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Liberate Girls from Indentured Servitude

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Give vulnerable girls in western Nepal the chance for an education and a future instead of a life of indentured service.

In the Dang District in western Nepal, indigenous families subsisting as farm laborers were forced into a desperate trade -- selling their daughters to work far from home as bonded servants in private homes or as dishwashers in tea houses. Some of these children are as young as six. Alone and far from home, these indentured daughters' living conditions are entirely at the discretion of their employers. The bonded girls seldom attended school and had no prospects for a decent future. Some were ultimately forced into prostitution.

Working closely with local communities, Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) provided an alternative for these families, compensating the families for their daughters' lost wages and supporting the girls as they attend school. By 2012, due to this program, not a single girl from Deukhuri Valley of the Dang District was indentured.

There are thousands more daughters to be saved. NYF estimates that 20,000 to 25,000 young girls are victims of this terrible practice in five western districts. By following the model that succeeded so well in the Dang District, NYF hopes to achieve its ambitious goal, which is nothing less than the complete eradication of the custom of bonding children in Nepal.

While it takes only $50 to rescue a girl from virtual slavery, bring her home to live with her family, pay her school expenses for six months, and compensate her parents for her lost wages, NYF is in the heartbreaking position of having to turn away girls who want to enroll in the program simply because its budget will not stretch far enough.

Give a girl a new life. Support a rescued daughter for six months ($50), a year ($100), or for six whole years ($350), taking her through 10th grade and the start of an independent life. Your donation covers her school uniforms, books, school fees, and a kerosene lamp and kerosene -- highly valuable items in a region lacking electricity.


The Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF) is a U.S.-based nonprofit that brings hope to impoverished Nepali children by providing what should be every child's birthright -- education, housing, medical care, and loving support.


Report from the Field

Between July 2010 and June 2011, and thanks in part to caring donations made here, 842 girls were rescued as part of the Indentured Daughters Program, 498 of whom needed intensive literacy classes to ready them for entering school. In addition, 540 previously rescued girls completed vocational training, and another 219 girls passed their School Leaving Certificate examination. Another encouraging result is that 93% of the girls in grades one through nine passed their end of year examinations and were promoted to the next grade level.

Almost as important as the rescue of the children is the vigorous awareness campaign to turn the community against the pernicious practice of child bonding. NYF's greatest allies are the returned girls themselves. They have organized themselves into clubs that actively discourage parents from selling their daughters. They have written street plays that describe their suffering while they were bonded laborers, and perform them in the villages. In the Deukhuri Valley of the Dang District, whereas in prior years hundreds of girls were sent off at Maghe, to NYF's knowledge, not a single girl went off to work last year.


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