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.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Team members arrived over the course of the day; Grahame having to go late at night to pick up two ladies who have come from NewZealand. We have another arriving tonight, and at the end of the week, some leave and others arrive. The Conference is underway. We had a great keynote address from Al Watson this morning which he will continue this week. Now classes of various groups are in different rooms with their trainers.
It is milder than expected, but was cool during the night. The sun is shining, and a "hot" Nepali lunch was had by all at the break. I saw Sapana today, who is the first of our half-way house ladies to be married. He is in Bible college, and he is a nice young man.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Friday, 3 October 2014
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Today, Tim had to say goodbye to his little sponsor girl. As usual, tears flowed. Also the self-defence class came to a close as Annette and Danielle both leave tomorrow, along with Tim. We had a visit from a school team from John Paul College, who had a cooking class with some of our girls. Also, our regular girls practiced their skills of hospitality on the team, in our temporary coffee shop. As you can see, our girls are becoming quite skilled with their barista training. Trish was working with her young women in preparation for work. Today, they practiced having a job interview. They are all such quick learners. It is great when you see them grasping new concepts and running with them. ESL classes continue, Tim did some bike maintenance with the boys, others were are the school training teachers. We had another team member arrive last night, who was also working in the school. Face painting and ballooning continued with the children at school, and visits to sponsored children. My day was the usual frenzied round of grocery shopping, interviews of last minute children about to board the bus and go home to the village for a visit, finishing off last minute details on the dolls , cooking dinner and lunch, and making sure everyone is OK. Some of the ladies have bought some lovely Nepali outfits, so I guess they will be showing them off when they get home. Frank has had the opportunity to go to three home groups late in the afternoon, and do some teaching, usually sitting in the lounge/bedroom with the small group of eager people waiting to drink in every word. Josh has been working setting up a computer room with his IT skills. Not exactly sure just what he is doing, as it is all too technical for me. Emma and Josh are doing some teaching at school and also helping out in the self defence class. Mike is enjoying teaching in the Bible School and his students are keen as mustard. We have twelve people leaving on the late flight on Thursday, and then we will be down to five. It has been a very full and exhausting time, but being here is a wonderful experience. Most people are already talking of returning. I guess finances are the big factor. Last night, we had a call that a big flood had swept away 44 houses in a village we have been to visit. There was an urgent need for $2,000 to buy rice to keep these poor people alive while something can be done for them. They are already so desperately poor, we wonder how they will survive. As a team, we prayed for what was needed. Within a few minutes, $2,500 was available for immediate relief. Jehovah Jireh, our provider is faithful.
Monday, 29 September 2014
|Not happy Jan|
|KFC Nepali style Read the sign carefully|
The team went to Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, an ancient city, and enjoyed seeing the old buildings, pottery being made, and other arts and crafts. In the afternoon, they went to Swayambhunath, the monkey temple. There are many great photos of monkeys taken by everyone. Some were not so friendly, snarling and baring their teeth, other were very cute, keeping everyone amused. There was actually an artist shop with paintings of the mountains, and the artist is a Christian lady, with Bible texts on the paintings. What a great place to have a christian witness in the middle of a hindu temple. Tomorrow, everyone will be going in all sorts of directions doing their specific tasks This is the most diverse team we have had. So many different things on the go.
Friday, 26 September 2014
Everything in Nepal is about relationships and community. All our training and activities are driven by becoming a family with these lovely people. Trish is with her girls , Nepalese style, preparing them for work. It has been wonderful to see the "light bulbs" going on, as Trish opens up new avenues of thinking. Hannah above after having her face painted by one of her trainees. And below, is Danielle, assisting some of the girls working towards english speaking. The team arrived last night quite weary, but full of stories of their experiences out in the West. They know they will never be able to fully explain what they have seen and done. Mike and Frank loved doing training of the pastors, and everyone has seen the places that some of our girls come from. It is quite confronting.
Peter is teaching ESL and I will get a photo of that in the future. Today is team day off, so we are going out together this afternoon. The ladies who arrived last night have been washing all morning in the little twin tub mating. They had mountains of washing.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Monday, 22 September 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
We had our party time today and we had great fun. Above is the beautiful afternoon tea and the girls cooked all the food. Then it was on with the fun. The rule is that you have to hold your mouth right, squeeze that balloon between your knees and go for your life. Also passing a tennis ball from one to another under the chin caused great hysterics. Lyn in the blue dress doing her thing, and right at the top, we were doing the Hokey Pokey, (you put your bottom in, you put your bottom out, etc. etc.). Also, the girls putting some finishing touches on their dolls.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
How cute is this little girl on her way to school. Gloria took a photo of her this morning . Gloria, Danielle and Annette decided to just wander into the Hyatt, nearby where we live, and have morning tea. All along the street, and down the driveway, were about 50 riot police, with assault rifles. Apparently, there was a conference there, with important people from a number of nations. So the three of the ladies, just went in, made themselves at home in the restaurant, sipped home made lemonade with mint, and pretended to be the upper crust for the morning. Of course, it was short lived, as they had to join the real world and get back to training. I'm jealous. I must try to get there myself, as I have never been that daring. I always thought you had to be a guest to be there. Tomorrow, we are having a little party with the girls, as it is the last day for our classes with this group. We plan a few funny games and definitely some dancing.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Danielle and Emma showing off their beautiful new Nepali outfits, just arrived from the tailor. They are looking forward to a reason to wear them now. I guess they will get all dolled up for church on Saturday. Also, my lovely girls very intent on the job at hand. They sit there working and singing. Life is pretty full for them nowadays. They are learning so many new skills.
Tim began today. He repaired a scooter in a couple of hours, that the bike shop was unable to be fixed. He also had 11 boys in his training this afternoon, training in bike repair. He has no interpreter so communications are quite difficult. Tim hopes to download tutorials to show the boys how things work. Tomorrow Lyn and Kate arrive at lunch time. Team is growing.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014