In 2011, the Nepal Youth Foundation helped to rescue a total of 1111 girls from virtual slavery in five districts of Nepal. Many of those rescued joined the Freed Kamlaris Development Forum (FKDF), an organization begun and sustained by the rescued girls and young women.
During the last eight months, the FKDF has grown more and more effective in its ability to influence and persuade Nepal government leaders to make available the funds already earmarked for education of former bonded child laborers. In 2011, FKDF delegations met with two Prime Ministers who occupied the office, sequentially. Currently, the government continues to experience some instability following the end of a decades-long civil war, which resulted in the shift from a monarchy to a republic.
Yet, even in light of this instability, the FKDF delegates successfully gained agreement for support of the comprehensive Kamlari Rehabilitation Guideline and timely release of the scholarship stipend. In addition to meeting with the Prime Ministers, the delegation teams met with the Finance Minister, the Education Minister, the Department of Education, and the Center for Child Welfare Board, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission.
This successful campaign for increasing attention on Kamlari issues resulted in a Department of Education commitment to increase the scholarship amount. In accordance with Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai’s directive, responsibilities were assigned to respective ministries for immediate action. The Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office has been charged with bringing the rehabilitation issue to a productive conclusion.
Thank you for supporting this historical evolution to enlighten one government’s attitude toward the treatment of children. With the Nepal government ready to educate them, there is more reason now than ever to do all we can to liberate the remaining few thousand girls and nearly 2,000 little boys that are still sold into bonded slavery. Look into the faces of these children here: http://bit.ly/uv6is2.
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