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South-Eastern Nepal

In south-eastern Nepal, the Freedom Fund is investing in a comprehensive intervention to address agricultural debt bondage slavery affecting whole families. NGO partners are enabling groups of these families to organise together for their human rights, through developing economic alternatives and micro-credit, as well as focusing on rights to land and enabling former child slaves to benefit from non-formal education and then integrate in village schools.

Read the South-Eastern Nepal Hotspot 2016 impact report.

Click here to read more about the South-Eastern Nepal hotspot program.

LIVES IMPACTED 30,895
NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIBERATED 595
NUMBER OF AT-RISK CHILDREN IN SCHOOL 10,846
COST PER PERSON $69
Total Invested$2.36m

Metric

Total

Lives impacted

Number of active, regular participants of programs supported by the Freedom Fund. Includes members of community vigilance committees, self-help groups, individuals rescued from slavery, and those given educational, psychosocial or income generation services. Excludes those provided with one-time information.

30,895

Total invested

Total funds invested in hotspot programs since the Freedom Fund’s inception.

$2,360,625

Cost per person

Average cost of community interventions per active, regular participant. Excludes grants made to partners working indirectly, e.g. at international policy level or for research and evaluation purposes. Excludes grants made for research and evaluation purposes.

$69

Victims liberated

Number of people liberated from any form of slavery, be it through gradual change of circumstance or shorter “rescue event”. The Freedom Fund’s approach is to only support liberations where services for survivor recovery are provided. We formalised this policy with partners in July 2016. Prior to this date a small proportion of reported liberations may not have included follow-up support.

Survivor recovery services are provided (by Freedom Fund partner or other agency) to ensure the individual can resettle with their family or independently, and can access socio-economic and legal assistance to ensure their freedom can be sustained.

595

Community freedom groups supported

Number of active, local groups, including community vigilance committees and self-help savings and loans groups, formed or supported by Freedom Fund partners.

276

At-risk children in school

Number of previously out-of-school children in slavery-affected communities now attending formal or informal education as a result of Freedom Fund support.

10,846

Graduates of vocational training

Number of slavery survivors or highly vulnerable individuals completing vocational training courses provided or referred by Freedom Fund partners.

84

Micro-enterprises started

Number of slavery survivors or highly vulnerable individuals who have started micro-enterprises as a result of Freedom Fund support

540

Survivors accessing psychosocial services

Number of slavery survivors and victims provided with psychosocial support services to help them recover from mental trauma and avoid falling back into situations of extreme exploitation.

156

Individuals with new access to gov't services

Number of people supported by our partners who gain new access to government entitlements such as employment rights, school places, pensions, compensation payments, ID cards, and land rights.

8,621

Legal cases assisted

Number of individual legal cases that our partners provide any kind of support to, including advice, testimony, direct litigation, and witness protection.

128

Arrests

Number of arrests of traffickers and slaveholders in which one or more Freedom Fund partners played a key supporting role.

2

Media stories

Number of media stories about slavery and trafficking that can be attributed to the Freedom Fund or its partners’ efforts to generate attention to the issue.

296

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OUR PARTNERS

Bhawani Integrated Development Centre
Centre for Mental Health and Counselling
Community Development Forum
Community Improvement Center
Community Rural Development Society
Dalit Samrakshyan Aviyan Manch
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Janachetana Dalit Sanga
Justice for All
Manakamana Training Course and Skill Development Institute P. Ltd.
Media Advocacy Group (MAG)
Tapeshwori Social Welfare Organisation
University of York
Utpidit Dalit Samaj


RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The following research study is underway in the South-Eastern Nepal hotspot program:

Research on psychological support needs for individuals in bonded labour and coming out of slavery.

Helen Bamber Foundation and the Centre for Mental Health and Counselling have undertaken interviews with adults to better understand the issues of trauma, depression and other mental health effects of slavery.

Mental health experts will then prepare recommendations of types of therapies and emotional support in which local field staff could be trained and the Freedom Fund will support this training during 2016. Results of this research will also feed into the Freedom Fund’s mental health sector initiative.

Participatory Evaluation of the South Eastern Nepal hotspot Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex