In June of 2013, members of our Westminster Rotaract Club of Salt Lake City, Utah are traveling to Nepal for a humanitarian service trip.
We are planning on doing the following services while we are in Nepal:
· 1. Help establish a library for a rural public school in the conflict affected area of Nepal: Public schools in Nepal have been the target of political interests. During the Maoist Insurgency, many public schools were destroyed and many students and teachers were abducted to participate in the war. The Rotaract in Kathmandu is aiming to declare some schools as a peaceful region. They are thinking of including the local political leaders regardless of their political ideology in this campaign and take their commitment for peaceful school areas.
· 2. Visit retirement homes and orphanages and promote health and literacy while there.
· 3. Help the local Rotaractors construct a class room and a girl’s friendly rest room in a rural area.
· 4. Work with the first CNN Hero: Anuradha Koirala is a social activist and the founder and director of Maiti Nepal – a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. She won the CNN Hero of the year in 2010.Currently, Maiti Nepal operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, as well as transit homes at the Indo-Nepal border towns, preventive homes in the countryside, and an academy in Kathmandu. As the name suggests, Maiti Nepal ("maiti" meaning "mother's home" in Nepali) has been a refuge for women rescued from the brothels in India. The women can stay in the homes run by Maiti Nepal until they are able to return to their homes or if not accepted by their parents they may stay until they become able to live on their own.Maiti Nepal also works on reuniting the rescued women with their families, patrolling Indo-Nepal border with police and other law enforcement authorities and also rescuing trafficked women from the brothels in India with the help of Indian authorities.
· 5.Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC): Pushpa Basnet is a social worker and the Founder/President of Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) and Butterfly Home, non profit organizations, in Kathmandu, Nepal. She and her organization work to strengthen the rights of children living behind bars with their imprisoned parents. Her efforts have been recognized by the National and International Media, since she was nominated for the CNN Heroes Award 2012.
Our ultimate objective with this project it to, in our small way, prevent human trafficking within Nepal, and promote health, literacy, and women's empowerment.
Any donation to help us achieve our goals is extremely appreciated. Thank you.