celebrating moments in shelter
Raksha Nepal (RN), has been dealing with issues of girls and women working in the dance bars, massage parlors and cabin restaurants for the past nine years. It’s significant working experience in the field has enhanced the organizational capacity to work more effectively with targeted groups as well as with other stakeholders. The ultimate goal of this project would be to create decent working environment by enhancing the capacity of young girls and women in so called entertainment sectors and make free from risk of exploitation and trafficking.
Once the target groups are capacitated with knowledge on their rights and roles, aware of legal aspects they will be able to form an association of their own. This Union ultimately will be acting as an advocate for workers in the entertainment sectors. To reach to its goal, RN has to follow several steps in parallel with the programs mentioned below.
Regular Activities with the target groups
As in the past, this quarter aslo Raksha Nepal conducted counseling program for 85 girls and women working in the entertainment sector.
In the next quarter, Raksha Nepal plans to hold more group counseling programs in the 20 groups formed during the past program, so that these groups are motivated to remain in the group activities.
Raksha Nepal has been supporting the victims of rape, domestic violence and sexually exploited as well as victims of polygamy. those who are unable to fight legal battle are supported by this organization through providing lawyers to look into their respective cases.
In this quarter, 5 domestic violence victims were supported.
Raksha Nepal is also regularly conducting awareness programs on human and women rights in its target groups.
Raksha Nepal has been conducting one hour per week radio program through the local FM station. Most of the episodes focus on the experience sharing by the target group individuals or experts from different walks of life are also invited as interviewee. This program is heard not only in Kathmandu but also 5 other districts connected with it.
In the last quarter, it aired 12 episodes, where 10 women from the groups shared their experience on the struggles. One international and one national volunteers shared their experience in Raksha Nepal.
As this program has good impact which is evident in the volume of victim women visiting Raksha Nepal, this will be continued for another year.
Saving and Credit Cooperative:
This cooperative has been established with the membership of the target groups to support the them by micro saving and credit. Raksha Nepal's all 20 group members are saving their small portion of the income regularly.
In this quarter, 6 women received loan in minimal interest to establish their own small business or expand their existing business. All these women had received skill development training from Raksha Nepal.
Under this support, Raksha Nepal has been supporting victims of rape, domestic and sexual violence with rescue, shelter and legal battle.
In this quarter, it facilitated to release 33 girls and women who had been in the police custody with this and that charges. All of these women were brought to Raksha Nepal and were oriented to be aware of rules and regularions on their profession.
Raskha Nepal in coordination with different organizations has been supporting women to build their capacity. In the last quarter, 18 women received different training on bakery, handicraft making, cafeteria managing.
Raksha Nepal is planning to provide training to 25 women on sewing cutting, cookery and beauty parlor.
Greetings from Raksha Nepal Team
We would like to thank you all and would like to share our organizational activities in summarised version. We have been conducting various activities through different wings. We are very excited to share you with the same, for the women and girls for awareness raising program and capacity building program.
We still are struggling to include other women and girls who are at risk in this sector, so we would like to humbly request to you to please support us, as we want to conduct more capacity building trainings for the needy girls and women.
We hope you all will support us as in the past.
Thank you very much for your kind support.
Girls having fun in shelter
International Volunteer with the Girls
Project Leader with children....