PASSPORT AGAINST HELL: Prevention against trafficking and risky migration

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frontiere  indo nepalaiseA larger and larger number of Nepalese leave their country looking for employment. However, although certain migrations are true opportunities, most of the candidates find themselves in exploitative situations, even slavery. In addition to the hell that awaits them, this phenomenon also deprives hundreds of thousands of children of protection while their mother is away from the home.

The project implanted in Banke, Bardia, Surkhet and Kailali aims at providing information to the general public and potential migrants, as well as protecting vulnerable women pressured into leaving by the prospect of an economic alternative. The project operates through a center of information, radio programs, and numerous sensitization programs for authorities and the community.

Have a look on our program "Passport against hell" (A film directed by Mathieu Cretté)

In Nepalgunj, a few kilometers from the Indian border, as well as in Dang and the surrounding area, numerous women benefit from revenue-generating programs. They become seamstresses, shop keepers....Discover the images

 

TESTIMONIAL: the work of prevention of trafficking in Nepalgunj

Preventing the trafficking of women and children implies acting on the deeper and the immediate causes: among these are poverty and family difficulties, which can pressure women and children to leave Nepal, looking for employment, but without any knowledge of the details concerning the opportunities or the risks.

In the Center for Safe Migration which we put in place last October, the team receives candidates for emigration so that they might make a more informed choice, they propose psycho-social support, and even an economic alternative to departure for the most vulnerable persons. We met Deepa at the police station in Nepalgunj, where she was picking up her passport. We spoke with her about the risks linked to migration and the precautions to take....

No longer sure of herself, Deepa met with the social worker at the center and told her story: at age 46 , married since the age of 30 to a man who has re-married twice during this period, Deepa is responsible for her husband, who is unemployed, for her in-laws, and for the children born of these 3 marriages (the other 2 women have left their husband)! Faced with the financial difficulties of the family, even her husband is pushing her to emigrate. But Deepa does not know what to do...

After this interview, the social worker met with the husband, then began couples counseling. Their financial problems were brought up; the husband said he was open to other solutions. The social worker directed them to a professional in "revenue-generating activities", with whom they discussed possibilities for improving their financial situation. After studying the competencies of both and opportunities in the market, they decided to start up a business selling tea from a cart. They received help in choosing the site for the cart, and financial support from Planète Enfants to start the project. The couple has taken charge of the business. Psycho-social counseling for the family was continued after the launching of the new business.

Key statistics

- 1 center for information and offices in 3 police stations (in the districts of Banke, Bardhya and Surkhet)
- 12,000 candidates for migration received information
- 1,700 militants and local authorities trained
- 120 jobs created as alternatives to departure for the most vulnerable girls and women

Our local partner

Saathi is a Nepalese NGO founded in 1992 with the mandate of struggling against violence towards women and children, and supporting victims. Since 2009, Planète Enfants has worked with Saathi Khatmandu on a center for reintegration of victims of domestic violence, and in Saathi Nepalgunj for a program of struggle against risky migrations and trafficking.

Technical file

Geographical location: border towns and regions with numerous migrations, Southwest Nepal

Beneficiaries: candidates for migration, and particularly vulnerable women

Intervention strategies

Sensitization of public opinion about trafficking and sexual exploitation
- Radio programs
- Distribution of information kits
- Sensitization of local actors
- Creation of a data base concerning risky migration

Respect for the rights of the Child
- Protection for the children of mothers who are candidates for migration
- Psychosocial support for young girls and women
- Alternative proposals to departure 

Education and information for vulnerable communities
- Information centers on risky migration
- Information for women's groups 

Improving quality of life
- Revenue-generating activities
- Solidarity farming

Reintegration of victims
Assistance in the reintegration of victims (exploited abroad) returning to Nepal

Advocating for the implantation of public services for aid to migration in different regions

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