Help Former Child Slaves on their Path to Freedom

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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Summary

Freedom is only the first step of their journey and your help is needed more than ever. NYF is now helping thousands of these former child slaves move towards a brighter future by offering them education, counseling, job skills, advocacy training, and business micro-loans.
$325,000.00
total goal
$83,604.00
remaining
1,495
donors
11
monthly donors
8
years active

Challenge

In rural Nepal, impoverished families traditionally sold their daughters into bonded servitude every year to supplement the family's scant income. Without the $50 to $70 they receive for their daughters' labor, some families couldn't afford the food to feed the remaining children at home. These girls were often taken far from their villages to work in distant cities. The children were typically forced to work long hours, mistreated and sometimes disappeared forever.

Solution

Since launching the program in 2000, NYF rescued 12,700 indentured girls and returned them to their families. Each family received a piglet or goat to replace the income from selling their daughter and promised to send their daughters to school. NYF now supports thousands of these girls through counseling, vocational training, legal support, small business loans, tutoring, scholarships and advocacy.

Long-Term Impact

Not only have former bonded servants achieved personal freedom and dignity, they are creating lasting social change and future educational and professional opportunities for their sisters. The Nepal Youth Foundation trains these girls to speak out against bonding by effectively organizing themselves to perform street plays about the abuses they suffered, organize marches, create and distribute anti-slavery posters, host a radio show, and hold press conferences with international media.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
NYF's Website
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Organization Information

Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jackie Frost
Sausalito, CA United States

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