Laying the Groundwork
Last month, our co-founders Andrew and Julie Colquhoun went to Nepal to visit our current projects and partners in the region. They spent time with the girls that they have helped to get back to school through fifteen Captivating Village programs, and also checked the school where they will be attending. They also visited the rescued trafficking victims who are currently rehabilitating in our Women’s Safe Haven. Some of them are employed as monitoring officers at our border stations, while others are helped in starting their own small businesses through our My Business, My Freedom program. Despite the challenges of reaching the villages, with roads being rough and altitude high, they were able to connect with the women who have previously received assistance through our microfinance groups.
They also made an ocular visit to a potential village development project site at the base of the Himalayas, which will be focused on improving overall health, education, and sustainability for 150 struggling families in one of the poorest villages in the municipality.
We appreciate the opportunity to be involved with everyone in our projects, which is a significant source of hope and healing. The support of the local government, community educators, and field partners made the transformative programs undertaken by Captivating possible. Meeting all of them in person makes the work all the more important and continues to inspire us to do more!