About Us

Meet our Officers and Board of Directors

"We are very excited to work with Garima Nepal to aid human trafficking victims and reduce the risk to potential victims through education, awareness and the employment of returning victims."

 

"We want to make the community aware so that they don’t send their daughters abroad to earn money, so that they don’t get trapped and forcefully involved in the flesh trade. This awareness program is about how we can do something now as a society. We can do something so that we don’t have to send our girls to India or other places to earn money…”  — Devi Nepali

Garima Nepal's Board of Directors in Kathmandu

Standing, left to right: Arun shahi, Subash Biswokarma, Niran Karki, ManKaji Rai, Kishan Nepali

Seated, left to right: Deena Deula, Devi Chaulagai (Nepali), Tara Kumari Basnet, Bindra Dewan

Devi Nepali

President of Garima Nepal

  • Elected as a female representative of ward 19 Kumaripati lalitpur Nepal  for 5 yrs (2017-2022).
  • Worked as a Social worker, work among human trafficked victims in Kolkata.
  • Worked as a Hostel In-charge at Prison Fellowship Nepal

Kishan Nepali

Vice President                                                              

  • Minister - Anglican church 
  • Social workeramong human trafficked victims
  • Worked as a Assistant Manager in a social organization
  • Worked as a teacher in Gloria School

Mankaji Rai

Secretary 

                                                              

  • Pastor, Prabitra Darshan Church, Kathmandu

Sabash Bishowkarma

Vice Secretary

  • Former Program Co-ordinator of Dalit Adhikar Manch Nepal
  • Members of Gandaki Youth society Nepal
  • Work in Hospitality industries as a chef and Co-ordinator

Niran Karki

Treasurer

  • Graduate in accounts and finance.

  • Treasurer Anglican Youth committee.

  • Sunday class teacher at Golgatha church and in other social sectors.

Garima Nepal's Officers

Garima Nepal's President, Devi Nepali speaking at a human trafficking awareness program in  Sindhupalchowk, Nepal.

To see the video click here.

A word from our President...

 

Nepal is known all over the world for its natural beauty. Even though it is very rich in natural resources, Nepal’s financial situation is poor due to the ongoing instability of the country and lack of good governance. Our country is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world--out of 186 countries our country is 156th as measured by GDP per capita according to the World Bank in 2015.

 

In the beautiful mountains of the Himalayas, however, live some of the most simple and beautiful folks of Nepal. With the limited resources available in rural villages, many villagers are trapped in poverty. With no proper birth control, most families have more children than they can feed. In a male-dominated society, girls are considered liabilities because when they get married, parents have to prepare a handsome dowry for them. In a country whose economy is almost nonexistent, an extra mouth to feed becomes a heavy burden to the family. So, many parents are willing to get rid of their girls by marrying them off at a young age to almost any man. Thus, many Nepalese girls fall into the clutches of greedy middlemen who later sell them to brothels in India that use them as sex-slaves.

 

Many of the girls are barely nine or ten years old. 200,000 to over 250,000 Nepalese women and girls are already in Indian brothels. The girls are sold by poor parents, tricked into fraudulent marriages, or promised employment in towns only to find themselves in India's brothels. They're locked up for days, starved, beaten, and burned with cigarettes until they learn how to service up to 25 clients a day. Some girls go through 'training' before being initiated into prostitution, which can include constant exposure to pornographic films, tutorials in how to 'please' customers, and repeated rapes.

 

Trafficking in women and girls is easy along the 1,740 mile-long open border between India and Nepal. Trafficking Nepalese women and girls is less risky than smuggling even narcotics into India. Traffickers ferry large groups of girls at a time without the hassle of paperwork or threats of police checks. The procurer-pimp-police network makes the process even smoother. Bought for as little as 1,000 Nepalese rupees, or just a bit more than nine US dollars, girls have been known to fetch up to Rs 30,000 ($282) in later transactions. Police are paid by brothel owners to ignore the situation. Girls may not leave the brothels until they have repaid their debt, at which time they are sick with HIV and/or tuberculosis, and often have children of their own.

 

The areas used by traffickers to procure women and girls are the isolated districts of Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Makwanpur, Dhading and Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal where the population is largely illiterate.

 

Even when they are allowed to be released, most of them cannot return back to their homes in Nepal as it is considered a real disgrace and embarrassment to have daughters who have become prostitutes. Therefore, many remain in India and continue to work in the red light district. Some who are willing to leave the trade find it impossible to get a job.  

How TheoEco is helping our ministry.

 

The TheoEco Institute has been a massive blessing to us. Steve and Bobbie are helping us sell our products in the United States and across the world, opening the online Etsy shop “Garden of Nepal” to bring prosperity to the human trafficking victims via the promotion of our work.

 

Not only this, but TheoEco is helping us raise funds for the expenses required for the awareness programs and other efforts for at-risk Tamang girls. With their help we will also be able to provide more job opportunities to the rescued girls.

 

We aim to create an environment for these girls to work freely without hiding their own identity, meanwhile receiving a living wage. We thank TheoEco very much for joining their hands with us and for giving hope to these oppressed girls.

Our Goals and Budget for 2018

— Steve Richards

Managing Director, TheoEco Institute

Our 2018 goals call for:

 

  1. An increase in the number and reach of our awareness programs - $3,780
  2. An increase in the number of at-risk children we are planning to educate via private and governement schools  - $11,466.00
  3. Seed money for a soap-making facility to compliment the jewelry making capabilities already under operation - $1,585
  4. Office set-up - $3,300

For more please click here to review our budget.

  

In order for Garima Nepal to reach these goals it needs donations as well as proceeds from its Garden of Nepal jewelry sales.

 

To make a tax deductible donation via the TheoEco Institute please click on the button:

 

To buy some awesome jewelry at a great price, made by and for human trafficking victims and prevention go to the Garden of Nepal store by clicking on the sign: 

  

Garima Nepal's team with awareness program audience in Nuwakot, Nepal