This project is focused on fighting the Kamalari slave system through education for Nepalese girls.
An astounding 40% of children in Nepal are impoverished and approximately 2.6 million children between the ages 5-14 have to work. Families living in poor neighbourhoods often have no alternative but to sell their daughters into labour, which ensures they get an ongoing payment for every year the child is working – often as little as US$ 20. The families are made to think that their daughters will receive education, but that is not the case in most situations. The only chance for a different life is for the Kamalari girl to be rescued, mostly by an organization. This results in the organization paying the family what the daughter would otherwise earn.
Even so, rescuing the girls just isn’t enough. To end this cycle, the Kamalari girls need to be educated. So far, Plan International has rescued over 3,000 girls, not just by paying their families, but also teaching the girls life skills, providing legal advice and enabling their return to school. In 2013, 523 girls rescued by Plan International have successfully returned to regular education, 86 girls graduated high school and 9 more have been enrolled in bachelor programmes.
ICEF supported this project by donating €1,035, which covered the expenses for higher education for 15 former Kamalari girls for 2 years.
Learn more about this project here.