at this branch.
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Radha, 16 years old, is one of 5 children in her family. Unfortunately, all of them did not have the opportunity to attend school. The family does not own any land, and their house is built on someone else's property.
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Joan is a daughter of a single mom. Her mom does laundry to earn and support Joan and her siblings. But because her mom would have only occasional laundry jobs and Joan has 6 other siblings, they don't have enough money to cover her transportation expenses in going to and from school.