A Little Goes a Long Way
Thanks to the support of the GO Community, we were able to support the efforts of General Welfare Pratisthan (GWP), an organization committed to combating the sex trafficking of girls in Nepal through education, skills training and small business support. GO funds were used to:
- Train 46 peer educators who are responsible for conducting outreach program for girls in the local communities
- Train 100 girls in vocational skills
- Provide 27 micro-business loans to the girls’ empowerment groups which allowed more than 250 girls to run their own businesses
- Start 2 sessions of non-formal education (NFE) classes with a total of 40 girls (20 students in each session) participating. All students were illiterate but now they can read and write in their Nepali language.
In addition, GWP staff visited with 6,056 community members that included 82 female sex workers, 2,504 marginalized girls, and 477 youth. During these meetings, GWP staff disseminated information on combating trafficking and HIV/AIDS prevention. GWP also conducted 14 street dramas on girl trafficking and HIV/AIDS; approximately 2,250 people observed the street dramas over the course of the year.
Thanks to your support, girls who would otherwise live in fear of being trafficked are now flourishing into contributing adults and agents of change in their community.
“I am a member of a community based organization. I was illiterate and used to stamp for signature in the every meeting. NFE Teacher helped and insisted me to join the NFE class in Bhorle so I joined the class. I regular attended the class for six month. Now I can read and write simple Nepali language easily as well I can calculate simple math or domestic math easily. Now I can write my name during the meeting.” — A student of NFE class from Bhorle
“My own daughter was trafficked 3 years ago. I was able to bring her back home. Now I think if GWP started this type of awareness program 3 years ago in our community, my daughter would not be trafficked.” — Community Member visited by outreach team