In Nepal, approximately 40,000 girls are sold into bonded servitude. Families are so poor that they cannot get enough food without the $40-$50 they receive for their daughters. These girls, some as young as 7, are sold and shipped off to work in distant cities. The situation is tailor-made for abuse. NYOF educates the families; pays for all school costs; provides the family with an animal; and has a micro-lending program enabling the parents to end this practice.
NYOF will educate families about the dangers of this practice; provide each family with an animal, which they can sell; send the girls to school, paying for all of their school supplies; and provide the families with an alternative source of income.
NYOF’s hope is to eradicate this inhumane practice throughout the world. Our program has been replicated by a larger grantmaker; they were able to save 800 girls in a year. Our goal is to continue this process.