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pro filia outcomes and results 2015

 

Project 1: Awareness campaigns and establishment of aid networks

Results 2015 in the catchment areas of Pashupatinagar, Bhairahawa and Itahari

  • With door-to-door information campaigns, more than 8,000 people could be made aware about the dangers of sex trafficking and about ways to help.
  • On market days, street theater performances about sex trafficking were shown in 16 villages. Along with the distribution of information material, this method proved to be particularly successful.
  • Further 4 village communities were provided with information about our issue via lectures and discussion groups.
  • Two-day trainings held for 50 policewomen on the issue of sex trafficking: warning signals, trade routes and aid options.
  • 30 women were trained in subjects as womens‘ rights, sex trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and aid options. Back in their villages they started awareness campaigns and distributed information material.
  • Teachers and students were made aware about the risks in 3 schools
  • With an information desk, the transit home created awareness about violence against women and aid options during a 16 days’ action.
  • Awareness campaigns and demonstrations for girls’ rights took place in many locations along with the distribution of information material and educational posters.
  • The 32 women who conduct trainings and campaigns according to the ToT-program (= training of trainers) received a five days‘ training.
  • An information event about sex trafficking was organized for 40 employees in the hotel and logistics business.
  • Also in 2015, regular meetings between transit home staff, politicians, police, authority representatives, local dignitaries and NGOs took place to inform about sex trafficking and to further extend aid networking.
  • On international Women’s day, 104 representatives from four Ilam districts discussed about womens’ rights, violence against women, sex trafficking and aid options.
  • Additionally, actions were conducted on the occasions of Anti-Trafficking Day, Human Rights Day, International Women’s day and World Aids day.
  • Three cross-border network meetings were held in 2015 on the issue of sex trafficking with a total of 186 representative of Indian aid organization and the police participating.
Project 2: Border guards

Results 2015

The 25 border guards serve at 8 border crossings to India. Every border guard conveys an average annual number of 50 girls to a MAITI Transit home straight from the Indian border. Thus through the 25 jobs actually financed at this time, an approximate number of 1,250 girls can be prevented from being sold to a brothel every year.

To give an insight into the border guards‘ work, the performance achieved in 2015 at the Pashupatinagar border crossing is listed below:

In Pashupatinagar, 4 border observers spoke to a total of 1,333 girls/young women personally, making them aware of the dangers.

  • Passengers of approximately 13,000 cars, vans and rikschaws were controlled.
  • 518 girls/young women could be convinced right at the border that their journey to India can turn out to be extremely dangerous to them. They returned home or were conveyed to the transit home. 

Project 3: The Transit home Pashupatinagar

Results 2015

  • The Pashupatinagar transit home offers shelter for 20 girls/young women at a time whose length of stay varies according to their individual requirements. Parents are contacted if the girls wish so. A family discussion is held to clarify if a girl can return home or is transferred e.g. to a rehabilitation center.
  • The transit home intervened in the cases of 518 girls/young women in 2015 thus saving them from being sold. 121 out of these 518 girls and young women could return to their families.
  • The transit home also is the area’s central contact point in case of other forms of violence against girls/young women: 17 girls sought shelter from domestic violence here in 2015.
  • Four cases of rape were brought to court in 2015, two trials ended with prison sentences of 5 and 8 years respectively given to the offenders
  • 17 girls were reported missing in Pashupatinagar in 2015, 6 of them could be found by MAITI and were returned home.
  • In 2015 the Pashupatinagar transit home organized a five-day training on mushroom farming for 44 single women from several villages to provide them an income of their own thus protecting them against the danger of being enslaved.

 

Project 4: The Rehabilitation center Itahari

Results 2015

  • In 2015, 37 rescued girls/young women were taken care of in the rehabilitation centre. They start to learn how to read, write and calculate and are provided with much helpful information regarding their future everyday life, e.g. protection against HIV, risks of early marriage, birth control, womens’ rights and protection against human trafficking.
  • 25 girls/young women concluded their career training, 3 continued their education in a MAITI home in Kathmandu.
  • These girls/women were aged between 15 and 27.
  • 10 girls returned to their families at their own request. In the Sunsari district where Itahari is located, this is accompanied by home visits.
  • Criminal acts such as rape, sex trafficking etc. are reported to the police.

Project 5: Mushroom farm

Results 2015

The mushroom farm serves as home for rescued young women that due to the severe traumatisation they experienced are psychically or physically broken. If necessary they can be taken care of there as long as they live. 4 – 5 saved young girls live here at the same time. pro filia provided the farm’s two years’ start-up funding. According to MAITI, the farm has been self-sustaining since 2015 through the sale of mushrooms.

Project 6: The Computer Project

Results 2015

Despite all the disasters, in 2015 too fourty young women were trained on computer.