Raksha Nepal

Women and Girls free from Sexual Exploitation. Protect women and young girls from trafficking and sexual exploitation through enhancing knowledge and socioeconomic status.
Jul 18, 2013

Recent program report

Practicing tekwando...
Practicing tekwando...

Background:

Women in Nepal have low status within the family and society. Illiteracy, early marriage, poverty imposes the greatest hindrance to enhancing equal opportunity and status for girls and women. The decade long armed conflict in Nepal escalated the status of women to more vulnerability. These influences underlie the migration process in Nepal and increase their vulnerability of young women and girls to trafficking and sexual abuse.  The girls and women, to save their lives were compelled to leave their home places and migrate into cities, especially Kathmandu to seek sustainable livelihoods and secure future. Lacking education, skills and knowledge, these ignorant girls and women from villages are pushed to the entertainment sector and are obliged to perform any tasks they are asked to, for the survival imperatives. The dance bars, massage and cabin restaurant opened in an unmanaged way in different parts of Kathmandu has the higher trend of involving these girls as sex workers for profit making.

Raksha Nepal (RN) in its working year of 9 has done several activities for the protection and dignified survival of these girls and women working in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurants. RN when established a women shelter in 2009, has always been realizing the need of shelter for the children of these women too.

Raksha Nepal in its own initiation has started the shelter home for the children of women working in the so called entertainment sectors as well as who are sexually harassed and exploited. These children are born without the recognition of their fathers and have no appropriate place to live and food to eat. These mothers are not even capable of fulfilling the fundamental requirement of their children the other educational rights of the children are still to be touched by them. Realizing this scenario of children and keeping the main goal of the organization to protect the target group from the trap to prostitution, RN has been providing capacity building training to the girls and women from this sector.  Moreover, by providing the safe transit home to their children as well as those girls who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse, RN is keeping them safe. In its home, RN provides them with food, shelter, education, health services. Currently, the number of children has increased to 30 from 25 who are from 2 to 14 years of age. Out of them 20 are girls and 10 are boys, who are studying from nursery to grade 10.

This child safe home does not have any regular donor, but is run with the individual donations. Some of the donors support them with school fee, some with uniforms and some with stationery and food, etc. That is the reason why RN is always in search of donors for sustainably running of this safe transit home.

Progress Report

  • With start of the new session of the school, 30 children were re-enrolled. In the beginning of the class, those who got first, second and third place in the previous exams, were awarded with small gifts from the school.  About 10 from the RN transit home were amongst those who received the award.
  • At the time of this report, children have already completed their 1st term exams. with good results.
  • Two national volunteers have started to give tuition to all the children, which is also helping them with their day to day studies.
  • The day for the children in the safe home begins with meditation followed by taekwondo basic training lasting 1 to 1 and half hrs. In the same context the these children received the best march past award organized at the district level taekwondo competition in this quarter.
  • 7 children’s birthday was celebrated during this quarter. Two well wishers celebrated their birthday with the RN safe home children.
  • During the children’s school break, they received Art Therapy class organized by the volunteers of different nationalities in Raksha Nepal. This process helped children to express their feelings through the artwork.
  • Various traditional and cultural festivals are also celebrated in the safe home so that the children understand the value of such occasions, such as mother’s day was one of them.

Dear Donors/Supporters

Greetings from Nepal

We would like to thank you very much from the organization and all children at safe home. We are very pleased to get support from your side. It's very valuable for all children. Currently they are regularly going to school and are staying at shelter safely. But due to irregular donations, we are struggling to give a better life these children.  Hence, we still  are seeking for regular support from the donors.  Your small donation can change some children’s life for better.  Please help us to help them in future as well.

Thank you very much for your great support.

Best regards,

Rabin Malla and Raksha Nepal Team

Tekwando....
Tekwando....
Birthday celebration...
Birthday celebration...
Birthday kids with traditional scarf...
Birthday kids with traditional scarf...
Children meditating....
Children meditating....

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Jul 17, 2013

Recent Activities

celebrating moments in shelter
celebrating moments in shelter

Background

Raksha Nepal (RN), has been dealing with issues of girls and women working in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurants for the past nine years. It’s significant working experience in the field has enhanced the organizational capacity to work more effectively with targeted groups as well as with other stakeholders. The ultimate goal of this project would be to create decent working environment by enhancing the capacity of young girls and women in so called entertainment sectors and make free from risk of exploitation and trafficking.

Once the target groups are capacitated with knowledge on their rights and roles, aware of legal aspects they will be able to form an association of their own. This Union ultimately will be acting as an advocate for workers in the entertainment sectors. To reach to its goal, RN has to follow several steps in parallel with the programs mentioned below.

 

Regular Activities with the target groups

Counseling:

As in the past, this quarter aslo Raksha Nepal conducted counseling program for 85 girls and women working in the entertainment sector.

In the next quarter, Raksha Nepal plans to hold more group counseling programs in the 20 groups formed during the past program, so that these groups are motivated to remain in the group activities.

Legal support:

Raksha Nepal has been supporting the victims of rape, domestic violence and sexually exploited as well as victims of polygamy.  those who are unable to fight legal battle are supported by this organization through providing lawyers to look into their respective cases. 

In this quarter, 5 domestic violence victims were supported.

Raksha Nepal is also regularly conducting awareness programs on human and women rights in its target groups.

Radio Program:

Raksha Nepal has been conducting one hour per week radio program through the local FM station. Most of the episodes focus on the experience sharing by the target group individuals or experts from different walks of life are also invited as interviewee. This program is heard not only in Kathmandu but also 5 other districts connected with it.

In the last quarter, it aired 12 episodes, where 10 women from the groups shared their experience on the struggles. One international and one national volunteers shared their experience in Raksha Nepal.

As this program has good impact which is evident in the volume of victim women visiting Raksha Nepal, this will be continued for another year.

Saving and Credit Cooperative:

This cooperative has been established with the membership of the target groups to support the them by micro saving and credit. Raksha Nepal's all 20 group members are saving their small portion of the income regularly.

In this quarter, 6 women received loan in minimal interest to establish their own small business or expand their existing business. All these women had received skill development training from Raksha Nepal.

Emergency Support:

Under this support, Raksha Nepal has been supporting victims of rape, domestic and sexual violence with rescue, shelter and legal battle.

In this quarter, it facilitated to release 33 girls and women who had been in the police custody with this and that charges. All of these women were brought to Raksha Nepal and were oriented to be aware of rules and regularions on their profession.

Training program:

Raskha Nepal in coordination with different organizations has been supporting women to build their capacity. In the last quarter, 18 women received different training on bakery, handicraft making, cafeteria managing.

Raksha Nepal is planning to provide training to 25 women on sewing cutting, cookery and beauty parlor. 

 

Dear Donors/Supporters

Greetings from Raksha Nepal Team

We would like to thank you all and would like to share our organizational activities in summarised version. We have been conducting various activities through different wings. We are very excited to share you with the same, for the women and girls for awareness raising program and capacity building program.

We still are struggling to include other women and girls who are at risk in this sector, so we would like to humbly request to you to please support us, as we want to conduct more capacity building trainings for the needy girls and women.

We hope you all will support us as in the past.

Thank you very much for your kind support.

Best Regards

Girls having fun in shelter
Girls having fun in shelter
International Volunteer with the Girls
International Volunteer with the Girls
Project Leader with children....
Project Leader with children....

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Apr 26, 2013

Children in a Shelter

Colour Festival Holi celebrating at Raksha Nepal
Colour Festival Holi celebrating at Raksha Nepal

 

Background:

 

Women in Nepal have low status within the family and society. Although the constitution offers women equal educational opportunities, many social, economic, and cultural factors contributed to lower enrollment and higher dropout rates for girls. Illiteracy, early marriage, poverty imposed the greatest hindrance to enhancing equal opportunity and status for women. The decade long armed conflict in Nepal escalated the status of women to more vulnerability. These influences underlie the migration process in Nepal and increase the  vulnerability of young women and girls to trafficking and sexual abuse.  The girls and women, to save their lives were compelled to leave their home places and migrate into cities, especially Kathmandu to seek sustainable livelihoods and secure future. Lacking education, skills and knowledge, these ignorant girls and women from villages are pushed to the entertainment sector and are obliged to perform any tasks they are asked to, for the survival imperatives. The dance bars, massage and cabin restaurant opened in an unmanaged way in different parts of Kathmandu has the higher trend of involving these girls as sex workers for profit making.

Raksha Nepal in its working year of 8 has done several activities for the protection and dignified survival of these women. RN when established a women shelter in 2009, has always been realizing the need of shelter for the children of these women too.

Ideally, every child needs to belong to a stable, secure, and loving family. It is a widely-accepted value that children should be provided care and protection so that they can grow and develop. It is also an internationally accepted value. However, due to a number of reasons- natural and human-induced-we are not always able to translate this ‘intention’ into a reality.

When there is a situation of failure or unavailability of family care, the state is obliged to proved appropriate institutional care for neglected, separated or abandoned children. Nepal has accepted this.

However, a lack of planned and proper family and other institutional care system has forced many children in Nepal to resort to the streets, illegal works and female child when they reach a certain age the easy way of earning for them is prostitution. Some big children of these women live in callous and wretched conditions that a civilized state cannot imagine for human beings.

Raksha Nepal in its own initiation has started the shelter home for the children of women who are sexually harassed and exploited. These children are born without the recognition of their father and have no appropriate place to live and food to eat. These mothers are not even capable of fulfilling the fundamental requirement of their children the other educational rights of the children are still to be touched by them. Realizing this scenario of children and keeping the main goal of the organization to protect the target group from the trap to prostitution, RN has put forwarded their step but their single effort is not sufficient they need the joint effort and help of government other non-governmental organization and individual.

 

Main Activities

 

  • Birth Day celebration : Raksha Nepal has conducted birth day celebration with children. Number of individuals has been celebrates their birth day with kids and they share their special moments as well. Students, Social workers, Journalists and celebreties are celebrates their birth day and special days in Raksha Child Shelter. Raksha Nepal also celebrating kids birth day at shelter in a group.
  • Out door visit : Raksha Nepal has let childrens out door visit time to time in regular basis. Childrens fun park, some famous places of Nepal also visited (dhulikhel, fun park kathmandu, kavreplanchwok, dakchikali)
  • Games:  Raksha Nepal started the professional games for children, tekwando player has practicing to children regularly at raksha Nepal.
  • Up grade school classes: children from Raksha child shelter has passed their previous classes in excellent marks, school teachers told children from Raksha Nepal very smart and tallent in study. They appriciated their hard work, now 30 children are studying there.
  • Painting competition: Raksha Nepal and US citizen Sandra has jointly organized painting competetion for children at Raksha Nepal. All children has been participated at that compitition, Sandra provided them painting materials and coached them as well.
  • Dance Perform in Beauty contest: Children from Raksha child shelter performed dance in Beauty contest in kathmandu, 6 children has been performed successfully at that program.  
  • Anchoring Training: Raksha Nepal and The Reukai Nepal has jointly organised Anchoring Training to children at Raksha Nepal. 15 days training including leadership development, personality development subject as well. Organization awarded all the childrens.

 

Dear Donors/Supporters

Greetings from Nepal

We would like to thank you very much from the organization and all children, we are very happy to got supports from your side. It's very valuable for all children, now they are studying in school regularly and they are staying at shelter safely, still we are seeking regular support from the donors because we don't have any regular support from any where, we manage very hardly.

We hope you all support us in future as well.

 

Thank you very much for your great support.

Best Regards

Rabin Malla and Raksha Nepal Team

Media coverage singer Rajesh P Rai visited Raksha
Media coverage singer Rajesh P Rai visited Raksha
Kavre Visit with Chairperson Menuka
Kavre Visit with Chairperson Menuka
Children with school dress
Children with school dress
Birthday celebration
Birthday celebration
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