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, 3 January 2013

January Conference Plus

Dear Friends of Educate Nepal who faithfully follow and pray for the team.

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


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