Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bitter Sweet Goodbye

This letter was written by staff member, Abby Youngblood, who has just returned from a seven month stay in Nepal.

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Wow, how can I communicate the great experiences I had? Words can’t describe how incredible my time in Nepal was. Here’s my attempt: The staff and girls accepted me as one of them, which is no small thing! To live life with them each day, I learned about their culture, language, and their perspective on things. Challenges came up (struggling to learn the language, miscommunication, cultural differences, missing home, etc.), but they were completely worth it. Many have visited the safe homes from the US, and have learned and experienced great things. However, I had an opportunity that I had only ever dreamed about: I was able to live with the girls and staff and be there when the teams left, when the trips were over. I got a perspective foreigners rarely get, and I don’t ever want to take that for granted.

It is difficult to grasp the issue of trafficking in a given part of the world until you take time to learn about the people and culture. For example, the kind, hospitable, gentle attributes of the Nepalese culture make it unique and rich, but also make the young women especially susceptible to trafficking. Another example is the caste system. It affects the culture and continues to play a part in the deep poverty and gender inequality of the country, further contributing to trafficking.

Finally, living in Nepal for months with the girls, working with the staff and being a part of the organization brought the reality of this cause home. The staff became my older brothers and sisters who fight on the front line against trafficking. They literally devote their lives to save and help as many girls as possible. The girls truly became my little sisters. It isn’t just about working to help people I didn’t know to be free from sexual slavery anymore. It is about a driving hope that my younger sisters will be safe from the evils of trafficking. It is about dreaming for their futures, for opportunity, freedom and success in whatever they put their minds to. I wasn’t able to build relationship with each girl in each safe home while I was there, but for the girls I lived with, our relationships run deep. I will never forget them. I will think of and pray for them often. And as I told them our last evening together: we may be far apart physically, but our hearts will always be close. I love and miss the girls and staff more that words can say, and am incredibly grateful to KINepal for inviting me to come.

-Abby Youngblood

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If you would like to read more about Abby’s time in Nepal, check out her blog at abbyyoungblood.wordpress.com/.

 

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A Day in the Life of a Rescued Girl

 

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Ever wonder what it’s like for the girls living in the safe house?

Every day is scheduled. They take turns cleaning, preparing meals, and washing clothes. Many of them are awake by 6am. From The beautician instructor arrives around 7:30 and the girls have beautician training from 8am until 10am. Breakfast follows, which consists of rice, lentil soup, and a vegetable cooked in curry seasonings. Soon after, the girls go to the sewing room, where the house mother, Basanti trains the girls in tailoring. Throughout the afternoon, they work on patterns, projects, and making Red Thread bracelets. Lunch is around 2:30pm. The girls have English class at 3:30pm which supplements the English lessons they take in school. They are eager to learn. Later in the afternoon, the girls usually kick a ball around or play bad mitten (a team of Americans that came last summer brought several sets for the girls). They have Fellowship each night before dinner, and eat around 7:30pm. The girls are in bed by 10pm and begin again the next day. Saturday is their day off from work and school. Sunday is a work day like every other day of the week.