Nepal Youth Opportunity Foundation: Saving girls one piglet at a time
The innovative Indentured Daughters Program rescues girls who were sold into virtual slavery. For only $100, the Nepal Youth Foundation gives each family a piglet or goat as compensation for the girl’s wages and enables her to go to school, probably for the first time in her life.
They also provide vocational training and leadership training to build the girls’ confidence and empower them to be self-sufficient and successful. Under NYF’s guidance, many formerly enslaved girls have formed cooperatives which they use to create income generation projects and other financial opportunities.
Former bonded servants have established an NGO, with assistance and guidance from NYF, to support rescued girls and end the horrific tradition of enslaving girls in Nepal. The NGO is now working in every district where the bonding tradition is endemic.
The vast majority of the enslaved girls are now free and we expect to eradicate the bonding custom within a couple years.
In western Nepal, many indigenous families from the Tharu ethnic group subsist as farm laborers. Unable to make ends meet, they have been forced into a desperate trade – selling their daughters to work far from home as bonded servants in private homes or as dishwashers in tea houses. Some of these children are as young as six.
Alone and far from home, these “indentured daughters” have no knowledge of the ways of city people or of other cultures, and most speak only the local dialect. Their living conditions are entirely at the discretion of their employers. The bonded girls seldom attend school and have no prospects for a decent future. Some are ultimately forced into prostitution.
Working closely with local communities, the Nepal Youth Foundation and its founder, Olga Murray, provide a creative, humane alternative for these families, helping them keep their daughters at home and putting the girls in school.
GOAL: We’ve met our goal but if you’d like to continue to donate or find out more about the other effective programs by NYF please visit: The Nepal Youth Foundation http://www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/