Maiti Nepal: A Society Free from Trafficking Against Children and Women
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Maiti's Newsletter
July, 2016.

Dear partners, supporters and well wishers !!

We are delighted to present our newsletter for the month of July, 2016. We hope we have been successful in keeping you updated about the things we do here at Maiti Nepal in our fight against human trafficking. We intend to publish a newsletter every month to keep you informed about the developments within our organisation. 

It is evident that we are living through challenging times, but one thing is certain that the environment that we live in is changing and we should all work together for a better future.  

MAITI NEPAL was born out of a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of exploitation and torture. Maiti's vision is "A society free of the sexual and other forms of exploitation of children and women".

5th July, 2016: Certificate distribution program.

Certificates were distributed to 22 girls from Maiti Nepal after the completion of income generating skill training. Out of the 22 girls, 10 were trained on beautician course and 12 on tailoring. Maiti Nepal congratulates them and wishes them all the best for their future endeavors.

7th July,  2016: Maiti Nepal's daughter felicitated.

Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare felicitated Rinku Kumari Thakur, who fought her battle against Child Marriage. Rinku was brave enough to go against her parents and societal norms of child marriage in her community. Child marriage violates girls’ rights to health, education and opportunity. It is one of the most harmful practices embedded structurally and culturally in Nepalese society, especially in the Rural areas.

Even in her worst moment , Rinku managed to lodge a complaint to the police. Maiti Nepal in coordination with the police rescued Rinku from all the physical torture she was going through. Maiti Nepal provided her with immediate shelter and all the basic facilities. Currently, she still resides in the warm hospitable environment of Maiti Nepal. Maiti Nepal wants to make Rinku an ambassador in the fight against this harmful practice of child marraige.

Rinku was awarded with a letter of appreciation and cash prize of 10,000 rupees by honorable Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. CP Mainali.

8th July,  2016: Tribute to Miss Sonja Kill (1972-1993)

Maiti Nepal paid homage to Miss Sonja Kill (1972 - 1993), who was the daughter of Winfred Kill and Rosemary Kill, the founder of Sonja Kill Foundation. Maiti Nepal fondly remembers Ms. Sonja Kill on her 23nd death Anniversary. Her memories will always be warm in our hearts. May her soul rest in peace.

11th July,  2016: Maiti Nepal's daughter talks about child marraige.

On the occasion of World Population Day, Maiti Nepal's daughter Rinku Kumari Thakur, who fought her battle against Child Marriage, was asked to speak a few words at the program organised by the Ministry of Population and Environment. The theme of the program was 'Investing in Teenage girls'.
Rinku was of the view that the government should hold such programs not only in Kathmandu but also in the rural areas to create awareness for the teenage girls about various issues like child marriage, miscarriage and free education till the 12th standard.

16th July, 2016: Maiti Nepal lost an Angel. 

A good heart stopped beating and a good soul ascended to heaven. Maiti Nepal lost a wonderful and gentle soul. 34-year old Shanti Rai was a part of Maiti Nepal since 2001. She had been residing in Maiti Nepal's hospice, where she was receiving holistic care. During her stay she was of great help to the entire organisation.
Losing someone we love is not easy, but we take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in the arms of God. May God put her in a special place, from where she will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished her.
We part with our beloved Shanti Rai with immense heartache. Love and Light! Rest in Peace!

 19th July,  2016: Teresa Academy celebrate Teacher's Day!

A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches the heart".

Teresa Academy, a school run by Maiti Nepal, celebrated Teacher's Day !

On this occasion, the students of Teresa Academy performed dances and songs to make it special for all the teachers.

20th July, 2016: SP Kiran Bajracharya felicitated.

Maiti Nepal felicitated Superintendent of Nepal Police Kiran Bajracharya, TIP Hero 2016 and Artist Jan Salter yesterday in an event held in Maiti Nepal headquarters.

The US Department of State honored Superintendent of Nepal Police Kiran Bajracharya, as a 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero. She was honored for working persistently to investigate crimes against women and children, including human trafficking.

Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Ram Krishna Subedi graced us with his presence and awarded SP Kiran Bajracharya with a token of appreciation.

Unfortunately Artist Jan Salter could not be present at the program due to ill health, so in her honour our CDO Ram Krishna Subedi unveiled one of her paintings at the event.

Jan Salter committed herself to social work in the mid-nineties by associating herself with our organization. She painted girls who were victims of trafficking and AIDS.

26th July, 2016: Artist Jan Salter donates paintings to Maiti Nepal.

British artist and social activist Jan Salter donated 54 of her portrait paintings to Maiti Nepal. The ninety year old artist handed over the paintings to Maiti Nepal in a farewell ceremony held for her at the organization.

Maiti Nepal will always treasure these paintings as a precious gift to Maiti Nepal.
Madhu's fight against Child Marraige.

Madhu ( name changed ) was offered a marriage proposal for the first time a couple of years back when she was in grade 10, but she expressed her wish to continue her studies further. Despite her mother's constant protest her father gave her his consent to join high school. But as soon as she reached grade 12 her mother again started pestering her about marrying a boy in India and this time she sought help from Madhu's uncle, her father's elder brother. Madhu's uncle, like her mother was not in favour of girls studying and progressing in life. Both of them tried to persuade Madhu into marrying him by saying that girls with good character obey their parents and marry as per their family's wish. Madhu did not give in to her family's pressure and refused to get married, following which her mother asked her uncle to beat her up and force her into getting married.

At that moment, she was working as a news reader in a local F.M. station and she tried sharing her sorrow with her colleagues at her workspace. Her colleagues advised her to seek help from local NGOs or Police about her situation. Therefore she approached an organization called 'Mahila Sangh' in her village but unfortunately a woman there suggested her to obey her parents, marry and reconcile with her family. Meanwhile, she was still experiencing everyday torture from her mother and uncle. After her failed attempt in Mahila Sangh, Madhu decided to approach the local police Superintendent who had a good reputation in her village as told to her by her office colleagues.

The police superintendent was willing to help her and thus asked her parents to report to the police station in an attempt to dissuade them from forcing Madhu to get married. Her parents however took this very offensively and therefore threatened Madhu to leave the house, tear her citizenship and terminate her relationship with the family. Later, Madhu received even greater psychological pressure at home for her step. They suggested her to die of poison than be a disgrace to the family. Her sisters started being the target in the family and her uncle constantly threatened to marry them off. Madhu was then not allowed to go to her school or her work and was locked in her room for days. When the police and her office staff tried to reach her at home her parents always made some kind of excuse and never let them contact her. One day when the police Superintendent called her, her parents like always refused to pass the call and lied about her going for a checkup in the hospital. However, when he contacted the hospital he came to know that Madhu had never been there. That is when he took action and with the help of Maiti Nepal went to rescue Madhu from her place.

Madhu realized that instead of living in an environment where women are burnt, hanged or tortured and not let live a life of their own will, she would rather leave home and fight against these social injustices prevalent in the society. She decided to stay in the transit home of Maiti Nepal in Birgunj. Even after leaving home she has been receiving threats about marrying her sister off from her family and now she hopes to rescue her sister as soon as possible.

Madhu aims to be a policewoman and take actions against the malpractices such as dowry system and child marriage prevalent in the society. She suggests Maiti Nepal and similar organizations working in this field to organize an awareness program targeted to girls of grade 9 and 10 who are the most probable victim of such practices and provide them psychological counseling towards building their self-esteem.
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