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PRC’s rehabilitation program is designed to be one year. Some girls are ready to leave before that year is finished and others may need to stay longer due there not being a safe and stable family environment to which they can return. The latter has been the case for Namrita and Sarada who have been at PRC for over two years. Their families had been slave laborers in the Kamaiya system and since being set free have found it very difficult to eke out a living. This state of poverty is the reason these two girls were easy prey for sex traffickers. To look at them now you would find it difficult to imagine the pain and terror that once dominated their lives. The girls have thrived at the Center and their smiles could light up the world! The question is how long do they stay at PRC? Since Sarada has been at PRC a younger brother fell from a tree to his death. The family is now saying that if Sarada had been home watching the boy he would have not had the accident. They want her to come home to take care of her other younger siblings so both parents can work as day laborers in the area. Namrita’s parents also want her to return home for the same purpose. PRC must follow the wishes of the parents and send the girls back home if that’s what they want. Shanta has tried reasoning with the parents saying that if the girls finish their schooling they could get better jobs and eventually help the family in that way. This line of far thinking is difficult to follow when you feel a prisoner of the immediate. They cannot see past finding a way to feed their family TODAY. One thing I know is the LORD loves them and holds their future in His hands. HE is with them at the Center and will be with them if they return to their families. Please pray the Lord will have his way in determining their future.
The Kamaiya system of bonded labor has been around in some form for many centuries in Nepal. In general, Kamaiya refers to a farm and/or domestic laborer serving a landlord in repayment of a loan taken by himself or his forefathers. In the 1990’s there was movement with support from both inside and outside of Nepal against this form of slavery resulting in the government declaring their freedom in July of 2000. However, freedom came with it’s own set of problems since the declaration provided no subsequent plan for housing, food, security and other arrangements required for rehabilitation. Since then some Kamaiya have received land from the government but the majority have been left to fend for themselves.
For this reason many of the Kamaiya fall victim to traffickers. With the help of She is Safe PRC has been able to work with a few of these Kamaiya “settlements” to educate them about trafficking and providing the women and girls with literacy and skills training and income generation projects such as goat and big raising projects. Many of the Kamaiya girls that have been trafficked have been rescued and gone through PRC’s rehabilitation program. Just recently there were 3 more Kamaiya girls rescued who are now going through the rehabilitation program in Kathmandu.
At the same time there were also 3 girls rescued at PRC’s recently opened Nepal/China border station. Those girls are also presently going through PRC’s rehabilitation program in Kathmandu. Please pray for the adjustment and healing of all 6 of these girls over these next months. May the staff and girls already in the program be living examples of the Lord’s love for each one of them.
It was just a few months ago that I shared the need to open a station at the Nepal/China border and today I have the joy of telling you that it has happened! PRC is blessed to have two partner organizations that sponsor the Nepal/India border monitoring stations, one by She is Safe and the other by Free for Life International. Both organizations have a passion to save women and girls from becoming victims of human trafficking. When I shared the need of opening a station on the Nepal/China border, Colette Bercu, from Free for Life wrote and said they would definitely like to make that happen. So it was that two weeks ago, with the funding of Free for Life International and the cooperation of the local leaders and law enforcement, PRC opened their Nepal/China border monitoring station. As I mentioned in the entry a few months ago, the numbers of girls and women being trafficked from Nepal into China are growing at an alarming rate. Trafficking girls across the Nepal/China border is relatively easy because Nepali’s don’t need visa’s to go into China and until now there has been no concerted effort to stop trafficking across this border. Please pray for those who are staffing this new station: