Monday, July 07, 2008

Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation

Did anyone else see the report last night on ABC about bonded girl child labourers in Nepal?

In the Dang District in western Nepal, many indigenous families from the Tharu ethnic group subsist as farm laborers. Unable to make ends meet, they have been forced into a desperate trade—selling their daughters to work far from home as bonded servants in private homes or as dishwashers in tea houses. Some of these children are as young as six.

NYOF gives each family a piglet or baby goat, and looks after the girl's education (schooling, supplies, uniforms) if they agree not to sell her. At the moment, they are looking after 3,000 girls in a district in western Nepal. And it only costs $100 a year to keep a girl from being sold into virtual slavery.
Suffering abounds in a poor country like Nepal, but the flip side is that it takes so little, in developed-country terms, to make a big difference.

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