Tucked away in the valley of Kathmandu, Maiti Nepal is a sanctuary for women and girls who have experienced the dark world of trafficking. It is in this safe space where survivors can slowly heal, both physically and mentally. Operating off their four main categories of action, Maiti Nepal also makes a large impact in the community through their strategic planning: Prevention, Advocacy, Rescue and Rehabilitation.
Durbar Square, Kathmandu - Destroyed in the Earthquake
Prevention begins with communities, where prevention homes are operated and discussions about sex trafficking are freely encouraged in order to educate residents. Programs promoting women’s empowerment and giving them opportunities to learn how to be fiscally and vocationally independent are also important. These initiatives are similar to the Advocacy pillar of Maiti Nepal’s mission, where orientations, trainings and the process of bonding and networking between different human rights groups are essential in the strong promotion and spreading of knowledge.
Rescue is as it sounds- cases where Maiti Nepal goes out in the field to withdraw trafficked girls and women from dangerous situations. Rehabilitation, then, is where the peaceful hospices come in and provide medical and crisis counseling, assistance in filing legal charges against offenders, and more education on life skills and gaining eventual employment.
Since their formation in 1993 by teachers, journalists and social workers, Maiti Nepal has received 13,495 applications regarding missing girls; through hard work and determination, they have successfully found 5,124 of those reported. They’ve intercepted 30,000 girls from potential trafficking scenarios at the Nepal-India and Nepal-China borders, have assisted in convicting 1,200 traffickers, and have helped 18,000 others in the pursuing of legal services.
Maiti Nepal is an invaluable non-profit that has provided endless services to hundreds and thousands of women and girls. It is these types of strong partnerships with other institutions, ones that share the same values and overarching mission as My Sister, that make the fight against sex trafficking even more achievable. Human rights violations know no borders; regardless of global location or national identities, sex trafficking is wrong. Together, we can make an impact.