We would like to share a new video of an actual Human Trafficking Awareness Program featuring Garima Nepal’s President, Devi Nepali. Here we see Devi doing what she is most passionate about--interacting with at-risk girls, and villagers, as she describes the risks at a recent awareness program in Sindhupalchok, Nepal, outside Kathmandu. We are also getting ready for the reopening of the Garden of Nepal jewelry bazaar, a great way to support the cause as Valentine’s Day approaches
The video can be found at https://vimeo.com/252906077 where we find Devi in a Tamang village after a several hour four-wheel-drive trek through the foothills of the Himalayas, where many of the world’s largest mountains are ubiquitous in the background. We meet Bimala, a young girl who does not know her age, and who is not going to school. We also see other children at their chores and running to fetch water, a half hour ritual that entails going down the hill with containers to bring back the H2O as there is no running water nearby.
As we go on we are taken on a tour of the village to a brand-new church where the presentation will take place. But first we visit the old sanctuary to get an idea of what the new facility just replaced. This program is done cooperatively with Golgotha Church in Kathmandu (Anglican) and the new sanctuary is part of the growing Christian community. Finally, we meet Bimala’s older sister, who is even more at-risk as she is older and also not attending school. We hear their story through Devi and find it all a bit hard to believe--that children, especially girls, are not going to school, and are often abandoned to their grandparents or other family members, making them both poorly educated and impoverished and therefore easy prey for human traffickers. See for yourself the situation in this three and half minute excerpt from TheoEco’s documentary: The Flourishing Kathmandu Church.
Garima Nepal is looking to significantly expand its activities in 2018 to increase its Human Trafficking Awareness Programs and its Children’s Education Fund for at-risk children in and around the Kathmandu Valley. This includes multi-media presentations in far-flung villages where education is often non-existent for young girls (and boys), a root cause of human trafficking. TheoEco is heavily involved with the awareness programs, sponsoring presentations inside and outside the Kathmandu Valley where more than a dozen such programs are planned in 2018.
So, as we approach the end of this year’s Human Trafficking Prevention Month take a look at Garima Nepal’s new website: GarimaNepal.org. Here you can find links to donate directly to Garima Nepal via your contributions through TheoEco, a 501(c)(3) organization. You’ll be helping Garima Nepal and TheoEco, which passes 100% of all donations directly to our partners in Nepal.
And get ready for the grand reopening of Garden of Nepal’s jewelry bazaar which will launch this coming Tuesday, a full two weeks in advance of February 14th with great promotions deals for your special someone.