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Detailed results 2018


Project 1: Awareness campaigns and establishment of aid networks 

Results in 2018 in the catchment areas of Pashupatinagar, Bhairahawa and Itahari:

  • With door-to-door information campaigns, street theater and informational events about sex trafficking (and ways to get help), about 2,000 persons could be reached on market days in many villages.
  • Approximately 1,720 soldiers and policemen and –women were trained regarding the issue of sex trafficking and possibilities to help.
  • 440 pupils and students as well as 54 teachers were made aware of the issue of sex trafficking and informed about aid networks and possibilities to protect themselves.
  • 200 key persons such as newly elected politicians, journalists and government representatives both male and female were trained regarding the issue of sex trafficking and possibilities to get help.
  • On International Women’s Day, 500 women were informed about their rights.
  • 395 participants of information campaigns taking place on 16 days were trained on the issue of violence against women and possibilities to get help.

Project 2: Border guards

Results in 2018

  • The 35 border guards, financed bay pro filia, are surveying eight crossings to India. Each of them conveys an average annual number of 50 girls straight from the Indian border to a MAITI Transit home. Thus through these jobs, an approximate annual number of 1,750 girls can be prevented from being sold to a brothel every year.

Project 3: Pashupatinagar Transit home

Results in 2018

  • The Pashupatinagar transit home offers shelter for 20 girls/young women at a time whose length of stay varies according to their individual requirements. Parents are contacted if the girls wish so. A family discussion is held to clarify if a girl can return home or is transferred e.g. to a rehabilitation home.
  • In 2018, the transit home successfully intervened in the cases of a total of 368 girls/young women – the youngest of which 14 years of age – and prevented them from being sold.
  • 8 girls/young women arrived coming out of situations where they had to experience sexual exploitation or abuse.
  • The transit home also serves as primary and central contact in further cases of violence against women/young girls: in 2018, 17 girls arrived coming out of situations of domestic violence. In the course of discussions with all parties involved, solutions could be found in many cases.
  • One girl was accommodated after being raped, the offender was reported to the police.
  • In 2018 the transit home carried out a search for 45 girls reported missing, 18 of which were found by MAITI and could be brought back home.

Project 4: The Itahari Rehabilitation home

Results in 2018

  • In 2018, 40 saved girls/young women were taken care of in the rehabilitation home for 6 months each. They start learning how to read, write and calculate and are taken through professional trainings. They also receive a lot of information about their future daily life, such as HIV prevention, dangers of early marriage, contraception, women’s rights, support possibilities and protection against sex trafficking.
  • Another 10 girls/young women stayed for a short time only as they wanted to return to their families
  • 34 of the 40 girls/young women completed their professional training
  • 4 girls freed from an Indian brothel were taken care of
  • 18 out of 45 girls reported missing could be found.
  • Criminal actions such as rape, sex trafficking etc. were reported to the police. MAITI reported 3 human traffickers to the police who are now in prison awaiting trial.

Project 5: Educational offers

Results in 2018

  • At the Rehabilitation center an annual average of 35 – 40 saved young girls and women are trained to be seamstresses, cooks and hairdressers.
  • 40 young women could receive PC training in 2018.
  • In 2018, 15 girls/young women were trained to be beekeepers.
  • 25 girls/young women were trained to be mushroom farmers in 2018.

Projects 6: The creation of jobs

Results in 2018

  • By the end of 2018, 8 typing offices could be set up. Some women have significantly extended the offices not only offering simple services, but also PC training for young girls – a much wanted “snowball effect”!
  • By now, tailor shops have been installed at ten locations. Here, too, sewing courses for girls are offered.
  • Also in 2018 pro filia transferred the funds for start-up financing to support women with the start of their own small business.