…But not forgotten…
New Community Project response to the earthquakes in Nepal
NCP has been active in Nepal since 2007. In recent years, our partner has been Shakti Samuha, a Nepali organization begun in 1996 by formerly trafficked women to help girls who return from the sex trade.
In April 2015, two major earthquakes struck Nepal, bringing death, destruction and destitution to the people of this already-struggling South Asian nation. Along with killing over 8500 people, the quakes destroyed thousands of schools and other buildings, and left many people even poorer than they were before.
Following the earthquakes, Shakti Samuha warned of greater risk to young women: “For the trafficker, this is the favorable time to go communities and lure people away to better opportunities in India—and this is what is happening with these girls. We are hearing that small girls from the most affected districts have already trafficked to India after earthquake."
NCP asked Shakti how we might help over the long-term. They asked that we raise funds for scholarships to keep girls in school (one of the best ways to keep them from being trafficked), to help formerly trafficked girls go back to school or start small businesses, and to purchase land to reconstruct a women’s shelter destroyed in the quakes. The total came to $29,000.
In late summer 2015, NCP launched its “…But Not Forgotten…” campaign. The title was chosen as a way of letting these young women know that after international attention had faded, our concern would not—and that in the months to come we would be there to help in any way we could.
The financial goal was a bit daunting, but many people, groups and congregations responded—and within six months had raised the full amount!
Several supporters conducted Facebook campaigns. Congregations held special offerings or meal events. In a campaign led by two students (Samantha and Regina, below), a middle school in Wakarusa, Indiana raised $500 for the cause!
The funds were sent in early 2016 and put to use by Shakti. We also assured them that even though our campaign was over, our commitment to them was not. And so we continue to provide support for girls and young women in Nepal—the country where there is the saying “To be born a daughter is a lost life.” We’ll continue to work alongside Shakti to help young women “find” a life very much worth living.
Want to help? Send a check to our Arizona address, or donate on-line here. As with all NCP Special Projects, 100 percent of donations go to the programs themselves—really!
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