The Solution to Human Trafficking in Nepal: A Safe Home for Kids
What Happens at the WPC Safe Home in Hetauda?
Safety, love, friendship, and education. That’s what kids find when you welcome them to the Women’s Protection Center safe home in Hetauda.
They find a world unlike anything they’ve seen before.
Outside the WPC safe home, they have known abuse (physical, sexual, neglectful), fear, extreme poverty, hunger, and caste discrimination. Some have been thrown out of their own homes. Some have been told all they’re good for is picking up garbage. Some have been told their caste is so low they can’t eat the same food as other kids.
It’s not called a “safe” home for nothing. In Nepal, the kids we rescue have no one else in their lives who can care for them. They have no other hope. If they do have relatives who can care for them, then we don’t take them. We only take kids who have nowhere else to go.
Some kids in Nepal are so used to being mistreated or exploited that when they first arrive in the safe home, they aren’t sure how to respond when whole plates of food, smiles, hugs, and privacy are granted to them with no strings attached. But after a few months, they warm up to it pretty fast.
Come along and see what happens in the Women’s Protection Center’s human trafficking safe home in Hetauda, Nepal.
Who the Safe Home Is For
The WPC Nepal safe home is for kids (mostly girls) who have nowhere else to go in Hetauda and the surrounding regions. Two kinds of kids come to live here:
- Kids who get rescued from human trafficking, whether that’s sexual slavery like brothels, or labor slavery like circuses in India and Nepal
- Kids who are at risk of being trafficked due to poverty, neglect, or abandonment
About three fourths of our kids are in the second group, which is outstanding because it means we’re saving vulnerable kids before the inhuman trafficking system gets its hands on them. Though this second group of kids has also endured a lot of suffering, they’ve been spared from the extreme trauma of being trafficked and sold to a foreign land where they’d probably never be found.
The WPC safe home has two goals:
- Save kids who have been trafficked
- Prevent at-risk kids from being trafficked
The safe home is how we accomplish both goals.
What Kids Experience – Life in the Safe Home
Compared to where our kids come from, there is no substitute for a stable, loving environment that feels like a home. It’s the single most important part of what we’re doing in Nepal.
The kids are cared for by two house parents who live on site, 24 hours a day. It’s their home too. (Visit staff page to meet them). Here’s a quick rundown of what your support makes possible for kids in the WPC safe home:
- Community and Friends – Kids make friends with their new housemates, and form bonds that will last a lifetime. It’s safe, accepting of anyone, and completely free of caste divisions, which shocks kids who’ve been subjected to the abuse and discrimination of that system.
- Healthy, Consistent Meals – All kids eat together. And they eat good food prepared by the safe home staff. Nepali food is fairly predictable. Spicy seasoned chicken, lentils, rice, salty chips, and various vegetable curries – these are the staples, and we make big portions so every child always gets plenty.
- Filtered Water – Water in Nepal is generally not safe. The safe home has a filtration system that ensures our kids drink only clean and healthy water.
- Daily Needs Met – The house parents oversee the food, laundry, and cleanliness of the safe home. They make it a home, rather than a facility. This is not a sterile place run by box-checking bureaucrats and detached social workers. It’s a home run by loving parents.
- 3 Kids per Bedroom – We opened our brand new 5-story safe home – fully funded – in February of 2018. It has 18 bedrooms, and three girls sleep comfortably in each room. Since we have just a few boys, they sleep at a different location. There are no bedrooms on the first floor, and there’s a warden who makes sure the girls are safe and secure at all times.
- Education at Local School – All our kids attend a local private school, paid for by your support. No schools in Nepal are free, and none of our kids could afford to go to school on their own. They also receive additional tutoring from a private tutor who works at the safe home both morning and afternoon, 6 days a week. We offer this because excelling in education is the key to their success after they complete school and leave the home as adults.
- Special Counseling – Kids who’ve suffered trauma in Nepal will need help processing it eventually. But healing takes time, and we don’t push them before they’re ready with scary one-on-one sessions. That’s not how things are done in Nepal. When appropriate though, we do group therapy sessions, which can take on a variety of forms, including dance therapy.
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What Kids Need – And How You Can Give It Them
The WPC kids need what any other kids need. The challenge is in getting it to them. There is no national post office mailing system in Nepal. Getting stuff to Hetauda is hard. But it can be done, and we have people who make trips every so often who can bring stuff over that people have donated.
Here are a few items always needed. Some can be donated in kind. Others would have to be purchased with donated money.
- Clothing – we have a clothing bank on site, and can always use more. All girls and young women sizes taken
- Toys, crafts, and sports equipment
- Computers and technology that can boost education and skills training opportunities
If you want to donate items, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The kids in the safe home also need:
- Sponsors who are committed to them. Learn more about sponsoring a child in WPC Nepal.
- Overall program supporters. Meeting all the needs listed above requires consistent and reliable funding. Nothing is more helpful than monthly gifts. You can set up your giving here.
- You can become a WPC Ambassador. This means you go out and activate your networks to raise more support for the kids in Hetauda. You become a fundraiser on their behalf. To learn more about fundraising, email Nicole Williams at email@example.com
- Friends! How can you be a friend? Go and visit them. Kids believe they matter when people show up and tell them so. Want to take a trip that’s way better than a vacation? Visit the WPC safe home in Hetauda.
Get Involved with the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Nepal
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When you sign up for our newsletter, we’ll send you a link to a video Story of Hope. The video tells the story of what life was like for one girl before she came to WPC, and how she’s doing now. It will break your heart to hear her past. But you’ll also be filled with joy when you see the difference in her life now, and how your help can do the same for many more girls and boys.
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