Desperate Girls

The Badi Girls

Between 7,000 and 12,000 young girls, aged 9-16, are trafficked each year from Nepal; mainly to India. According to Nepal Monitor/On line journal, 2007, there are more than 200,000 Nepali girls in Indian brothels.

The Dalits(untouchables) are the lowest level in Hindu society, and the Badi community, in Western Nepal, are the lowest of the low. As a displaced hungry people group the Badi community has made sexual subservience a way of life. Young girls from this group “serve” other groups. This has become a tradition and means of livelihood. Many girls, even when they are unwilling, are forced to serve as sex slaves. Family members knowingly sell their daughters to traffickers.

Though prostitution is illegal in Nepal, the industry reportedly has links with highly ranked officials and political leaders. Large groups of girls are taken across the border with many police and government officials being in collusion with traffickers and brothel owners.

Traffickers and related criminals are often protected by political parties, and if arrested, are freed using political power. As a result, there is an underlying distrust of police that has led people not to file cases against traffickers.

Domestic action involves activities of NGO’s and other volunteer groups. These groups are playing a major role to address girl-trafficking and sex slaves issues. Some NGO’s are playing a very important role to improve the situation. From creating social awareness to rescuing and rehabilitation, they are providing services (and relief) to those that need it the most – the likely victims as well as the rescued ones. The Lighthouse foundation is one of these.

*See Chandra Kala’s story on this blog site.

Thursday, 31 March 2016


Good morning from Nepal,

It seems like my body clock likes to be awake Aussie time, not so sure I like it Nepali time... 3.30am! Blahhh.

An update;

It has been steadily busy, getting half of our sponsorships updated so far. We were able to do a lot at school before the students started their final year exam preparations and then exams.

Wednesday we enjoyed our half way house girls visit to update their photos. We made sure plenty of the time was given to building relationships, laughing playing simple games. Loving on these special ladies is such a privilege.

The sounds of horns beeping, dogs barking, traffic in a chaotic fashion never ceases to amaze me. Beggars and the shear filth people live in daily breaks my heart.

It is such an honour to serve God and to be involved in giving women, children and people who are loved by Jesus just like you and me a second chance at life.

Thank you for all the prayers much love Glor xxx

We count each day a wonderful privilege here in this nation. The privileges our home land offers stand in stark contrast to many of the daily challenges the people in this nation deal with.
Fresh water, housing, commuting, quiet, order, work, the list goes on and yet all of those things pale into insignificance when lined up with what God is doing amongst the peoples of Nepal. Today we relished the privilege to spend time with a group of rescued women.
Rescued from unspeakable horrors imposed on them, freed to a new life, redeemed as they each met God and now living life large and in charge. Their smiles tell stories of miracles, healing and unconditional love. Such a privilege to be with them again. 

The team are well and each enjoying the roles assigned while here. We have been progressing the sponsorship updates and taking new photos that show off many new hair do's, growth and accomplishments. 

Mackay have a school group in western Nepal busily assisting there. They are a great group of young people who launched into their time here from the moment they touched down.

There have been many changes here. Not the least from the natural disasters but also changes in the ways programs are offered. A new regime of principals to ensure safety and protection for both the children and those visiting has been implemented. The inevitable teething time has called for patience as we negotiate the new approaches. These changes will result in continued positive experiences for all involved.

Grahame, Robyn and Agnes arrive soon from Myanmar to continue work at a new school venture in Hetauda. 
Hetauda is an important sub metropolitan area in the south and is in close proximity to the Chepang peoples. The new school venture, hostels, water purification plants etc are critical steps for this region and the people we connect with there.  

Until next time, thank you for your prayers, greetings from Nepal. 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Some more of our time so far, TtN in Nepal 2016

We have had a wonderful time in Nepal to date.
A busy schedule has kept all team members active as we criss cross Kathmandu and surrounds visiting hostels, schools, the new Ag Centre, churches and homes.

The MCC team have arrived and immediately set off to explore Thamel, the Monkey Temple and Boudha road. These guys are heading west to serve by painting, teacher training and some bicycle skills and safety programs.

Recently we had the opportunity to visit the Ag. Centre.
Here we saw the fields full of new potatoes with rerouted drainage ready for the coming wet season.
Part of the bamboo processing water wash system needed to be set on blocks to allow it to be prepared for use after the wet season. The boys assisted greatly in this heavy lift project. Thanks guys.


This is one of the potatoe fields.

The hostel boys helping us position the tank.

Gloria found the tractor.

The earthquakes have left so much devastation and displaced many people. We visited one of the camps set up to house and cater for these poor folk.
"Camp Hope" presented an opportunity to give sweets to the children. Lollies are a great way to open up conversations with the kids first.

Camp Hope 

 Lolly please Papa


A cricket set bought great excitement to the Tibetan boys staying at the Guesthouse.
These shots let you see a glimpse of the fun they had pretending to be a part of the ICC T20 World Cup! 

On Saturday we had the privilege of sharing in the HCM church in Bhaktapur. This is a lovely small church with wonderful passionate Christian group serving their community.  

 One of the senior ladies who came over to welcome us. 

 Glor and some of the ladies after church.

 Touched by Gloria's message.

Sameer translating in the Bhatapur church. 

 The earthquake damage in this part of the nation is catastrophic.

Nepali electrical work is unique.

I often tell people that Nepal is my second home. This place tugs at my heart strings every time I pass through Kathmandu airport and enter this crazy, vibrant and chaotic city. I have spent time in my usual favourite places and visited my many friends. My main reason for being here is to visit the girls that we sponsor. It is truly an honour to be able to be a part of these girls lives and to see them excelling in school and career training but more importantly to see their spiritual growth from one visit to the next. 
Today I spent time visiting the exporter we work with and enjoyed the amazing ginger tea his wife always makes for us. I then spent time working with a local Christian tailor who we have making some merchandise for us to offer for sale in Australia. It is incredible to be able to build these relationships and to know that we are helping to make a difference in their lives. Lyn C.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Back in action

After the tragedy of earthquakes and the frustrations of border blockades TtN team visits have resumed. It is a wonderful privilege to be back in Nepal with the people that we love so much.
Pastor Raju has extended a warm welcome and is looking after us extremely well, thank you Raju.

It is dry season and that means dust, and more dust. Dust on top of dust. It hangs in the air making noses dry, throats itchy and clothes dirty. The surrounding mountains are very close but we are unable to see them most days.

Life in Nepal is returning slowly to its 'normal' state, traffic though hectic is well down which makes getting around much quicker. Distances to locations suddenly seem miniscule.

Vendors take up residence in different positions, new buildings continue to sprout making navigating tricky as landmarks are no longer in plain site. Even though trade is hard with tourist numbers well down the people are again vibrant and happy for the most part. You do sense that their fear of further tremors is not far below their surface confidence.

Reacquainting ourselves with friends from past team visits has been enjoyable. Wandering through the streets even some of the beggar folk have greeted us with "Welcome back, long time no see..." perhaps they say that to all the tourists? Although some of them we have had plenty of interaction with.

We have team members here to train and others assisting in various aspects. For Gloria and I, our main role is to update all of the sponsorships for our valued partners. 
Interviews to glean information and current photos of these precious lives shows significant growth both physically and in confidence. The level of english is impressive for kids with limited opportunity to practice. Some of the girls have even read their letter from their sponsor back to us perfectly!

A massive thank you to all of the Nepali team members assisting, the school admin and staff, bus and car drivers, translators, your help is invaluable. 

Until next blog.

All school principals should pose for their photos like Lalimar!

 Traditional dress. 

Weighing the produce to determine its price.

Fresh fruit and veges to the door each afternoon.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Tuesday 5th, Solid ground

We often say of a stable person, that "he has both feet on the ground" and solid ground is a comforting thing.  When that security is taken away, it is quite terrifying.  Yet in the midst of everything, we knew that we had our feet planted solidly on our Rock, Jesus Christ.  He has his plans for us and nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can change that.  If it is the time to go home and be him, or face what is ahead,  he gives courage in the moment.  Leann can testify to that as she was on her knees in that crumbling building.  My old Mum loved Ps 40, especially where it says "He set my feet upon a rock" It had a very special meaning for her when she was in deep waters.  
One of my favourite songs is "Only You Remain" By Mercy Me.
You remain, even when the earth is shaken,
You remain, even when our kings have fallen
Every mountain standing tall will crash into the sea
You were, you are and you will be,
Only you remain.

The above road was the one we had to drive over on our way into Kathmandu.
I know which strong foundation I want my feet planted firmly upon.
He is our strong tower, our mighty fortress.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.

I guess that this will be our last blog for now.  The Freedom Tour begins last weekend in May providing the earthquake in Nepal doesn't interfere with our plans.  I will resume the blog for the journey of three months from Cairns to Melbourne and many places in between.

Hope to see you on Tour, and show everyone our beautiful girls.

Monday, 4 May 2015

4th May. Home again, heavy hearted for what we left behind

We arrived home late last night, very weary after the past week.  It was with sadness we flew out at midnight on Saturday.  We had experienced first hand the fear, chaos, and instinct to survive.  We have seen the misery and hopelessness of the poor who have lost what little they have left, without a single resource at their disposal.
On the Saturday, our team were in three groups. Grahame was in the main church in Kathmandu, I was in the little village of Dolalghat, with most of the team, and Ian and Leann Buckley (who have just moved to Kathmandu and will be living at Dolaghat for the next 5 years) went on to  Sangharchok, another little village about half an hour away.  The quake hit at 11.55 just as church was finishing.  The main church in Kathmandu is a single story building with  about 400 plus people inside.  Everyone got out safely and went to an open field nearby, away from buildings and power lines.
The church that most of us were in we call the loft church.  It is perched on the edge about 30 feet high above the river.  It is a flimsy building at the best of times, of bricks and old wood. To get inside there is a very steep flight of wooden stairs almost like a ladder.  Then through a narrow doorway into this little loft room.  It was packed with maybe 50 -60 people.  We always said it was a death trap if there was a fire, never thinking of an earthquake.  We were just ready to leave, when the whole building began heaving.  We only stayed on our feet because there were so many of us.  There was a frantic dash for the door and the narrow stairs.  The adrenaline kicks in and it all seems a bit of a dream.  It is hard to imagine that it is actually happening.  Anyway, we all made it out, amid the falling bits of concrete, dirt and bits of wood.  We were then all out on the street.  Some of the houses were already just a pile of rocks on the road.  In front of the church was a hill, and all down the street swaying electric light wires, with the river at the back.  Then a second big one hit, 6.6 on the scale.  The road was rocking and we grouped together and prayed.  When that settled down we headed for the river bed.  At least, there was a clear area where there would be no falling rocks, houses or power lines.  The whole village were down there. Fortunately it is the dry season, otherwise the river would have been full.  As we sat there, the ground kept rocking with many aftershocks.  We were never sure if another really big one would come.  People would scream and cry.  We were told a little baby had been killed by falling bricks.

Ian and Leann were in the basement of their building where the little church meets.  As the quake hit, Ian was thrown off his feet, and everyone frantically tried to get out.  The building was falling down on one wall.  Leann couldn't get out so she just got on her knees and prayed.  A couple of ladies clung to her and they rode it out till the shaking stopped.  Everyone got out , but there was terrible devastation on the street.  People had been killed, badly injured and walking around dazed.  Because our van was there driving the team out from Kathmandu, it was loaded with the worst wounded, to try to get them to a hospital..No on knew if the mountain road out was even open or safe.  Ian and Leann got out of the van where we were on the river bed and the wounded were taken to get help.  We were five hours waiting with the village folk, wondering if the van would be back.  It was late in the day and we thought we might be sleeping out in the open that night.  The van returned late afternoon and the driver had to wash out the blood from the van before we could get in.  The seats were stained with blood and we sat on plastic bags.

The road was strewn with rocks and rubble sliding down the mountain.  We thankful to God that we were all safe and we had a wonderful driver who had taken the wounded and then driven an hour and half back to get us.  He could have decided not to endanger himself for our sakes.  He skilfully  navigated the narrow road and we felt confident with him.  We passed the big brick factory on the way home and all the big chimneys  from the firing of bricks had broken off.  When we got to Kathmandu, the big wide highway that the Chinese had built must have been waving around like waves.  It had collapsed in places and we had to drive through like off road driving without the four wheel drive.  We arrived home to our guesthouse in tact.

There were constant aftershocks, our big strong building rocking around.  One of our hostels was damaged beyond inhabiting again, so we have 65 little girls  living in the demountable building in the grounds of the guest house.

On the second day i was at hostel 4 making sure the girls sponsored from Australia were OK when what sounded like a freight train coming down the lane sent all the girls into a panic and the neighbours ran from everywhere to the clearing in front of the hostel.
As the surrounding buildings were rocking and rolling  and the girls were crying and screaming we decided to move the girls to the river about 20 minutes walk away. We lined them up with an older girl in front and marched them off 12 at a time. One girl was having a panic attack  and was hyperventilating and we had to pray for her and calm her down before putting her between the house father and mother on the motor bike and taking her to the river. Once they were there Kushal and I went off on the bike to find plastic and underlay to make a temporary shelter.
We were putting the finishing touches (pegs holding the strips of plastic together when it began to rain.
They spent the night on the river bank. Some of our team stayed there with them through the night for protection.

On Wednesday we visited the wholesalers and purchased rice and dhal for the hostels which was stock piled in the Guesthouse. On Thursday I visited Thamel to see our friend Keshav and his family as I had not been able to reach him by phone or email and Friday, along with  25 Nepalese young people set out for Sangarchok district to distribute 2 school buses full of rice and noodles. This was a dangerous mission as the day before people lay on the road and would not allow the army to pass with 2 truckloads of rice until they dropped off enough for their village. People can get very persuasive when their families are hungry.
The next day the team went to the epicentre with 2 more buses full of rice and noodles. Because Robyn and I were flying out that evening for Australia I stayed behind. Ian, Tahlia and a representative from Metamorphic joined the team. Raju is a very effective leader in a time of crisis.
Robyn and Grahame

Saturday, 25 April 2015


Tim, in the yellow shirt, and  Peter, with the very robust beard, doing maintenance of bikes at the church.  One of our girls really wanting to be a mechanic.   They drew quite a crowd.
Tahlia, above, is here in the guest house for the next 6 months teaching ESL to the students going to Indonesia later this year,and a crash course for the Freedom Tour girls.  The couple in blue, Leann and Ian Buckle,   have just arrived, and will be here for five years.  They will be heading up the work in Dologhat, 2 hours from Kathmandu, where we plant set up a training centre/camp site.  Tomorrow, Grahame is flying to India, first to Calcutta and then to New Delhi, to further our projects there.  We had three new arrivals today.  David Westbrook, from Mackay, will be teaching in the Bible College here for the week.  Most of the team are going out to village churches tomorrow.  It is about two hours drive, but it is lovely driving through the country.  We are hoping for a good view of the Himalayas on the way.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Thursday Letters from Oz, Great Footwork, and Glamor

Some children in the  Carmichael College sent letters to the children at our school in Kathmandu.  The letters were lovely.  One little boy said he thought  something was "orsm".  I hope the children here don't think that is the correct spelling.  It is nice to have that connection between the schools across the world.    One of the team members here is a good player in a ladies soccer team, and her club have provided shirts, boots and socks for the kids.  For a few afternoons, she has been giving some basic soccer training to the girls.  Some of the shirts are a little big, as you can see, but the girls had a ball.  They eagerly await the arrival of their new Aussie trainer each afternoon after school. Also, Linda (middle) and her two daughters in their new finery.  Most of the ladies who come like to go home with a little Nepali fashion.      Robyn