For a former servant
Thousands of families in rural Nepal have been forced to sell their daughters, some as young as six, to work in faraway cities as bonded servants. The situation is tailor-made for abuse. Many of the girls never return home, some of them forced into prostitution. Very few of the girls attend school. The fathers receive an average of $50 a year for their daughters’ services, and the girls get nothing. The families don’t want to sell their daughters, but they can’t do without the income.
This gift will support a girl in Nepal who has been rescued from a childhood spent in virtual slavery as a servant in a house or a dishwasher in a tea shop, far from home. In addition to protecting her human rights, your gift will enable her to attend school for one year, possibly for the first time in her life. It will pay for her school uniform, school fees, books, and a kerosene lamp with kerosene so she can study at night. (Most families in rural Nepal live without electricity.) These girls are usually the first females in their families to receive an education! This program also has a micro-lending component, which instructs the mothers on starting their own businesses. Thousands of girls, newly freed and empowered, now attend school under the auspices of the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF). There are thousands more who need to be rescued.