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Central Nepal

In Kathmandu, the Freedom Fund aims to radically reduce the number of children exploited in the adult entertainment industry. They are using outreach and drop-in centres to reach adolescent workers, offering shelter, counselling, vocational training, legal aid and other assistance so that they can successfully leave the sector.

In neighbouring source areas for child trafficking, the hotspot is helping communities to organise together in order to address the root causes. The NGOs are also using the law and creating coordinated pressure on officials to stop adult entertainment sector businesses exploiting children.

Read the Central Nepal Hotspot 2016 annual report.

Click here to read more about the central Nepal program.

Our impact as of December 2017

LIVES IMPACTED 31,313
NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIBERATED 940
NUMBER OF AT-RISK CHILDREN IN SCHOOL 631
COST PER PERSON $73
Total Invested$2.54m

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.

31,313

Total Invested

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.

$2.54m

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.

$73

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.

940

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.

404

At-risk children in school

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

631

Graduates of vocational training

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

404

Micro-enterprises started

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

125

Individuals accessing social & legal services

Number of individuals provided with social and legal services by Freedom Fund partners. These services help slavery survivors recover from mental trauma as well as provide at-risk individuals with legal protection and options for recourse.

9,691

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.

80

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.

170

Arrests

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

80

Convictions

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

22

Changes in public policy

Number of changes to public policy attributable in part to Freedom Fund partners.

3

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.

197

See more global metrics.


OUR PARTNERS

Alliance Against Trafficking in Women and Children in Nepal
Awaj Aviyan Nepal (AAN)
Biswas Nepal
Center for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd)
Centre for Awareness Promotion (CAP) Nepal
Change Nepal
Chhori
Community Development and Research Organization (CORD)
Global Centre
Gramin Mahila Srijanshil Pariwar (GMSP)
Humanitarian and Economic Development Organisation (HECDO)
Kakani Center for Development of Community (KCDC)
SathSath
Shakti Samuha
Swatantrata Abhiyan Nepal (SAN)
Women Forum for Women in Nepal (WOFOWON)
Youth for Social Transformation – Nepal (YST)


RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The Freedom Fund has commissioned several research studies to guide the hotspot’s work:

  • A baseline analysis of government implementation of policies to protect workers in the sector and to enforce the law.
  • An analysis of which combinations of actions, forms of assistance and services are most effective for adolescents seeking pathways out of the sector.
  • Research on the attitudes and behaviour of owners and clients of restaurants, hotels, and dance bars in the sector, to better plan actions against their employment or use of children.

Forthcoming research projects include:

  • A study of the prevalence of minors working in commercial sexual exploitation in areas of Kathmandu.

 

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