Girls Safe House #DayofTheGirl
When two vulnerable teenage girls were lured from their homes by child traffickers, their parents and guardians became scared for their future security. Although these two girls were fortunately rescued before being taken secretly across the Indian border, we knew we needed to get involved.
With the Indian border only 50 miles away and a ready market for these girls; it was important to arrange safe accommodation for them in a loving home environment where they would be secure but also able to gain an education and prospects for the future. Within this Christian home, the girls have a bedroom to share, enjoy good food and attend the local government school where they are doing very well in their studies. The girls help with household chores and are learning life skills like handling money, shopping and cooking meals.
At the safe house the girls are equipped with the knowledge needed to protect themselves. With our lasting support and the knowledge that they are loved, the girls are able to dream about what they might like to do when they have finished school and at this time have an interest in learning tailoring skills. Almost all traditional clothes are still handmade in Nepal so there is always a place for a skilled seamstress.
Ultimately we would like to see these girls feel safe within their own community but attitudes towards early and forced marriage, and the risk from traffickers, have led families to seek help to safeguard their daughters.
Stand by Me are supporting these girls in the Safe House as part of our ongoing work in the remote mountain community.