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Kanchhi Maya Tamang

Human Trafficking Survivor,
3 Time Mt. Everest Summiteer

Founder, Save the Child Foundation Nepal

Background

Nepal, a small country in South Asia, is a developing country where there are many remote areas with very few facilities. After the earthquake in 2015, many people from those areas have been drawn backwards in terms of economic condition and other facilities like education, food and shelter and many more.

 

Sindhupalchowk district is one of them which were badly affected by the earthquake and many people are still living under the sheds and are not able to build their houses due to poor economic condition.

 

To help those people and to educate as well as to aware people of different risk factors, this project is being introduced which will help and work in educating children from very poor economic background as well as will run the campaign for social awareness of importance of sanitary pads for girls and women. As well as, it will work for stopping human trafficking through different training of self dependent and employment. And also through sports sector to show that girls are also equally capable as boys are.

Save the Child Nepal Youth Conference #savethechildnepal #savethechildfoundation
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Save the Child Nepal Youth Conference #savethechildnepal #savethechildfoundation

INTERVENTIONS such as these is exactly how you tackle the Trafficking / Pushing Girls into Prostitution - both due to lack of opportunities or forced... Not possible without a team effort and a vision and a deliberate mission .... DAY 4 ( Workshop with Badi Community ) AHA moments (celebration): - These were women that had either been forced to participate in sex work or were still involved in sex work due to necessity. - Women were adamant about how they wanted a better life for their children, different than the one they had lived. There was a unity in this thought and they were persistent to bring change for their children so that the children would never be forced into sex work. - They were inspired by how Sheetal and Taniya came from similar backgrounds as theirs and had turned around their life. It was living proof that hope had not been lost for their children. Challenges faced (mourning): - One of the participants who seemed around 14-16 years old danced to her heart's extent in the zumba session but then after it was over kept crying. While Taniya comforted her, it seemed like she was facing some sort of abuse at home. Her mother had left the home and she was living with her uncles and grandmom. Though she was not open to fully talking about her situation, she seemed tensed and in discomfort. - A woman in her mid-40s expressed her worries about her children whom she now had no contact with and doubted that they had been forced into sex work. We shared the feeling of helplessness as she cried. - A mother-daughter duo came up to us to ask if we would be able to financially support the daughter's education as she wanted to pursue nursing and the family did not have the resources. We did express how we could not answer that at the moment but would discuss it and get back to them. - There was a group of old women, mostly in their 60s, who had hearing problems or could not move around much and we felt that we had not designed a session that was friendly for them. A lot to be grateful for but this would not have been possible with out Neelima Reddy which will now transform 4 Girls lives and more importantly have created HOPE for so many more and INSPIRATION for the team actively engaged to bring the change. #Savethechildfoundation #savethechildnepal #ProjectBaala @connectdenfilms
#savethechildfoundation advocacy for Badi Community in Nepal #savethechildnepal #badicommunity
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#savethechildfoundation advocacy for Badi Community in Nepal #savethechildnepal #badicommunity

Menstruation Rally, Workshops , Memorandum for Badi Community ) On the first day of the conference, COMMIT Nepal welcomed us as guests and sponsors. Prakash Mani Sharma gave a welcome speech with the mention of the Supreme Court judgement on Badi community as a result of the writ filed by him and others. He also conducted a session on advocacy in the evening for the youths present. On the second day, we started with a menstrual hygiene rally which started from the premises of the Hotel with banners and placards on menstrual hygiene. The rally ended at B.P Chowk where different people spoke about menstrual hygiene and the importance of spreading awareness on it. Taniya was also one of the speakers. Then after our return to the session hall, the session was conducted. The zumba session saw the most energetic crowd of youths enjoying the dancing. Then we moved on to Sheetal and Taniya's story sharing through videos after which both of them spoke about their journeys. This was a part of COMMIT's itinerary scheduled as 'successful testimonials'. We then formed groups to discuss on their strengths, dreams, goals and challenges. On the third day, we started with a march to the Chief District Office, dressed in formals, where COMMIT submitted their list of demands for the welfare of Badi community. The demands were read out and positively acknowledged by the district officer with a promise to forward it to the Prime Minister's Office for quick response. Then we returned to the session hall and introduced the Baala Pads to the participants and distributed the pads. Later in the day, after the program had ended, we came back to introduce the menstrual cups to COMMIT Nepal's staff and distribute it to those willing to try it. #savethechildnepal #savethechildfoundation @connectdenfilms
Menstruation Day Rally in Nepal @Save the Child Foundation #savethechildnepal #badicommunity
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Menstruation Day Rally in Nepal @Save the Child Foundation #savethechildnepal #badicommunity

Day 5 ( Menstruation Rally, Workshops , Memorandum for Badi Community ) On the first day of the conference, COMMIT Nepal welcomed us as guests and sponsors. Prakash Mani Sharma gave a welcome speech with the mention of the Supreme Court judgement on Badi community as a result of the writ filed by him and others. He also conducted a session on advocacy in the evening for the youths present. On the second day, we started with a menstrual hygiene rally which started from the premises of the Hotel with banners and placards on menstrual hygiene. The rally ended at B.P Chowk where different people spoke about menstrual hygiene and the importance of spreading awareness on it. Taniya was also one of the speakers. Then after our return to the session hall, the session was conducted. The zumba session saw the most energetic crowd of youths enjoying the dancing. Then we moved on to Sheetal and Taniya's story sharing through videos after which both of them spoke about their journeys. This was a part of COMMIT's itinerary scheduled as 'successful testimonials'. We then formed groups to discuss on their strengths, dreams, goals and challenges. On the third day, we started with a march to the Chief District Office, dressed in formals, where COMMIT submitted their list of demands for the welfare of Badi community. The demands were read out and positively acknowledged by the district officer with a promise to forward it to the Prime Minister's Office for quick response. Then we returned to the session hall and introduced the Baala Pads to the participants and distributed the pads. Later in the day, after the program had ended, we came back to introduce the menstrual cups to COMMIT Nepal's staff and distribute it to those willing to try it. #savethechildnepal #savethechildfoundation @connectdenfilms
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