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.

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.

Until next time Easter Greetings to all our friends and families, from the teams in Nepal.

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