NOT FOR SALE
Home and reintegration of young girls victims of violence
Kathmandu 'Leisure' sector is expanding: bars, massage institutes... Young girls, often recruited before their 18 are forced to provide sexual "services" to clients and patrons. Almost all are underpaid and exploited at will. Raped, abused, exploited; 90% of them want to change jobs.
In 2010, Planète Enfants opened a center for rehabilitation and reintegration as well as mobile camps in order to allow these girls to access a new, dignified and peaceful life.
We have also implemented a sewing workshop "Shanti", which aims to facilitate their vocational rehabilitation.
A few figures
4 reception centers established
272 teenage and young women supported in one of these centers, then accompanied to successful reintegration
13 young seamstresses formed at the sewing workshop
Testimony of Sunita, 20 years and Tara, 18 years
Sunita and her half-sister Tara arrived at the rehabilitation center in 2012 (...)
"We joined the workshop of bags manufacturing in January. I am happy to work there because I learn how to well sew, quality bags. And now we have a little savings in the Bank."
Sunita (20 years) and her half-sister sister Tara (18) arrived in the center of rehabilitation in 2012. They are 2 of the 6 first seamstresses formed in the project of the sewing workshop.
Sunita and Tara are from a family of 10 children and lived, as children, in the district of Dhading, 2 hours west of Kathmandu. Their family, peasants, were very modest, but all children were schooled.
Sunita: "when I was in class 5 (CM2), I became very sick and I have to leave school. '' I was staying at home to rest and I kind of helped my mother for household tasks. But as I did not healed, my parents decided to take me to Kathmandu. I was told that I had TB and there gave me a very harsh treatment. I was tired and I was staying in the home. At the age of 16, I was going better and I have entered into an association to learn dance, Nepali and English.
My sister Tara joined us, because she also was sick, she was epileptic. My parents were very poor in Kathmandu, my father was repairing watches and my mother sold grilled corn in the street. It was necessary to earn money. I started working in a dance bar and then Tara also...
Cape Nepal * organized in the city some temporary camps of Council for girls like us who encounter difficulties. We met them and they have offered to come to the rehabilitation center."
Tara: 'we joined the workshop of bags manufacturing in January. I am happy to work there because I learn on how to well sew, quality bags. And now we have a little savings in the Bank. Since 1 month, we rent a room outside the center with Sunita. Since May, we took over the school morning time, and we are working in the workshop on the afternoon to earn our living. I would like to graduate. Which? I do not know... (Laughing a little embarrassed)... higher education to be stronger. »
*Our "Not for sale" program partner: center for the rehabilitation of victims of sexual exploitation.