Saturday, November 2, 2013
Malai Kosto Nessro Aiyo
I just got back from a reception for this amazing charitable organization: Maiti Nepal. I met the founder and some of the people who have organized the "Friends of..." website which enables you to donate effciently to what is really a very small, local, organization in Nepal itself. I didn't stay long because I only wanted to talk in my now very broken Nepali with the wait staff and I couldn't take up too much of the time of the founder who was there to talk to some potentially big donors. But I am overwhelmed with sentimental feelings about Nepal and Nepali. The problem of the trafficking of girls from their homes into brothels in India and China is immense. When I was living in Nepal 25 years ago the little girl who lived in my Didi's house as a servant (a fairly well structured feudal relationship) was lured away by some guy working for the Indian brothels. We caught her before she got all the way to the bus station with him but she was really unaware of the danger she was in. It wasn't a problem in my actual village, which was too far off the beaten path for a stranger to come and take a girl away but its a huge problem anywhere that families are weak or broken, jobs are scarce, and exit routes well marked out. Maiti Nepal seems to train the girls that they rescue to point out and even board the minibuses that the pimps load up and persuade the girls to get off. They have little work groups in the Terai and on the Chinese border. I'm interested in finding out more about this group and maybe working with them in the future.