As 2010 draws to a close, we have an incredible opportunity to support FTS and our Nepali partners, where you can double your impact! Our work in Nepal helps women and girls out of sex slavery, domestic servitude, and agricultural slavery.
Right now, every gift made to our Nepal program between now and December 31st, 2010 will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous foundation up to $50,000. Which means, if you donate $100 dollars, $200 will go towards combating slavery in Nepal.
Since 2007, FTS and our partners in Nepal have helped women and girls gain freedom from slavery and rebuild their lives while also addressing root causes that allow slavery to flourish, such as poverty and legal impunity. FTS focuses on developing on-the-ground strategies through which communities can rid themselves of the traffickers. We then use what we have learned to help improve anti-trafficking policies.
What has been our impact? We have piloted and documented ways to eliminate slavery in cabin restaurants and massage parlors in Kathmandu, as well as in private homes and farms. We have assisted in securing legal aid for survivors, and helped them achieve economic stability through access to education and income generating projects. We help secure funding and support for micro-enterprises, so survivors can become economically self sufficient—and never have to fall prey to traffickers again.
We have protected girls from sexual slavery by educating vulnerable communities to guard against traffickers. One of our partners, the Freed Kamaiya Women Development Forum has founded seven women’s groups through which 162 previously enslaved girls initiate rescues and educate adults to reject slavery in their community.
Working with our local partners, Free the Slaves has helped ensure that the Nepali government adopt better anti-trafficking regulations, and comply with the UN Protocol against trafficking.
We have had countless victories in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery in Nepal. But there is still much work to be done. Your donations will help us continue to do our work.
There are only a few weeks left to have your donation matched. Join us today to make slavery history. Donate today by clicking on the icon below, and selecting “Nepal Matching Fund” when prompted.
To learn more about Free the Slaves’ work in Nepal, watch “Turning the Tide: Fighting Slavery in Nepal” after the jump!