Project #27 | Child and Family Protection in Nepal
Our Partnership with Next Generation Nepal
Over 85% of children living in “orphanages” in Nepal have living parents. Orphanage trafficking began during Nepal’s 10-year civil conflict (1996-2006) during which children who were displaced from their families were placed by traffickers in exploitative institutional care, and mushroomed again after the 2015 earthquake. Traffickers take advantage of the aspirations of rural families who want their children to have a good education by promising parents that their children will be well cared for. For-profit orphanages are a lucrative business model, financially supported by well-intentioned foreign volunteers and donors who are touched by the tragic stories that the traffickers tell about the children. Rural families need to understand the manipulative tactics that traffickers use to lure children into exploitative situations.
We’re partnering with Next Generation Nepal to stop child trafficking before it starts. The Child and Family Protection Project prevents family separation and child trafficking by raising awareness among families, local government and protection committees in Nepal’s Kalikot District. Awareness campaigns include radio ads, posters, community meetings and street dramas. These campaigns help families and children to understand the manipulative tactics of traffickers and how they can avoid becoming victims. In addition, street dramas convey messaging in ways that are compelling and culturally relevant. All campaigns are run in collaboration with and by request of local governments in areas considered high-risk for trafficking due to rugged terrain and isolation.
PEOPLE WILL GAIN AWARENESS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING VIA RADIO
STREET DRAMAS WILL BE PERFORMED TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT TRAFFICKING
COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN AWARENESS MEETINGS
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our maternal & child health fund.