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pro filia outcomes and results 2017


Project 1: Awareness campaigns and establishment of aid networks

Results in 2017 in the catchment areas of Pashupatinagar, Bhairahawa and Itahari:

  • With door-to-door information campaigns, street theater and informational events about sex trafficking (and ways to get help), about 3.000 persons could be reached on market days in many villages.
  • Approximately 2.100 key person such as policemen and  -  women, teachers, government representatives, hotel employees and bus drivers were trained regarding the issue of sex trafficking and possibilities to help. 
  • 152 pupils and students were made aware of the issue of sex trafficking and informed about aid networks and possibilities to protect themselves.
  • 80 households in Itahari were informed about sex trafficking and how to get help.

Project 2: Border guards

Results in 2017:

The 35 border guards, financed bay pro filia, are surveying eight crossings to India. Each of them conveys an average annual number of 50 girls straight from the Indian border to a MAITI Transit home. Thus through these jobs, an approximate annual number of 1,750 girls can be prevented from being sold to a brothel every year.

Project 3: Pashupatinagar Transit home

Results in 2017: 

  • 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.
  • In 2017, the transit home successfully intervened in the cases of a total of 533 young women/ girls – the youngest of which nine years of age – thus preventing them from being sold: 
    • 342 girls arrived straight from the border where they could be stopped literally at the last minute and thus prevented from being sold
    • 191 returned to their homes directly after being informed right at the border about the risk of being enslaved
  • 18 girls returned from India out of situations where they were sexually exploited or abused, e.g. as enslaved maids. 
  • The transit home also serves as a primary contact in other cases of violence against girls/young women: 16 girls came out of situations of domestic violence. In discussions with all parties involved, solutions could be found more often than not.
  • Three girls were accommodated after being raped – the offenders were reported.
  • In 2017 the transit home carried out a search of 36 girls reported missing, 10 of which were found by MAITI and could be brought back home. 

Project 4: The Itahari Rehabilitation home

Results in 2017: 

  • In 2017, 42 saved girls/young women were taken care of in the rehabilitation home. They start learning how to read, write and calculate and are taken through professional trainings. They also receive a lot of information about their future daily life, such as HIV prevention, dangers of early marriage, contraception, women’s rights, support possibilities and protection against sex trafficking. The girls in care of the rehabilitation home were between 17 and 29 years of age.  
  • 35 of the 42 girls/young women completed their professional training
  • A girl freed from an Indian brothel was taken care of
  • 10 out of 39 girls reported missing could be found. 
  • Criminal actions such as rape, sex trafficking etc. were reported to the police.

Project 5: Educational offers

Results in 2017:

  • An annual average of 35 – 40 saved young girls and women are trained to be seamstresses, cooks, agriculturists, mushroom farmers.
  • 30 young women could receive PC training in 2017.
  • 15 girls/young women who started computer hardware repair training in December 2016 completing the education in 2017. 
  • In 2016 pro filia also transferred the money to start a training for 20 young girls/women to become beekeepers. The project started in December 2016 and was finished in 2017. In August 2017 further 20 girls/young women started apiculture training.
  • In 2017 we paid the drivers licenses for motorbike rickshaws for 10 young women and drivers licences for cars for further 10 young women.

Project 6: The creation of jobs

Results in 2017
  • By the end of 2017, already 8 typing offices could be set up. 
  • By now, tailor shops have been installed at ten locations. 
  • Also in 2017 pro filia transferred the funds for start-up financing to support a total of 36 women with the start of their own small business.