Liberate Girls from Indentured Servitude
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Give vulnerable girls in western Nepal the chance for an education and a future instead of a life of indentured service.
In the Dang District in western Nepal, indigenous families subsisting as farm laborers were forced into a desperate trade -- selling their daughters to work far from home as bonded servants in private homes or as dishwashers in tea houses. Some of these children are as young as six. Alone and far from home, these indentured daughters' living conditions are entirely at the discretion of their employers. The bonded girls seldom attended school and had no prospects for a decent future. Some were ultimately forced into prostitution.
Working closely with local communities, Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) provided an alternative for these families, compensating the families for their daughters' lost wages and supporting the girls as they attend school. By 2012, due to this program, not a single girl from Deukhuri Valley of the Dang District was indentured.
There are thousands more daughters to be saved. NYF estimates that 20,000 to 25,000 young girls are victims of this terrible practice in five western districts. By following the model that succeeded so well in the Dang District, NYF hopes to achieve its ambitious goal, which is nothing less than the complete eradication of the custom of bonding children in Nepal.
While it takes only $50 to rescue a girl from virtual slavery, bring her home
to live with her family, pay her school expenses for six months, and
compensate her parents for her lost wages, NYF is in the heartbreaking position of having to turn away girls who want to enroll in the program simply because its budget will not stretch far enough.
Give a girl a new life. Support a rescued daughter for six months ($50), a year ($100), or for six whole years ($350), taking her through 10th grade and the start of an independent life. Your donation covers her school uniforms, books, school fees, and a kerosene lamp and kerosene -- highly valuable items in a region lacking electricity.
Report from the Field
Over the course of the past fourteen months, Nepal Youth Foundation has been working continuously to provide local disaster relief. In just over a year, they have provided disaster relief for 94,000 individuals and built shelters for 5,300 families. As a leading non-profit in Nepal, their brave work has been imperative to the continued rebuilding of their beautiful country. Although much more work needs to be done with their rebuilding effort, their organization can thankfully continue to liberate girls from indentured servitude.
Since Nepal Youth Foundation began this initiative 16 years ago, they have liberated 12,700 girls from indentured servitude! According to their research, an estimated 300 girls in Nepal are still living Kamlari (indentured servitude) lifestyles. It is their goal to eradicate this practice entirely, and their incredible progress is evidence that they are well on their way to carrying out this mission. Your donation support is needed to help Nepal Youth Foundation end this inhumane practice once and for all.
Report from the Field
On April 25, 2015 a devastating 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal—causing nearly 9,000 deaths and leaving 800,000 homes uninhabitable. Nearly 45,000 school classrooms were destroyed, leaving Nepal Youth Foundation to launch a major relief effort to provide emergency help for those who needed it most. Nepal Youth Foundation met with hospital authorities and immediately provided $80,000 worth of medical and surgical supplies, beds, blankets and food for three major local hospitals. Additionally, NYF reached out to 3,500 families with emergency supplies of food, clothes, hygiene supplies, tarpaulins, community tents, corrugated GI sheets and construction tools.
As Nepal continues to rebuild, Nepal Youth Foundation has set their sights on long-term housing solutions for locals in the area. NYP has been working to train young people as well as homeowners from local villages to enable them to build their own houses to withstand natural disaster, rather than the mud and brick/stone construction locals have been accustomed to. Finally, NYP is in the process of building at least 250 classrooms in these earthquake-affected areas, with the cost of classrooms to be at least $2,500 each.
Nepal Youth foundation has worked tirelessly to rebuild local communities in response to the earthquake. It is their hope to build shelters able to sustain future earthquakes. In time, they can refocus their efforts back to fundamental issues protecting Nepalese youth. Nepal Youth Foundation will continue to fight for a bright future of Nepal and their youth.
Report from the Field
Between July 2010 and June 2011, and thanks in part to caring donations made here, 842 girls were rescued as part of the Indentured Daughters Program, 498 of whom needed intensive literacy classes to ready them for entering school. In addition, 540 previously rescued girls completed vocational training, and another 219 girls passed their School Leaving Certificate examination. Another encouraging result is that 93% of the girls in grades one through nine passed their end of year examinations and were promoted to the next grade level.
Almost as important as the rescue of the children is the vigorous awareness campaign to turn the community against the pernicious practice of child bonding. NYF's greatest allies are the returned girls themselves. They have organized themselves into clubs that actively discourage parents from selling their daughters. They have written street plays that describe their suffering while they were bonded laborers, and perform them in the villages. In the Deukhuri Valley of the Dang District, whereas in prior years hundreds of girls were sent off at Maghe, to NYF's knowledge, not a single girl went off to work last year.
The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) is a U.S.-based nonprofit that brings hope to impoverished Nepali children by providing what should be every child's birthright -- education, housing, medical care, and loving support.
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