Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal

by American Himalayan Foundation
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal
Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal

Project Report | Nov 15, 2022
Crossing the Finish Line

By AHF Staff | AHF Staff

The Amar program is a key part of STOP Girl Trafficking. It was born out of a crusade to protect Neapli Girls from the risk of a life that could have been lost to poverty and patriarchal violence. It is targeted at young vulnerable girls from rural communities across Nepal that lie at higher risk of being a victim of these social evils. They work in the prevention part by providing education to adolescent girls as a continuation of SGT. Amar sees girls as change agents and is a strong advocate against practices such as child marriage and child labor.

One example where an intervention was made by SGT and Amar is one young woman that started with SGT in second grade. Bhawana was the youngest in a a family of eight. From an early age, she imagined that she would face a similar fate as her older siblings-forced into marriages or life as a low wage laborer without completing school. SGT secured her spot in starting her education when second grade was proving to be an immense challenge. The Amar program ensured her pathway into high school much smoother. After a decade with these programs, she's close to completing her high school education. While knowledge has prevailed, Bhawana wishes that these programs had reached her older siblings.

The continuation of girls like Bhawana in their education is what the Amar program focuses on. Girls enrolled in grades 11 and 12, grades often have to travel to schools further away from their villages since some schools don't offer high school education beyond 10th grade. The schools with 11th and 12th grade classes do not always have financial provisions to support these girls with their rent or transportation that would enable them to continue their courses. Amar provides this support. This set of supporters also covers their fees, books, and provides them uniforms.

With a lack of support for girls continuing their 11th and 12th grade educations, the risk of them being pushed into marriage or dangerous work situations increases drastically. Amar's support provides an option for them to go beyond the tenth grade. Most recently, they supported 1,143 students in the 11th grade and 909 students in 12th grade. Beyond the material support, they also educate the girls in understanding the risks of being trafficked and teach them critical thinking skills. This equips girls with knowledge and skills to distinguish between right and wrong, and increase their ability to make wise decisions thereby reducing the chances of being trafficked or lured into trafficking with false promises.

They now often cross the finish line of completing high school with the ability to take their studies further or go into fields of work that are more equitable. One student, Basamti, was studying animal science and she scored very high marks in her educational district. Another Amar student graduated at the top of her 12th grade class upon completing her studies in education. These accomplishments and opportunities are still rooted in grim realities. With the backing of Amar, these girls can lift off into their futures as more aware and empowered people and agents of change in their own communities.

 

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American Himalayan Foundation

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Sarah Bakker
San Francisco , CA United States
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