Today’s new product is a beanie (available in red and black) crocheted by rescued girls at the safe house we support in Nepal!
Purchase one today on Red Thread’s website!
The story behind the product:
This is the story of a 13-year-old girl who studied to grade six. Due to the size and poverty of her family, she could not complete her studies, so she helped her mother in household activities and her father on their farm. Her parents were very happy with her, but she was not happy because she had to drop out of school. One day, a stranger came into her village and proposed that she marry him. She was young and scared to marry him and initially refused his proposal. However, the man was not ready to give up, and he and his parents forced her to marry him. He was 26 years old, twice her age. Although she did not accept her marriage, she was complacent to go with her new husband when he asked her to leave Nepal for India. He promised that he would keep her happy, and she believed him, so they went. On the border of Nepal and India, they came to a border station supported by the Red Thread Movement, where a counselor working there asked the two of them questions regarding their travel into India. The man told the counselor that they were married and beginning a new life outside of Nepal. However, the counselor did not trust the man, because he was so much older than the girl. So, both were separated and asked questions individually, and the girl told the counselor how she had met the man. The counselor explained to her what trafficking was and told her that she had encountered and rescued many girls with stories like her’s, who had been forced to marry men intending to traffick them. It was then that the girl understood she was going to be sold by this man now claiming to be her husband. The counselor offered the girl an opportunity to leave the man and receive shelter and additional training at a safe house, and the girl agreed; the man was turned into the police stationed at the border. After a year at the safe house, the girl has just returned home with an education in sewing and a new chance at life in her village.