Since the earthquakes in Nepal, there has been a 15% increase in human trafficking. We were faced with two choices – do something or do nothing. On behalf of ChildHope, I was adamant to help those who had lost everything in the earthquakes and were now exceptionally vulnerable. So, I chose the first option and since the earthquakes, I’ve been working closely with our partner Shakti Samuha to develop a project to protect vulnerable young people at risk of trafficking, their families and survivors.
Last year, we were successful in bidding our project CLAMP (Community Led Action Against Modern-Slavery and Poverty) to the UK government and secured funding for three years until April 2021. We officially started the project on 2nd April with a 10-day workshop in Kathmandu for the team covering everything to do with the project and ensure we were ready to go. The workshop was very intense – we had lots to cover – but we made sure to have some fun too! Some particular highlights were a teambuilding morning trek to see the sunrise, a cultural musical night, and I enjoyed cooking chicken curry for the team one evening.
The CLAMP team is now busy collecting essential information and getting to know the children, communities and local officials who they’ll be working with in the project areas. This crucial research will help us reach more than 11,000 at-risk children such as school dropouts, extremely poor families earning less than $1.90 per day, trafficking survivors and people with disabilities.
We have started on a great note and are so pleased to have your support in helping us fight modern-slavery – thank you.