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Detailed results 2020

Special project: Quarantine centers

In 2020, pro filia funded two quarantine centres in Kathmandu and in Jhapa. A total of 57 girls/young women were admitted here who were victims of trafficking, rape or domestic violence and had to be quarantined as they had been in contact with persons infected with corona. Seven also brought their own small children with them. After 14 days of quarantine and a negative corona test, they were referred to other support services or could return to their families.

Project 1: Awareness campaigns and establishment of aid networks

  • Normally, information sessions on human trafficking and ways to help reach many people on market days in the villages. This was impossible in 2020, nor were street theatre and many other events. Instead, Maiti developed digital awarenenss campaigns on the topics of human trafficking, rape and domestic violence, and ways to get help. Not only were these distributed in schools, but also broadcasted in public radio.

  • In the remaining corona-free time, 47 female border police officers were trained on the topic of trafficking in girls and how to get help.

  • 95 pupils, students and teachers were informed about human trafficking, support networks and options for protections.

  • Key persons such as newly elected politicians, journalists and public officials were informed about the issue.

  • On International Women’s day, 55 women were informed about their rights and shared this information in their villages.

  • On the Indian side, interest in Maiti’s border work is increasing and experiences are being exchanged.

Project 2: Border guards

  • In Q1, 2020, 82 young girls were stopped at the Indian border in Pashupatinagar alone.

  • 25 young women decided themselves to curtail their trip right at the border after being informed about the dangers.

  • As the borders to neighbouring countries in Nepal were closed from April through December due to the pandemic, the border guards were consequently unable to do their work during this period

  • In the last quarter of 2020, however, they organised controls on secret routes to India in collaboration with border police officers. 21 young girls could thus be stopped away from the official but closed border crossing!

 

Since 2019, pro filia has also been financing an observation post on the road leading from Dhulikhel to Nepal’s east and into India.

In 2020, Maiti representatives in collaboration with the highway police could

  • check 5,220 cars

  • conduct 1,047 counselling sessions on human trafficking and ways to get help

  • inform 987 young girls/women who applied for a passport at the local authority about the dangers

  • distribute 1,703 information kits

  • achieved that out of six girls stopped, four returned to their families – two were transferred to the MAITI shelter home in Kathmandu and later also returned to their families

  • find 11 girls that had been reported missing.

 

Project 3: Pashupatinagar Transit home

  • The Pashupatinagar transit home generally offers space for the stay of 20 girls/young women at a time whose length of stay varies according to their individual requirements. Contact is made with the parents if the girls wish so. In family discussions it is then clarified whether a girl will return home or, for example, be transferred to a rehabilitation home.

  • As in every MAITI home, two isolation places have also been set up in Pashupatinagar, where newly admitted young girls live until they receive their coronate test result.

  • The shelter successfully intervened with a total of 82 girls/young women in 2020, thus saving them from the risk of being sold.

  • Eight of them were 14 years old or younger!

  • 59 young women could be returned home.

  • In 2020, 12 missing girls were searched for by the home, four of whom MAITI was able to locate and return to their families.

  • The transit home also serves as primary and central contact in further cases of violence against girls/young women - e.g. domestic violence. In discussions with all parties involved, solutions are sought and often found.

Project 4: The Itahari Rehabilitation home

  • In 2020, 17 girls/young women were cared for in the rehabilitation home. They were able to complete a tailoring training and received a lot of information concerning their future everyday life - such as protection against HIV, dangers of early marriage, birth control, women's rights, possibilities of help and protection against human trafficking.

  • All the young women completed their training regularly.

  • 4 of the young women had been raped, 7 were victims of domestic violence and one victim of trafficking.

  • Of 12 girls reported missing, 5 could be found.

  • In cases of criminal incidents such as rape, human trafficking etc., charges will be filed.

 

Project 5: Home for single mothers and their babies

  • In 2020, despite Corona, there were a total of 11 single pregnant girls/women and mothers and their 11 babies in our home. They were between 14 and 25 years old - 18 years old on average.

  • Through the mediation of Maiti, four of the mothers and their babies were taken back by their families in 2020, one moved in with the father of the child, six were still in the home at the turn of the year, two of them are now attending the school attached to the home.

 

Project 6: Educational offers

  • In the Rehabilitation home 17 girls were given the opportunity to train as tailors.

  • The courses in the computer training centre could not be held in 2020 because of Corona, nor could the courses to become a beekeeper, a mushroom farmer or a cook.

  • 10 girls/women completed the training to become nurse's aides.

  • 3 young women were trained as e-rickshaw drivers.



Projects 7: The creation of jobs

  • There are currently a total of 8 typing offices. Several have now started offering computer skills training themselves for interested young girls.

  • The existing ten tailor's shops are all working and have started to expand and create additional jobs. In addition, some now offer tailoring training for young girls from the area.

  • All nurse's aides completed the training course regularly, 8 out of 10 found a job afterwards or started further training.

  • To enable the e-rickshaw drivers to work professionally and earn their own money, pro filia transferred the money for 75% of the purchase costs of 3 rickshaws. The women finance the remaining 25% through a bank loan, which they pay off from their income.