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May 22, 2019

Empowerment Center Phase II Updates

Meeting with the Village Development Committee
Meeting with the Village Development Committee

Dear Supporters!

With your help and generosity during our GlobalGiving crowdfunding campaign, we were able to complete Phase I of our Girl's Empowerment Center & Dormitory in Fall 2018, and now we are working to raise the remaining funds to complete Phase II.

The Empowerment Center located in Nuwakot, the #1 child trafficking district of Nepal, addresses the root causes of child orphan and sex trafficking, which are illiteracy and lack of finances. The center, which will be located next to the Secondary School, includes a 55-bed dormitory (so that girls who live over a 2.5-hour trek can attend class), a study room, garden/farm, kitchen, and a Buddhist prayer room. An accompanying leadership program and social entrepreneurial development program will be integrated into their curriculum.

The entire project, which is inclusive of earthquake-resistant construction technology, program management, and a scholarship component will cost USD $75,000.

Global Orphan Prevention's efforts in much of 2019 have been focused on development, meeting with corporate sponsors and planning for our first annual #Passport2Freedom Gala on August 24th, 2019 in Denver Colorado that will help us reach our funding goal and close the gaps. We travel to Nepal to break ground on the Empowerment Center shortly after our signature fundraising event concludes.

Missing Girls Investigation:

During our investigative work in Nepal last Fall, we collected data and photographs of the missing girls and passed them off to our partner rescue organizations who have been working tirelessly in Kathmandu and India to track them down. We've received wonderful news a couple of weeks ago that six girls have been located and are awaiting extraction. Let's pause for a moment of mindfulness that they are successful in their efforts and that these children are reunited with their families!

Our partner organizations continue their collaborative efforts, working with us and eachother:

  • Love Justice International: Through transit monitoring and interception, we attack trafficking at the most strategic moment—while it is in the process of occurring and BEFORE exploitation and enslavement. They have intercepted over 16,000 people from slavery, exploitation, and abuse.
  • Justice Ventures International: JVI partners with local organizations and global stakeholders to bring freedom, justice, and restoration to men, women, and children suffering from human trafficking and other forms of extreme injustice.
  • Operation Underground Railroad: has gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.'s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.

Your generosity has supported all of this vital work, and we thank you for making the smart choice to donate cash to support us in preventing orphan trafficking and child sex trafficking. We cannot do this without you!

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With Gratitude,

 

Katie Hilborn

KatieHilborn.com

Founder/CEO

Local Nepali girls in the village where we operate
Local Nepali girls in the village where we operate
Join us at our #Passport2Freedom Gala
Join us at our #Passport2Freedom Gala

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Feb 8, 2019

Phase I Complete!

Dearest Donors,

We are so incredibly grateful for your love and support during Phase I of our initiative to build a Girls Empowerment Center in Nepal. As you know, 25% of all adolescent girls from the village we operate go "missing" on an annual basis and we have strong evidence to suggest they are being trafficked to India and sold into the brothels. We have been working tirelessly in the Nuwakot District to establish a system, which will prevent future girls from being lured and manipulated into leaving the safety of the village. We are in alignment with the United Nations IOM that the surest way to prevent trafficking is through education, awareness, and educational opportunity. 

To date, we have completed Phase I of our Girls Empowerment Center; we have arranged the transfer of the privately donated land to the school authority, and have conducted extensive assessment through our collaborative partners on the ground. We are working tirelessly to fundraise for the remaining $30,000 USD needed to complete the construction of the empowerment center, that will include a dormitory, learning center, garden, and farm. 

Additionally, I put together an expedition team last Fall and we traveled to the region in attempts to track down the 27 girls that have been missing since 2015. We have made incredibly discovery through our investigation and our rescue partners are currently looking for them based on our leads. We hope to report back to you with good news soon! We also arranged for a team to conduct self-defense workshops with teen girls, training them in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The girls said they appreciated and saw the value the workshop brought.

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With Gratitude,

Katie Hilborn, Founder/CEO

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Nov 12, 2018

Inspirations from the Himalayas

The #GlobalOP team has been in the field this month on expedition-style missions throughout remote access Himalayas. What often involves a 5-8 hour jeep journey on windy mountain roads, followed by a 3-hour trek just to reach our destination, is not for the faint of heart. Check out the amazing work the team has accomplished this month!

Self-Defense Workshop:

Young Professionals Board Members Tim Bearden and Kate Green accepted the adventure to travel for more than 24 hours to Nepal in order to teach Gracie Jiu-jitsu self-defense to the girls who are at most risk of being abducted into the sex trade industry. Read the blog!

School Dormitory Updates:

The team has been on the ground in Nuwakot Nepal conducting assessments, meeting with partners, and consulting with architects to move things forward with our dormitory project. Hear from boots-on-the-ground founder Katie Hilborn outlining the vision!

 

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Founder Katie Hilborn taking her morning "shower"
Founder Katie Hilborn taking her morning "shower"
Hanging with the kids before school!
Hanging with the kids before school!
Self Defense Workshop
Self Defense Workshop
Self Defense Workship
Self Defense Workship

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