Keeping children safe from traffickers
In the child trafficking-prone district of Makwanpur in Nepal, 370 classrooms were destroyed in this year's devastating earthquakes. This project will rebuild 7 of these classrooms, allowing children to return to school quickly and keep them safe from being trafficked across the border into India.l
December 2015 - December 2016
Child Rescue Nepal
Poverty, and the lack of alternative ways of making a living, mean that families in Makwanpur District in Nepal are particularly vulnerable to the lure of traffickers who promise children an education, work and a brighter future when the reality is exploitation and abuse. Being in school helps protect children from trafficking but the recent earthquake destroyed so many schools and classrooms that children are being left more vulnerable to trafficking and in addition without an education.
One of the best protective factors against child trafficking is education. Rebuilding schools mean that children can return to learning quickly and are therefore less likely to be trafficked. In addition the children are learning the basic skills they need to earn a living and negotiate their way in the modern world. A parallel community campaign to highlight the benefits of an education and the dangers of trafficking will help encourage other families to send their children to school.
To rebuild 7 collapsed schools.
Activities» Negotiate with the village development committees in the 7 villages to create a special school committee charged with organising the rebuilding.
» Agree needs with committee and provide building and roofing materials.
» Agree with community what they will supply for the new buildings, eg the construction of furniture.
Success will be getting each of the 7 communities to manage the rebuilding process for the schools and classrooms and to contribute in-kind to the project.
To educate the community about the benefits of education and the dangers of trafficking.
Activities» Work with community leaders in the 7 villages to form anti-trafficking committees.
» Arrange via village development committees, activities such as public meetings and debates, dramas, radio advertisements, posters and 1:1 contact.
Success will be reducing school drop out rates by 20%.
The project will result in children being better equipped to earn a living in the modern world. Their families will be better equipped to protect their children against trafficking. We will demonstrate the success of this project by recording the number of children attending school and the changes in attitude towards trafficking and education. Success will be a 30% increase in consistent school attendance and the formation of anti-trafficking committees in each village.
There is a risk that traffickers could take advantage of the post-earthquake situation to increase their activity. We have dealt with this by increasing our own anti-trafficking activity, including the formation of anti-trafficking committees in the villages. There is also a risk that villagers may not wish to support the rebuilding of schools. We are tackling this by working with the existing village structures to gather community support for education.
Donors to this project will receive a regular email report on the project detailing the progress of the project, including details of the people who have benefited from it and a twice yearly paper mailing. There are three events a year where donors can meet staff.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £34,000 Reconstruction Building materials for reconstruction of 7 schools and 20 classrooms. £2,000 Furniture Materials for tables, benches etc. £2,000 Awareness raising Delivery of publicity campaigns in 7 villages. £2,000 Staff support Staff time to co-ordinate the project, travel etc
Makwanpur has a lethal combination of poverty, natural disaster and trafficking. It is predominantly rural, with a significantly higher number of malnourished children than the rest of Nepal and low adult literacy rates. The poverty of the people who live there, combined with its close proximity to the border, means that child trafficking is a problem. The recent earthquakes, have meant that people already living in poverty have lost what little they had.
Children will benefit by being kept safe from trafficking. They will also benefit from an education, which will equip them for future employment. Parents will benefit by knowing that their children have a better, more secure future. Communities will benefit by having children growing up who have better prospects and are better equipped to deal with the modern world.
We are a Nepali-led organization. Over the last 10 years we have rescued over 600 children who had been trafficked to India. The vast majority we returned to their homes in Makwanpur district. We know that attending school helps keep children safe from traffickers, so we have worked in 54 villages to improve school attendance for over 30,000 children. We already have good relations with the district and local authorities as well as communities.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Dhurba is our education manager and speaks one of the local dialects. He led the first relief convoys to remote villages after the earthquake.
Gunaraj is our field worker in the district. He speaks one of the local dialects and travels to remote villages by bike and on foot.