Sewing Machines for Rescued Girls


Every rescued girl has a story. Every rescued girl has a dream.

Living in a safe home after being rescued is life-changing in countless ways. The girls are nurtured and cared for in a strong community of mentors. However, this alone is not enough to prepare them for the transition back to their home communities. The girls also need skills training as well as assistance in starting their businesses after leaving the safe home. Part of this assistance is receiving a sewing machine.

Recently a project was launched through K.I. Nepal, raising funds to provide 80 sewing machines to assist girls in this transition. The project is called the CHELI project (Community, Health, Education and Livelihood Improvement Program), and the purpose is simple: provide a tool for the girls to make a life-sustaining income. K.I. Nepal is also sending the girls to their communities in teams of two or three. This is helpful on several levels. Girls have each other to provide support and community so that the chances for success in their business is greatly heightened. This crucial step finishes the three part journey of walking with a girl through recovery.

The following is a story about a young Nepalese woman named Rita:

Rita grew up in a poor but loving family. As there were few job opportunities for women in her village, she traveled with two friends to India to look for work. Nepalese girls, especially from rural areas, often think that India will provide job opportunities. Even though Rita was able to find work in India, she was exposed to violence and abuse. One day K.I. Nepal staff stopped her and heard her story of hardship. After meeting with them, she decided to go to a safe home to learn a trade. Rita has flourished in sewing and beautician training, and will be graduating soon. Because of her training, Rita will receive a sewing machine from K.I. Nepal and return to her village with another rescued girl to start their own business.

*Name changed for protection

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The Red Thread Movement is a student initiative partnering with Eternal Threads to combat sexual slavery in Nepal. View all posts by redthreadmovement

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