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The pro filia projects 2014

 

Project 1: Information campaigns

Results 2014 in the catchment areas of Pashupatinagar, Bhairahawa and Itahari:

  • 300 personal door-to-door discussions in order to convince parents by intensive contacts of the dangers for their daughters to become victims of girl traffickers
  • Information of approx. 700 villagers on the subject of girl trafficking and ways of protection. Particularly successful here are street theatre performances, dance, songs and distribution of information material on the subject. The events are held frequently on market days in the villages visited.
  • Training of a total of 161 police officers
  • Education events for teachers and 238 students
  • Training of 42 members of the support networks established to date as regards the dangers of girls trafficking and safe emigration before beginning employment abroad
  • 5-days of further education for 14 women who carry out these trainings and campaigns, in accordance with the ToT program (= training of trainers)
  • Campaigns on the International Women´s Day: on 8.3.2014, 104 representatives of four Ilam districts met at the shelter home to discuss women´s rights, violence against women and trafficking of girls and possibilities of assistance. The Itahari rehabilitation centre organized a campaign on the subject with the participation of 400 people.
  • Campaigns on the Day against Human Trafficking: the Pashupatinagar shelter house and rehabilitation home each carried out a workshop on the subject with a total of 144 participants and distributed information material. In addition, a rally was held in Itahari with a total of approx. 650 participants.
  • Campaigns on the International Day of Human Rights: on December 10, the rehabilitation home organized a rally with a total of approx. 600 participants. On the same day, also a workshop was held on the subject with 65 participants from organizations working in this field.
  • A 16-days signature campaign on violence against women: a total of 1200 signatures was collected. Also a campaign on the subject with 150 participants was carried out.
  • An essay competition on the subject of "Possibilities and Responsibilities of Students to Prevent Human Trafficking": a rehabilitation home was organized. 28 students from 7 schools participated in it.
  • Meeting of a total of 126 representatives of Indian and Nepalese non-government organisations in the Ilam district in order to coordinate cross-border actions as regards the protection against girls trafficking and safe border crossing when commencing work abroad.
  • In addition to the actions described above, a systematic information program on girls trafficking and possibilities of assistance taking into account village authorities and local institutions was carried out in eight villages in the Bhairahawa region. The methods included personal door-to-door discussions, street theatre, demonstrations and distribution of information material. These campaigns met with a lot of response and were talk of the town and/or village for quite some time. Because of its success, this program shall be extended as soon as funding has become available.

 

Project 2: Border guards

Results 2014:

  • In 2014 in Pashupatinagar alone, overall 1,294 girls and/or young women were provided with information about the dangers of enslavement through individual conversations directly at the cross-over checkpoints into India. In addition, 20,000 cars, lorries and rickshaws were inspected.
  • 368 girls/young women could be convinced at the border that their trip into India can become extremely dangerous for them. They returned home or were transferred to the shelter home.
  • 926 girls/young women emigrating were provided information on the dangers of trafficking in India directly at the border crossing and about ways of protection.
  • Overall pro filia provided funds for the salaries of 20 border guards also in 2014. Each of them intervened with about 50 girls crossing into India, and placing each girl in a shelter. The border guards financed by pro filia, therefore, saved about 1000 girls/women from being sold into brothels, giving each one a real chance of an autonomous life.

 

Project 3: The Pashupatinagar Transit home

Results 2014:

  • The Transit home in Pashupatinagar provides shelter for 20 girls / young women at a time who sometimes stay for a short period only, sometimes for longer periods, just as needed. The parents are contacted if it is the girls´ wish. In family discussions, it is clarified whether the girl wishes to go home.
  • In 2014 the Transit home succeeded in preventing 456 girls and women from getting trafficked by intercepting them at the border.
  • Unfortunately, just one young woman was rescued from sexual slavery in Indian brothels in 2014 and returned to the Transit home in Pashupatinagar.
  • The Transit home is also the central local contact point concerning violence against young women and girls:  In 2014 there were 33 missing girls in Pashupatinagar, of whom MAITI  found (and returned home) 14.
  • In addition, 25 girls fled domestic violence to our shelter house.
  • In 2014 the Pashupatinagar Transit home organised a five-day training on mushroom farming for 60 single women from several villages to provide them a proper income and thus to protect them against the danger of enslavement.

 

Project 4: Rehabilitation centre Itahari

Results 2014:

  • In 2014, 32 saved girls/young women were cared for in the Rehabilitation home. They start to learn how to read, write and calculate and receive a lot of information on their future daily life, such as protection against HIV, risks of early marriage, birth control, women´s rights, support possibilities and protection against human trafficking.
  • 27 girls/young women concluded the vocational training, 15 of them continued their education in a MAITI home in Kathmandu.
  • Their age was from 13 to 24 years.
  • If a girl wishes, MAITI offers mediation services – e.g. between parents and daughter. In 2014, mediation was provided in 37 cases - a total of 17 girls returned home to their families at their own request.
  • In case of criminal activities such as rape, girls trafficking, etc., charges are filed.

 

Project 5:  Mushroom farm

  • The mushroom farm serves as a homestead for saved young women who are broken mentally and physically due to the traumas suffered. If necessary, they are supported for the rest of their lives. Four saved young girls at a time live here. pro filia took over two-year start-up funding for the farm. According to MAITI, it is planned that the farm will pay for itself from revenues produced from 2015 on.

 

Project 6: The IT project

  • pro filia has funded IT training for 40 girls per year.
  • pro filia funded the expenses for five typing offices and thus created jobs for 10 saved and IT trained young women.