Maiti Nepal was founded in 1993 by Anuradha Koirala and has rescued over 35,000 girls and young women from the horrors of human trafficking. Marianne has made several visits to the shelters in Kathmandu and assisted in the day-to-day tasks and seen the horrors first-hand.
“Once you have seen what Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation really does to a young girl, there is no turning back. I will continue to work alongside Maiti Nepal for as long as Human Trafficking exists. During my last visit, I met with a young girl recently arrived at the Maiti Nepal shelters. She wanted to share her story with me so I could be her messenger to the world. She only speaks Nepalese, and she never went to school so she can’t read or write. She is 16 years old and came to Maiti Nepal after a brothel raid in India. Every day she dreams of seeing her family again, but she can’t go back there as that would put shame on her already poor family and they would be cast out from their village. The last time she saw them, she was only 12 years old and secretly followed a distant relative on a journey to see Kathmandu.
“As we all know, a 12-year-old child will often trust someone they think they know. She was first sold as a house maid and taken to India to serve a family. After a year or so, one day an unknown man came to collect her, and she arrived in hell. When the brothel was raided, she was asleep and awakened by the police breaking down the door. She tells me that she never gave up hope that she would one day get out of that place. She told me the story so honestly. She looked at me with her big eyes as I couldn´t stop myself from crying. I really tried because I wanted to stay strong for her, but it was impossible. We changed the subject and with the assistance of a translator, we talked about her dreams for the future.”
Maiti Nepal has rescued over 35,000 girls and young women from the horrors of human trafficking.
One of the young girl’s dreams was to be able to read and write, a dream Marianne made come true. She now has a tutor, and she can not only read and write but has also started to learn English. This at the same time as going through her rehabilitation and fighting the demons in her head.
Maiti Nepal calls these rescued women Trafficking Survivors instead of Trafficking Victims. This is an important statement for their mindset and their rehabilitation process. Maiti Nepal does not just provide shelter and rehabilitation for the rescued women and girls, they also run a border control of 12 check points alongside the Nepalese police to rescue women before they are moved across the border and they collaborate with Indian police for brothel raids. They run a hospice for returning women and children infected with HIV, a Child Protection Centre (CPC) and a school, the Teresa Academy.
She was first sold as a house maid and taken to India to serve a family.
The funds raised on the Costa del Sol via Marianne’s work has paid the cost for the Teresa Academy for the past 3 years. This school provide education for 400 children.
Finally, we asked Marianne what we and our readers can do to help:
“There are many ways to help, such as sponsoring a child at the Child Protection centre at Maiti Nepal, collect second hand clothes, or get involved in some of the ongoing projects to create awareness or prevent trafficking. If you are interested, please contact Marianne on
+34-684 385 486 or [email protected]
To end our conversation, Marianne quoted a phrase from Maiti Nepal’s founder, Anuradha Koirala:
“Take each child as your own daughter,
then you will see her sorrows,
and then you will feel the strength,
that comes out of you to protect them”.
Read more at www.maitinepal.org and www.maitinepalmarbella.com.