Fighting the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation
Independent research indicates that up to 40,000 girls are trafficked each year from Nepal to India to work in brothels within India and throughout the Middle East. Kensington is partnering with a local NGO to rescue girls being trafficked and to transform communities with the gospel.
AREAS OF IMPACT
For more than a decade, Kensington has partnered to change lives in Nepal – especially the lives of women. We invest our time and resources in five different areas of impact. We take preventative measures to keep girls safe from exploitation, by monitoring several border stations in search of the vulnerable, by bringing the victims into safe homes to heal, by initiating community development projects and planting churches that bring entire villages the hope.
MOVEMENT IN NEPAL
Church planting and discipleship are the main sources of stopping trafficking at the root cause and to transform communities. Through local ministry, over 450 house churches have been started throughout Nepal in communities where trafficking has occurred. Many of these communities are considered unreached and unengaged people groups. Pastors are assigned to each territory to help train these new leaders and fellowships.
Mobilization and Awareness
A large focus of Kensington's partners in Nepal is to go to the source of the problem. Rescued girls are trained to go back into the villages and counsel women and their families about the risks of trafficking. These young women who were once trafficked are bringing the message of hope to the women and girls in their communities.
Counseling booths have been setup in all major crossing points from Nepal to India. Well-trained border monitoring staff has been able to provide the counseling service to 19,345 vulnerable women and girls last year and 845 vulnerable girls were sent back to their homes from the border.
Once back in their villages, the girls work with the community leaders to identify projects (training centers, water wells, latrines, etc.) that will help lift up and eliminate the social or physical risk of their families. While meeting the real needs of the village, these projects raise up the leadership of the once victimized girls
Providing Safe Homes
Even after being rescued, the trafficked girls face enormous challenges due to the prolonged physical, mental and emotional abuse they have previously faced. While in the safe home the girls receive counseling, job skills training, education and are given a message of hope.