SASANE (Samrakshak Samuha Nepal)

SASANE is a Nepali NGO established by female survivors of human trafficking on the principle that survivors have great potential to create social change. Staffed primarily by survivors, SASANE works to end the physical and sexual exploitation of women and girls, secure their legal rights, and empower them to live free and dignified lives. We work passionately to ensure that survivors and women still trapped in sexual exploitation can escape abuse, achieve their dreams, and become leaders.
Feb 22, 2011

32 Paralegal Trainees Now Serving Victims!

Dear Friend,

SASANE is excited to share news with you about the progress of our Paralegal Program!  All 32 paralegal trainees are currently working at 20 police stations across Kathmandu Valley. On February 19th, the trainees took the official government Paralegal Exam. The women will receive the results of their examinations in the next four to eight weeks. Once the women receive the results, those that pass can begin earning money for every police report they file.

The police at every police station have given exceptional feedback on the work of the paralegal trainees. The women are working diligently to assist victims, giving special preference to victims of gender-based crimes.

Last week, I visited Sasmita (Name changed) at Krishnagar Police Station (location name changed), a 16-year-old highly at-risk girl who is a SASANE paralegal trainee and part of our SASANE family. Sasmita’s father abandoned her family two years ago, leaving Sasmita, her 14-year-old sister and mother in financial and emotional despair. Her mother is now working 15 hours a day as a dishwasher. Sasmita had to quit high school due to financial insecurity, but is now working hard as a paralegal. Once she gets the results from the paralegal exam (which she will undoubtedly pass), she can begin earning money and complete high school. “I want to make my family proud, and show my dad that I can support my family better than he could,” she told me while we sat together at the police station.

For Sasmita and the other 31 paralegal trainees, the long wait until they can start earning money is a difficult period. In order to get critical hands on training and earn the trust of community members, they must work diligently at their police posts. But until they receive official certification, they can’t accept fees. All the women come from marginalized backgrounds, and need your support in order to make it through the next few months.

For only $50 a month, you can provide a stipend for a paralegal trainee to address her financial insecurity until she receives her certification.

For only $500, you can send a girl like Sasmita to an entire semester of school.

A little goes a long way for the women and girls that are part of our SASANE family.

Thank you for your support! Look out for more updates in the weeks to come!

 

                                                                                                With Gratitude,

                                                                                                Alexandra Robinson

                                                                                                Senior Program Director

Nov 24, 2010

Public Speaking & Confidence Building Training!

Malvika Subba & SASANE Member
Malvika Subba & SASANE Member

On November 21, 2010, SASANE hosted a Public Speaking & Confidence Building Seminar for 25 SASANE members who have survived exploitation. As SASANE members and paralegals frequently work with the media and are building their own careers in human rights advocacy, it is imperative for them to become confident spokespersons. Through GlobalGiving donors’ generous support, we were able to hire Media Expert Malvika Subba (Former Miss Nepal) to teach invaluable communications skills.

Ms. Subba presented an intensive training covering a range of public speaking skills including posture, pronunciation, and anxiety management. She also led exercises on handling tough topics like sex, politics, and social conflict.

Malvika spoke on personal confidence, challenging women not to let society’s discrimination and criticism hold them back from achieving their hopes and dreams. She shared her own personal experiences, encouraging women to stand up for themselves despite society’s efforts to hold them back, and to overcome their fears.

At the end of the seminar, all participants clearly felt empowered with improved confidence to tackle obstacles in the home and workplace and to act as spokespersons for women in Nepal!! 

Thank you GlobalGiving for making this day possible!!

SASANE Participants & Malvika
SASANE Participants & Malvika
Public Speaking Exercise on Handling Tough Topics!
Public Speaking Exercise on Handling Tough Topics!
Practicing Public Speaking!
Practicing Public Speaking!
Nov 23, 2010

October Paralegal Training Completed!

Paralegal Instructor on the First Day of Class
Paralegal Instructor on the First Day of Class

This October, through funds raised on GlobalGiving, SASANE successfully trained 30 women and girls in preparation of the Nepal Paralegal Certificate Examination. The 30 participants are all highly at-risk girls and survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Many are women seeking to leave Kathmandu’s internal sex industry through SASANE’s help.

The funds donated by GlobalGiving’s generous supporters covered trainees’ travel expenditures, enabling women in tenuous financial situations to attend the daily training sessions. The funds were also used to cover the costs of all training materials.  (See our expenditure report for a more detailed explanation).

SASANE staff member and former paralegal trainee, Sonu Shakya, shined as the Paralegal Instructor, receiving excellent reviews from her trainees and from other SASANE staff.  Sonu led intensive workshops for two groups of 15 women and girls twice a day, 6 days a week, for four weeks. Girls received instruction on Nepal’s general legal context and structures, gender-based violence, foreign employment and anti-trafficking laws, and on working professionally with victims.

In the following weeks, the trainees receive hands-on training with SASANE Paralegals at police posts across Kathmandu Valley,

Sonu says that now that her students “understand the law, they will not only be able help victims professionally at police posts, but will also be able to stand up for their own rights and help other women in their workplaces and communities.”

The 30 women and girls will take the Paralegal Certificate Exam in December, and can then begin working at police stations in Kathmandu Valley and other districts. Stay tuned for more updates and THANK YOU for your amazing support!

 

            With Sincere Gratitude,

            Alexandra Robinson

            SASANE

            Senior Program Director

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