In end June, 2012 it came to our attention through our field staff that our target groups from the Thamel area working in the massage parlors were facing various problems. The government and the Massage Association had been pressuring them to acquire massage and spa training certificate. Most of these girls and women are working with little on-the-job experience in these parlors and do not possess certificates as such. If these massage parlor workers would not get the Spa training and certificate soon, their centres will be closed down. If they would not have got the training, these girls would be displaced from that area and had a high chance of joining into open prostitution in the streets of Kathmandu. This trend has already started a couple of weeks ago where the administration closed down few massage centres who did not have legal certificates for running massage centres. The result of this closure has affected and forced several girls and women to go in the streets. There are about 4500 girls and women working in the massage parlors in Thamel area only. Raksha has 120 in 6 groups in that area only. Some girls were already trained and possess certificates, but there are many who do not have them. Within the available fund, we decided to provide most vulnerable of them with the basic 3 months Spa training immediately, which concludes by the end of September 2012.
Out of 15 girls who were provided with the sewing and cutting (tailoring) training, we selected 8 prospective women for the advance tailoring training. The reason to provide the advance training is to harness them with the skills which increases their confidence and ability at par with the professional tailors. This training started in August and would conclude in October. After this training the said women have committed to open their own small business of their own. The credit to establish the business is foreseen to be provided by the sister concern of RN - Raksha Shree Cooperative.
Raksha Nepal had to undertake one unplanned emergency support to one mentally disable gang rape victim in August, 2012. RN rescued her in an abandoned area of the Valley and admitted her in the Mental Hospital. But she is in urgent need of the operation for her prolapsed uterus. She is undergoing a treatment in but still her family members are not in sight, so she is supported and cared by Raksha Nepal to date.
We are very grateful to all our donors who has supported Raksha Nepal in our cause to help the sexually exploited girls and women. We also would like to request for your continued support in the days to come.
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