We are offering girls and women, now freed from domestic slavery, a new life through vocational training. We train these girls in relevant and marketable trades and help them start their own business or gain employment, leading to social and economic independence for the first time in their lives. Without our help these girls face being marginalised and caught in a cycle of poverty in one of the world's poorest countries.
Nepal Youth Foundation has been pivotal in ending the practice of Kamalari, the system in which girls from desperately poor families were sold into domestic slavery. There are many Freed Kamalaris (FKs),who are now not in school and are seeking some form of skills training and income generation opportunities. Most are not in school because they were unable to pass their exams either due to early marriage or a poor early educational base, as many never attended school during their time as slaves
We predominately focus on providing short intensive vocational training courses, for an average period of 1-3 months. This ensures FKs can find work or start a business and access income as quickly as possible, maximising return on investment. We offer the girls 360 support & open up the greatest number of possibilities to them, giving them not only career orientation, residential and non-residential training in the most relevant location, but also employment advice & help securing a job.
This project has been proven to lift these girls out of poverty and give them, and their families (who are from one of the poorest communities in Nepal), economic independence. We can help over 20 girls lead a more dignified, empowered life. After training there is greater access to employment & employment opportunities for graduates & graduate salaries have increased: The average annual income increased nearly fourfold after training. Our project has a 98% success rate.