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.
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Sunday, 20 January 2013
I still have some things to do catching up with Leslie from KICS and Bimala from Higher Ground as well as the registration for the Vocation Training Centre.
Today is the day we move. We are surrounded by boxes and the beds and curtains are all stripped.
We are expecting a bus load of people to help after 10am because in Nepal life begins at 10am.
We are expecting to be off line for a couple of days due to the change in location and the need to set up the Internet and Wifi in the new place.
Going from one floor to four floors is a bit of a leap of faith but there is every indication that we will need the extra space to accommodate the growing number of teams who have expressed interest in coming later this year. We pray that the extra use will defray the extra cost.
The Bottom floor of the new Guesthouse will be the Vocational Training facility and will also provide a cafe for guests.
A Young couple from the church will be married soon and will move into one room to be the caretakers.
There is enough ground to enable the Sychar ladies to cultivate vegetables. The Half-way house is only 5 minutes walk away.
The Vocation Training has already commenced at the half-way house and Tusal hostel and the equipment from both these venues will be moved during February.
It is an exciting new phase for the ministry and one which we believe will bear much fruit leading into sustainable Micro businesses.
The new facility will be called 'Transformation Guesthouse' and the likewise the Voc. Ed Centre will be "Transformation Vocation Training Centre" Raju has really caught onto the concept of Transformation.
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Friday, 18 January 2013
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Monday, 14 January 2013
Sunday, 13 January 2013
Gifts of Gold
Friday, 11 January 2013
Today we had the graduation and celebration ceremony for the end of this training course. These people are so open hearted that they applaud for each other for long periods of time (back home in Australia we seem to fatigue in our ability to keep encouraging each other)...
They also think to say thank you in substantial ways to all those who have helped in any way at all. The cheer that the cook received was long, loud and incredibly appropriate :)
And more than all of this, they express joy, gratitude and hope in our Lord through music and words in ways that stir the heart. For me, the time here has enriched me in more ways than I can currently put into words.
When I get home I will look again at Grace - because here in Nepal God has used the time of fellowship to remind us of His throne of mercy and grace (you can read about it at the end of Hebrews chapter 4).
God is good...
Stephen J Fyson PhD
They want to see the nation of Nepal transformed and all the surrounding nations as well.
Seeing the Badi girls, the girls who would normally be sold into the sex trade, just worshipping God brings great joy to my heart. We visited the hostels and the half way house where these girls, and women, are given the chance to live lives free from fear and abuse. When they sing praises to God they really lift the roof. They know God's grace. They really know God's grace.
I have been left in awe of their hunger for more of the Christian life.
As always, I have been changed and impacted far more than any impact I may have had through my teaching.
As go back to my school in Australia I pray that I might take even just a small measure of the humility and hunger of the Nepali Christians.
The work of Educate Nepal, facilitated by Grahame and Robyn Kerr, is making a very big difference in this amazing nation. God is alive and well in the shadow of the Himalayas, in the shadow of Mt Everest.
The trainers say they have been so blessed and feel they have learned so much from these lovely people here. Once people have been here, they always want to come back.
Thursday, 10 January 2013
That is one way of describing this week of privilege that I have had as part of the teaching team here in Kathmandu at the Educate Nepal conference.
The other way of describing this is that it is a sweet experience of unity and fellowship in Christ. It is inspiring to see what brothers and sisters in Christ are achieving and hoping for in the face of adversity and with so little (compared to back home in Australia). It is transforming in the way it renews hearts and minds as we consider and learn together about the impact of God's grace on our lives - both personally, corporately, and professionally.
So I give great thanks to God for the opportunity for this privilege. May God continue to bless those who work so faithfully in organising these opportunities - especially 'Papa Grahame and Mamma Robyn'!
Stephen J Fyson PhD
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
The training is going really well and all the delegates are really appreciative. The Keynote addresses have been complimentary and this is the first year we have had ETS 1, 2 & 3 running.Together with that the leadership teaching has been a high standard and Kumar started on Micro Credit today. I sat in for most of it and was very encouraged by the answer to the question Why we do MC. To help the poor and build the church. We have had two men come to Christ yesterday and a young intellectual young man breakdown this morning when trying to tell the impact the conference is having on his life.
Another women told of how she has wanted to come to conference for years but had been hindered and was so glad to be there and how it was helping her so much. She is the house mother at the Sychar Halfway House and said that she has been scolding the women for not doing things right. She has now learned that she needs to relate to them as equals. Only God knows what a difference that will make to the power of her witness. There is a man who has been working in Saudi Arabia for 6 years and through the teaching he has learned what his purpose is for being there which is more than to earn money for his family but rather to witness for jesus. There are 40,000 Nepalese working in Saudi Arabia. Also fas a direct result of the conference Raju is now including sending in his mission statement as he has been challenged by the Lord for Kathmandu to be a centre for training and sending missionaries to Transform the surrounding nations as well as Nepal. We have been so blessed by the presenters and the responsiveness of the delegates.
Monday, 7 January 2013
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Friday, 4 January 2013
Thursday, 3 January 2013
The Conference is now in full swing and the presenters are first class. It is the first time for Miriam and Stephen and they are first class. Their are around 80 delegates in the Effective Teacher Training and Training Christian School leaders classes and 10+ in the Governance class. Then Robyn is teaching 12 girls how to make dolls.
Due to the projected growth in the number and frequency of teams as well as the encroaching recycling depot that is now on our doorstep we have been seeking a new Guesthouse. WE have located a suitable building where we can treble the amount of beds as well as commence the TransformationVocationalTraining Centre. We hope to finalise the lease this morning. It is much more expensive than where we are currently but we need to move on if we are to service the needs of the ministry.
Yesterday we were able to purchase a mini cultivator for the Chinchiu ministry. It will not only enable the easier cultivation and irrigation of our agricultural plot in Chinchiu but our chosen operator will be able to contract out and thereby build bridges for the Good News into the community. This machine was donated by a generous donor.
We did a whirlwind tour of the four of the hostels, the 'Miriam Baby Care Centre' Transforming futures
and the Sychar half -way house Transforming Lives yesterday afternoon and evening after the teaching program. By the time we arrived at the Half-way house it was dark and there was no power so we met the ladies by candlelight. They were very pleased to see us and sang and danced by candlelight. Ted and Stephen were really impressed by the obvious transformation in the lives of these liberated slaves.
There training and counselling is on going. They had an all physical disagreement last week and Raju took them to the Zoo for the day and brought them lunch at a restaurant. Once the new Transformation Community Guesthouse is secured and the Voc Ed set up there the ladies will walk there each day for training and this will improve the situation where they never get out of the houses training has been done in the half-way house to date. This will also make room for more ladies.
Our original intent was to have the Voc Ed at Tusal but due to the locating of the Miriam Baby Care Centre there we are increasing the number of girls to 90 or 100 there. We are now hoping to move the training kitchen to the bottom floor of the new guesthouse so long as we are successful in our negotiations today.
We have been trying to get the inverter fixed since we arrived and found out last night that it is the battery that has failed and it will cost around $300 to replace. God will provide.
I am picking up Craig Murison and David Westbrook from Mackay at lunch time today.
Dr. Ted and Stephen Trew leave tomorrow. They are taking an Everest flight tomorrow morning before they fly out.
I picked up 100 Educate nepal T Shirts today in Black or White let us know if you want to purchase one at $20 and we will bring it home for you.
We are going into town for Dinner tonight to farewell Ted and Stephen.
The power is on until 10am today which is luxury as we are normally in the dark for breakfast and you cannot use the photocopier when there is no power.
That's it for today. Have a happy and fruitful New Year. Grahame
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
I wonder what the new year will hold. It is again a beautiful day here. I actually got the washing dry on the balcony. Last year. it was hanging up for three days inside because the weather was so bleak. I had a wonderful day with the girls today. We emphasised ONLY 10 girls and in true Nepalese style 12 turned up. Now that I am a bit more used to how things work around here I had cut out 12 anticipating this would happen. They just loved the morning. It was of course quite chaotic, especially with the language barrier, but finally we got all the body parts assembled in the right order. The new sewing machines were there. Not the ones we ordered, surprise, surprise. Binu, a young 13 year old who we brought back from the village in September was in the class. Her english is so good. She was helping translate while the other translator was busy with others. She is quite tall and is going to be a real leader. Even though she is new at the hostel, she is already taking charge. Yesterday, I was so thrilled to see two other girls from the hostel doing the training. Raju chooses those who will be the leaders of tomorrow and takes every opportunity to train them in all sorts of things. Grahame had a look at the new prospective guest house, and it would be ideal, but we have to work out how to pay the rent. As we have 4 school teams coming this year and one will be here at the same time as we are in September, we need much larger accommodation. Power is about to go so must finish off.