What if you faced severe discrimination every day of your life, from before your earliest memory? Born into extreme poverty, you are denied education and health services. You know it is possible that your parents may arrange your marriage in order to make ends meet. Or, lacking opportunities, they may migrate to urban areas for work.
Unsure of your rights and labor laws, you can become easy prey for traffickers. Poverty-stricken girls are often used as forced domestic help at home and abroad, or kidnapped and trafficked across borders to work in factories and sweatshops.
Many girls have never had the opportunity or know they had the right to speak out against injustice. You are a girl in Nepal—your fate is uncertain, your potential unrealized.
Trafficking of children is one of the most horrific violations of human rights. An estimated 11,000 girls are trafficked every year from Nepal to India and other countries. Three districts that lie close to the border of India—Banke, Sunsari, and Rautahat—are especially vulnerable, but donor support has already helped reach more than 15,000 at-risk girls there.
Plan International USA’s Action Against Child Trafficking (AACT) project targets high-risk, heavy-transit areas in the border region between Nepal and India. With donor support, we have implemented border monitoring projects and educated families and community members about the risks and realities of trafficking. You can help us create and strengthen community protection groups, as well as promote government leadership and accountability.
By supporting AACT, you can help children and youth in three important ways:
- First, you assist trafficking survivors by funding much-needed rehabilitation centers. There, children, youth, and women can heal and successfully transition back into their communities.
- You also help educate more girls and boys to counteract harmful gender norms that leave them vulnerable. By funding essential AACT life-skills trainings, you help build girls’ self-esteem, improve their decision-making capabilities, raise awareness about their rights and accountability mechanisms, and build financial literacy skills to ensure a stable future for themselves and their families.
- Lastly, you help girls reintegrate into school life if they have dropped out, learn about reproductive health, and receive vocational training. This helps enhance their learning and earning potential to reduce the need for trafficking in the first place.
Together, we can help more vulnerable girls avoid lives of exploitation and violence. Instead, they can realize their rights and their great potential to not only survive, but thrive.