Support for 150 Sexually Exploited Women in Nepal

 
$4,971
$28,299
Raised
Remaining
Jul 31, 2014

Organizational activities within the last quarter

During Art Therapy Training
During Art Therapy Training

Background of the organization:

Raksha Nepal in 2004 was formed by the group of young women who also were the victims of gender based violence (GBV). In the earlier days, RN started running with few target groups coming to one room rented place of the Present for basic reading/writing classes and sharing of the ordeals those girls/women went through. In course of time, with small contributions from local donors, it was able to expand its programs in advocacy and media mobilization and recently (in 2009) with the rehabilitation and reintegration. Combining both the advocacy and shelter proved to be more effective and successful. The radio programs covered whole nation, effect of which was issues on GBV and forced prostitution was able to form 21 listener clubs in many parts of the country. The same listener clubs have been mobilized in the grassroots level to advocate and aware people against above issues.

Raksha Nepal since last 10 years has been supporting girls, women and their children working in the informal so called entertainment sector as well as the victims of violence, It has been endlessly raising the voices against all kinds of crimes and violence in respective sectors, such as domestic violence, rape, polygamy, human trafficking, sexual violence, compulsive prostitution etc.
In situations where girls and women are being exploited in one way or other, RN is working to organize them, so that they are able to fight for their rights and exploitation. RN’s main objective is to organize these women working in the entertainment sector through different groups and provide them with different skill training. Moreover, RN has been providing these women with low interest credit through it's saving and credit cooperative, so that these women can open small business of their own based on their skills.

Involvement of the past victims who have already spent some months in RN’s temporary rehabilitation centre as resource persons while designing this project has been crucial. By and large, the project has been developed in consultation with different stakeholders including target groups therefore; the activities for intervention have been designed in line with their request.

Major Activities of the Quarter:

  • To Provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to mentally prepare the target groups.
  • Meetings and coordination with the owners of the informal entertainment sectors.
  • Provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when required.
  • Conduct vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood (Sewing/cutting, cookery, SPA and Driving), advanced level trainings for 15 women and girls.
  • Coordination with different media for advocate women rights

Activities in Details:

  • To Provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to mentally prepare the target groups: Raksha Nepal  Provide psychosocial and trauma counseling to mentally prepare the target groups. RN providing counseling service in different level and different stages to the group members and by group coaching and individual level as well. Regular field visits and provide counseling to the group and its members by RN staff members and consultant counselor. In 21 groups two times within a year counselor provided counseling coaching and find out the individuals problem and also findout who really need what types of counseling. After visiting and providing group counseling at their working places, counselor also provides regular counseling to the individual in Raksha premises. RN had been providing counseling support since 2011, and through July 2014 has helped more than 163 women and girls who received individual counseling within the period. Through counseling in group meetings or other programs women often share their views that they are very happy and able to tackle and gained confidence day by day.

  • Meetings and coordination with the owners of the informal entertainment sectors: RN holding coordination meeting with different stake holders in regular basis. Raksha Nepal tried to raise women issues and tried to solve it through the help of different stakeholders who are directly related in this issue. Through these meetings RN collects the support and voice to protect the rights of women and girls collectively and also disseminate the information about the informal entertainment sector. And also, women and girls who are working in the same sector. RN conducted 1 coordination meetings within this quarter held in Durbar Marg premises dated 23 June 2014, with different stakeholders. RN facilitate them for the protect rights of women and girls from the informal entertainment sectors. More than 55 stakeholders participated in the meetings; the participants were from administrative office, police representatives, and owners, representatives from different associations, and members from the proposed union and women from network.
  • Provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when required: Provide legal support for needy girls and women as and when required. Legal support is one of the major services among the other services from the Raksha Nepal. RN provide this service from two ways, one conducting the regular visit program and increased the legal awareness during the group meeting programs and the other way of support is case study and provided free legal support. In this way, RN is continuing legal support program to the needy women and girls. Similarly, women and girls come to RN and they expect support from the RN on legal perspectives. As we know, women and girls are facing various forms of violence and mistreatment due to lack of awareness. As they are unable to manage such problems or don’t know where they can go, the culprits take advantage of them and use them to their benefits.Number of women and girls have come to RN through various sources, such as from mouth to mouth, other organizations referral, by listening RN’s radio program or talking with field staff where they refer to RN. There are some organizations also referring to RN for legal and other support to the women and girl victims, especially from the field of informal entertainment sector. In the past quarter, RN supported more than 98 women in legal advice on their cases and 3 field cases for property and 3 cases of rape were filed. These women were provided with free legal aid and provided transit shelter as required.
  • Conduct vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood (Sewing/cutting, cookery, SPA and Driving), advanced level trainings for 15 women and girls :  RN Conducted vocational and skill development trainings for alternative livelihood (Sewing/cutting, cookery and SPA ), basic level trainings for 15 women and girls. Raksha Nepal conducted various skill trainings in Basic and Advance level for the women and girls from the 21 groups. This quarter RN provided different Basic skill training for 25 women and girls, in tailoring 9 are still receiving in new season which is conducting in RN premises, 20 women and girls has been received SPA training in April-June 2014, 3 girls are receiving Beauty parlor training in this quarter and 2 women receiving cookery training. 
  • Radio Program: Raksha Nepal conducted radio program for awareness and campaigning to protect and promoting women’s rights. RN is also closely working with different media. The radio program started from last year with a joint effort with Radio City FM and Raksha Nepal. We completed more than 104 episodes within 2 year period and have broadcasted same number of participants with different understandings and suggestions on women rights, women issues, voice against all kind of violence, awareness raising on different issues, experience sharing, happiness sharing, etc. Interviews on lots of other activities through the radio program were broadcasted. Thousands of women succeeded to find RN office and get its services. Radio program also supported in disseminating the information about different issues in wider range. We have experiences to interact with women who are coming in RN office from surrounding districts after they heard stories about RN’s activities and support through same radio program.

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,


We are currently working to support these regular activities through the continued donations that we receive. All   these donations are vital to keeping our programs going, and to helping to provide better lives for these women and children. We greatly appreciate your continued support and suggestions as well.

During the meeting
During the meeting
During the network meeting
During the network meeting
Women protesting for their rights
Women protesting for their rights
Apr 15, 2014

Key Activities of the Quarter

during the Peer Educatin Training
during the Peer Educatin Training

Background:

Raksha Nepal (RN) is a non government, non-profitable social organization, established in 2004. It is working for sexually exploited girls, women and their children. It also empowers and provides care and support to them. RN is run by women and girls who have been sexually exploited. Therefore, the organization is dedicated to those women and girls who have landed knowingly and unknowingly in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurents, where they are sexually exploited by the owners as well as the customers. RN is committed to making these women and girls aware of how to protect themselves in their current roles. RN also empowers them to build their capacity to identify alternative livelihood oppertunities to start a safe and respectful life. Raksha Nepal believes that if women are confident and educated the entire family benefits from it. This is one of the reasons that the organization is determined and committed to work towards the overall welfare of women and girls who are exploited and marginalized from the society.

Nepal being a patriarchal society, Nepali womenface multiple forms of discrimination. Existing culture and legal inequalities are also some of the basis of abuse and exploitation. Women who have been working in dancebar, massage parlor, cabin restaurant as such are the most marginalized groups in the country, who face a higher risk of gender based violence than in any other job sector. This is serious issue and RN is stepping up and working with the beneficiaries to tackle this problem in the work place violence.

The rehabilitation centre’s experience showed that RN is the only organization who is taking this particular group in the shelter. Mixing with any other group of GVB victims, sometimes, proved to be difficult for RN and its staff members. The approach to psycho-social counseling also had to be specific for girls/women from this background as they have been through a lot of trauma which needed trauma counseling also.

 

Key Activities

  • Skill Trainings
  • Peer Education Training
  • Network Meeting
  • Peace Rally on Raksha Nepal's 10th Anniversary

Activities in Details 

Skill Trainings: Raksha Nepal has been conducted various skill trainings for selected women group members. Trainigs has basic level such as 3 months basic training on Tailoring, where 15 women were participated, 3 months basic training on SPA, where 21 women and girls were participated and 3 months basic training on beauty parlor, where 3 women were received parlor training. After completed these training they were very happy and hopeful to get new job or start new business as per their skills.

Peer Education Training: Raksha Nepal has conducted peer education training coordination with international volunteer from USA. 10 women ere participated on that training. Peer Education trainings main aim is to provide practical knowledge to the training participants and these participants later will transform to the other group members. 10 participants of the training were from different women's group. Training mainly covered these areas such as; leadership devlopment, phycosocial counseling, health, life skill and spritual. 10 women from different groups are ready to get training for next phase.

Women Network Meeting: women network meeting has conducted as thier schedule, every 2 months network meeting have conducting at Raksha Nepal. Members of the network are chairperson from  their different women groups. Through this network women discuss and raise their problem and oppertunity for the solution. Raksha Nepal facilitate them and did plan for the solution. This networks main aim is to colaborate among the women groups and build up strong voice against women violence.

Peace Rally on Raksha Nepal's 10th Anniversary: Raksha Nepal has celebrated its 10th anniversary and organized peace rally against all kinds of women violence. Raksha Nepal appeal to all related stakeholders, women group members, individuals from the women sector and government line agencies as well. More than 8 hundred women and girls were participated on that peace rally. Raksha Nepal completed its 10 year journey with women who are victim of different violence. Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister was chief guest on that program and he also promise to women mass, he will make the policy for implementation especially from thoe women who are working in informal entertainment sector and who are working at risk. 

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,

We are currently working to support these regular activities through the continued donations that we receive. All these donations are vital to keeping our programs going, and to helping to provide better lives for these women and children. We greatly appreciate your continued support and suggestions as well.

 

       

during the Peer Educatin Training
during the Peer Educatin Training
women and girls particiapting peace rally
women and girls particiapting peace rally
During the Rally
During the Rally

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Jan 13, 2014

Vocational Training for the Women and Girls

Staff members receiving coaching
Staff members receiving coaching

Background:

Raksha Nepal in 2004 was formed by the group of young women who also were the victims of gender based violence (GBV).  In the earlier days, RN started running with few target groups coming to one room rented place of the Present for basic reading/writing classes and sharing of the ordeals those girls/women went through. In course of time, with small contributions from local donors, it was able to expand its programs in advocacy and media mobilization and recently (in 2009) with the rehabilitation and reintegration. Combining both the advocacy and shelter proved to be more effective and successful. The radio programs covered whole nation, effect of which was issues on GBV and forced prostitution was able to form 21 listener clubs in many parts of the country. The same listener clubs have been mobilized in the grassroots level to advocate and aware people against above issues.

The rehabilitation centre’s experience showed that RN is the only organization who is taking this particular group in the shelter. Mixing with any other group of GVB victims, sometimes, proved to be difficult for RN and its staff members. The approach to psycho-social counseling also had to be specific for girls/women from this background as they have been through a lot of trauma which needed trauma counseling also.

The work initiated during the past years has prompted that the flow of girls/women joining this profession and use of sophisticated means to lure the victims also has been increasing every year.  This means that there is an urgent need for action to identify various strategies and stakeholders to tackle this situation. One of the strategies would be to organize girls/women in this sector to through empowerment and make them capable to assert their rights.  In the process there is also a need to involve other stakeholders, such as employers, law implementers, police and policy makers, youth organizations and parliamentarians.

Involvement of the past victims who have already spent some months in RN’s temporary rehabilitation centre as resource persons while designing this project has been crucial. By and large, the project has been developed in consultation with different stakeholders including target groups therefore; the activities for intervention have been designed in line with their request. 

Mjor Activities of the Quarter:

  • Conduct basic vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood (sewing/cutting, cookery, SPA and beautiparlor)
  • Rescue of girls from police custody.
  • Interviews conducted with various media outlets such as TV, radio, and newspaper on the subject of women’s advocacy.
  • Counseling services to the women and girls.

Activities in Details:

 1. Conduct basic vocational and skill development training for alternative livelihood (sewing/cutting, cookery, SPA and beautiparlor)

In the past three months a total of fifteen women were trained in various skills. Nine were trained in sewing-cutting, 3 in beauty parlor, 2 in cookery, and 1 in driving. All were trained at the basic level. In the next phase Raksha will select women from this group for the advanced training. These trainings were held in different places. Sewing/cutting was held at Raksha Nepal, and the rest of the trainings were held at various training institutes. The trainings are held from October-December.

One woman, Shrijana Tumbahamfe (Name Changed), who was recently trained in sewing/cutting, said that she is very happy to get this training and to gain new skills. She worked very hard to be able to get the next level of training, because she wants to get advanced level skills so that she can eventually open her own tailoring shop and leave her old job in the entertainment sector. Sumi Sapkota (Name changed),who was trained in beauty parlor, said that she also wants to get the advanced training, and that she either wants to get a job in an existing beauty parlor, or to gather the funds to open her own beauty parlor in the future. She is happy to get this first level training and to gain these new skills. Maiya Awale (Name Changed), who received driving training, said that she is also very happy. She wants to be a professional driver, and this gave her the skills to work towards this. If Raksha Nepal had not supported her, she would not have been able to get this training. The training is normally very expensive, and she would not have been able to put together the funds for it otherwise, so she is extremely happy that Raksha Nepal could help her with this. 

 2. Rescue of girls from police custody.

Many times the police arrest women and girls from the cabin restaurants, massage parlors, and dance bars, blaming the women for prostitution. Raksha facilitates with police, explaining the reality of the situation, and rescues the women and girls from police custody.

Sometimes the police will also send young girls to Raksha Nepal for shelter. 25 girls and women were released from police custody in the last three months, and four girls came to Raksha Nepal for shelter. Raksha provided them with counseling and use of the transit shelter. After counseling, Raksha sent them back with their families.

In one case, a girl was rescued who was from India. She was trafficked from India to Nepal before being picked up in Kathmandu. Many organizations think that the trafficking works going from Nepal to India, only, but we can see from this case that that is not true. A restaurant owner took this girl from India and forced her to get involved in prostitution. The police know about things like this, and arrested this man, and the girl was sent to us. Raksha Nepal counseled her and contacted her parents in India and called them here. After they came to Raksha, the girl was sent home to India with her parents.

3. Interviews conducted with various media outlets such as TV, radio, and newspaper on the subject of women’s advocacy.

Raksha Nepal’s Chairperson, Menuka Thapa coordinated advocacy through a partnership with the media for women’s rights, especially those women in this sector. She gave interviews to various media outlets such as Mountain Television, Himalayan Television, NTV 2, E24, BFBS Gorkha radio, Image FM, Kantipur FM, and also newspapers such as Kantipur Daily, The Kathmandu Post, The Himalayan Post, Saurya Urja, etc. Through this media she raised the voices of the women and girls who are victimized through forced prostitution and sexual exploitation.

4. Counseling services to the women and girls.

In the last three months nearly 300 women and girls received general counseling from Raksha’s office. They came to the office after hearing about Raksha through various sources. Raksha’s counselor met with them and listened to their problems and helped them, and gave suggestions. If they come needing psychosocial or trauma counseling Raksha will help them. In this period of time two girls received psychosocial counseling.

After hearing about Raksha Nepal through the radio program or through other sources, many women come to Raksha and ask for help and support from the organization, but Raksha cannot always able to support all of the women who come. Instead, Raksha works to counsel them, and to refer them to other related organizations or government agencies who can help them more immediately. 

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,

We are currently working to support these regular activities through the continued donations that we receive. All these donations are vital to keeping our programs going, and to helping to provide better lives for these women and children. We greatly appreciate your continued support and suggestions as well.

 


 

 

 





participating on w/s
participating on w/s
Capacity Building Training
Capacity Building Training

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Oct 22, 2013

Major Activities Executed by Raksha Nepal

Human Rights Day Celebration
Human Rights Day Celebration

Background

Raksha Nepal, since last 10 years, has been actively working for vulnerable girls, women and their children. Its target groups are the victims or those vulnerable to sexual exploitation, domestic violence, trafficking, victims of polygamy and neglect, etc.  RN also raises voices in favor of its target groups targeted to respective institutions so that the victims could get justice.

In the same context, since 2011, RN has been implementing “Prevention Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking” (PAST) project in support of KFB/DKA.  This project is targeted towards those girls and women who work in the informal entertainment sector (dance bar, massage parlor, cabin restaurant, and small snack and tea shops). After forming groups, RN staff has been motivating them through regular meetings, discussion programs, encouraging them to join in the RN saving and credit cooperative, try and find solutions to their problems. It also has been providing awareness programs and skill training for the alternative livelihood opportunities. Through its other training on the women’s rights and legal rights, these girls and women have become capable to fight for their rights. RN has been providing all these services in an integrated manner. Moreover, RN transit home has been set up for keeping the target women’s children while they get skill training and get settled in alternative jobs. Likewise, they can get access to loans with minimal interest against their savings through the cooperative. These girls and women who wish to join non-formal education are provided free education through its women’s school. RN coordinates with different health institutions and doctors etc. to organize free health check-up camps for the target women from time to time. 

Major Activities 

  1. Conduct awareness classes for the target women in various subjects at their workplaces
  2. Conduct W/S for the purpose of sensitizing girls and women about media and its role in their lives.
  3. Regular meetings with the Women's Network 
  4. Conduct meetings with the related stakeholders for the purpose of building strong relationships with them

 

Activity Details

1. In the last quarter we conducted awareness classes for seven of the network groups. These classes took place at the women's workplace, the same place where they regularly hold their meetings. They covered subjects such as traffiking, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, and counseling. After the classes the women had a better understanding of these subjects and their existence in society.

2. We conducted one workshop with both the media and selected members from the Network groups. In the past the women tended to be very scared of the media because the media has portrayed them in bad lights. We set up this workshop with both sides to explain where the media comes from, and where the women are coming from, and allowed both sides to express their views and experiences. This allowed the women to learn more about what the media is doing and is there for, and for the media to learn more about and realize the reality of the lives of the women in this sector, and the situations that they are in.

3. We conducted the regular meetings two times in the last quarter. These allow a forum for the women to come together to discuss issues and problems that they are having in the workplace or in their daily lives. Additionally, we discussed the peer educator trainings that we are preparing for later in the year, and selected subjects to base the trainings around. 15-18 women from the different women's groups were present at these meetings. We also discussed the present situation of a rising number of police raids in the sector, and how to stay safe throughout these. This included discussing the laws and their rights pertaining to this.

4. We are continually working on building relationships with stakeholders as a way to work together to address the situation of the women in the sector. In August we conducted one meeting with the local NGOs, police, media, target group members, and other likeminded agencies. Through this we had a discussion about the women's situation in the sector and possible solutions, as well as the role we can all play in these solutions. There were 25 participants present at the meeting representing the various stakeholders.

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,

We are currently working to support these regular activities through the continued donations that we receive. All these donations are vital to keeping our programs going, and to helping to provide better lives for these women and children. We greatly appreciate your continued support and suggestions as well.

Practicing during the Beautician Training
Practicing during the Beautician Training
Women Group Meeting
Women Group Meeting
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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Project Leader

Rabin Malla

Kathmandu, non Nepal

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