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 | Jun 3, 2014
A Tale of Two Sisters

By Bruce Moore | Field Director

eduction means a better life after graduation
eduction means a better life after graduation

Life started out hard for Rekha and her sister Shanti. Their father died soon after Shanti was born and their mother abandoned both girls shortly after that. Fortunately, their grandmother took them in and, despite her own scant means, enrolled them in the local government school. However, when Rekha reached grade six and Shanti grade four, the money ran out. It was at this point their lives diverged. Rekha started working as a farmhand and paid her own way through middle school. Shanti dropped out and an aunt took her to Kathmandu to work as a domestic servant, where she stayed for seven years. Rekha came to our attention when she entered eighth grade, which in Nepal has the highest incidence of dropout, and we invited her to join Stop Girl Trafficking.

“The support came as a huge relief – I was able to continue school despite my financial circumstances,” Rekha wrote me after we met during my recent visit to Makwanpur. “I attended school every morning and worked the day shift afterwards. And I still managed to come first in my class in grade eleven, and second in grade twelve!”

Meanwhile, Shanti returned to Makwanpur and worked as a cook. Two years later, at age fifteen, she got married. Married life is not what she expected it to be. Her husband’s family is very poor and at nineteen she already has two children. As Rekha told me, “she is not too happy.”

After graduation, Rekha enrolled herself in college and went through a training program to teach groups of girls about family planning and violence against women. She completed the program and a friend suggested she start volunteering for SGT in her spare time. Six months later, impressed with her work ethic and intelligence, we put her on staff. Rekha is now a college senior studying education and, along with two other staff members, she manages over 1,000 girls and young women from our field office in Makwanpur.

We are so proud to have Rekha on the SGT team!

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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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