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, 9 April 2015

April Team Mission - Nepal Wednesday 8th

One of the hardest things faced when traversing through impoverished areas is the people reduced to begging to scrounge out an existence. The poverty and hunger that put people in this predicament leave these poor souls in a wretched state. Each time we spot people begging it wrenches at the heart and the desire to assist is intense. Learning the ramifications of misdirected assistance can be frustrating and disappointing to hearts filled with compassion. We have talked about this subject as a team this week and we each have had to learn again to keep focused on the tasks, the ministry and the peoples we are here to help. This lines up the head, but the heart still aches when we see these destitute folk.

Street family


Today the training continued for Ruth, Vivienne and Gordon while the rest of us trekked into the back alleys around Tamhal in the search for merchandise items. 

The merchandise range that TtN offers at our Awareness events forms a vital part as an income stream to assist raising funds for the ministry. 

This year the Freedom Tour is travelling for three months of concerts and school visits and the merch will be an integral part of this fund raising venture. So procuring stock for the next few months is key.
Keshav and Prasamsa
To aide our search for wholesalers we enlisted the help of a long term friend of the ministry, Keshav. Keshav runs many businesses in and around the merch industry. He and his wife Prasamsa operate in a key market that greatly assists us to locate and export merch in a timely manner.
Today he took time away from his work to travel with us and show us the locations and haggle the best price for items. His help was invaluable.  
Inside Keshav's store
The team on the hunt
Modelling the stock
Catching up with one of our regular wholesalers.

Another wonderful treat when visiting locals in this amazing country is their hospitality. As guests the respect and honour given to us is a somewhat overwhelming and often misunderstood by first timers. Along with this comes the ginger tea, we love ginger tea, and no trip is complete unless you have chugged on a few dozen cups of this sweet nectar.
The girls enjoying sweet ginger tea.

When the Bunda was on, which was cancelled for today so traffic returned to its extremely erratic self, non motorised options for transport began to take on a certain appeal when compared to walking. Here is one option considered, however the riders could not be coaxed to travel from Tamhal to NayaBasti!

We saw a motorcycle swerve to miss hitting a vehicle on our taxi ride this morning. His evasive manoeuvres avoided a collision but were so violent it sent his pillion sailing through the air and crashing to the ground. In Nepal only the driver need wear a helmut and this poor lass hit the ground hard. She stood to her feet immediately and appeared shaken but not severely injured. She will have a very sore shoulder and some skin off but hopefully that is all. We watched this unfold through the windscreen of our taxi directly in front of us. We had to swerve to miss her! It was very close. 

New relationships
The merch team

Scouring the back alleys


We saw this gentleman totally "getting into" the reading of his newspaper, cracked us up.

Engrossed in the news of the day.
Well that was today and the escapades of the team. We are all well, it is a good team and some wonderful relationships are forming. It is a thrill to see so many people committed to serving the Lord in so many vast ways to further the ministry and all that it entails. The students are furthering their skill sets and developing life traits that will serve them for many years thanks to the tireless work of so many wonderful volunteers both now and previously.
A special thank-you to you all.

The taxi drive home late this evening.
Till next time.

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