Training to become a beautician
To reach out the the thousands of girls rescued from indentured servitude, Nepal Youth Foundation set up a regional office in Nepalgunj, in the western part of the country where most of the former Kamlari call home.
Regional office staff provide career counseling to help the girls choose appropriate training programs and link them to cooperatives so they can start their own businesses.
Last year, 168 youths enrolled in training various programs including dressmaking, social work, auto mechanics, hospitality, farming and construction. Many of the 142 girls who enrolled in the Vocational Education and Career Counseling (VECC) program last year were former Kamlari who spent their childhoods as household slaves.
Many of these girls missed so many years of schooling that they could not catch up through traditional education. VECC staff work closely with each student to help them choose an occupation that they are both suited for and would enjoy.
To get the word out about our program, VECC broadcast a radio program called "Lauo Juni," meaning "new life" through seven local FM radio stations in Western Nepal. The radio broadcasts spotlighted the career accomplishments the girls and hoped to motivate other girls to pursue vocational training and entrepreneurship.
Thank you for helping these young people develop real skils to find real jobs in this impoverished country. Namaste.
Learning to care for the sick
Tending the crops