The guesthouse portion of the MountainChild Gateway Project in the Khorla Besi area is nearing completion. Once the project is completed, it will provide sustainable jobs to locals as well as easier access to CARRY HOPE to the surrounding villages.
"Compared with education or medicine, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) interventions, such as managing a water pump or building latrines, offer scope for greater involvement of the community." This is a specific article pertaining to WASH programs within Nepal, that when done effectively and through identifying community aspects, can reduce conflict by promoting peace-building and state-building. WASH programs are one of several ways that MountainChild is carrying hope to the children of the Himalayas. We are passionate about equipping and empowering communities for long-term sustainability and improvements in health through appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and education.
Today is World Refugee Day.
In the 1990’s, the Bhutanese government stripped people of ethnic Nepali origin of their Bhutanese citizenship and forced them into exile, back into Nepal. Any person that had ancestors from Nepal was no longer welcome in Bhutan. To encourage people to leave their home country, the Bhutanese government banned traditional Nepali clothing, burned Nepali artifacts and books, and banned the practice of Hinduism, the religion of most Nepalese people. Because of discrimination, Nepali children were often kidnapped from their parents. The government reportedly did these things to protect Bhutanese culture.
Because of citizenship laws, the Bhutanese refugees, even though they are of Nepali origin, aren’t considered legal Nepali citizens.
In January 2013, the Bhutanese refugee population in Nepal was estimated to be 40,971 individuals, who live in refugee camps in the southeastern part of the country with little to no economic opportunity. As of 2014, Bhutanese refugees no longer figure on the list of UNHCR priority situations. However, by the end of 2014, there will remain around 18-19,000 refugees for whom a sustainable solution must be found.
We’ve been talking about the 2nd Annual Worldwide Hike 4 Hope. You may ask, how can I participate? Here’s how.
· You can register as an individual, get sponsors, and get your feet moving.
· You can become a team leader, encourage your team to get sponsors, and organize walking / hiking / running dates and locations for your team. Team member can hike individually, just encourage one another towards their goals and to keep moving!
· You can join a team and find sponsors to support you and the work of MountainChild.
· You can sponsor a team by donating online at www.mountainchild.org/donate, or by making a check payable to MountainChild. Designate your donation to hike4hope and participant’s name.
· Spread the word! Use social media. Like us on Facebook and Use Facebook, Twitter and other social sites to tell others about Hike for Hope. Send us your creative Hike for Hope pictures, videos and other updates to post!
Get active with family, friends, or even your pets. Split up the miles over multiple days or do it all in one day, the choice is yours. Walk around your neighborhood, pick your favorite trail, track, or park. You can even work out on the treadmill in the comfort of air conditioning. Whichever way you choose, it is a healthy choice for a great cause! Every mile counts. Every dollar, pound, won or rand counts. No goal is too big or small, it all helps raise awareness and carry hope!
Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
In honor of Dad and Father’s Day, the AmazonSmile Foundation is donating an extra $5 for each customer who shops at smile.amazon.com in support of MountainChild through 6/15/14.
If you have any shopping to do, remember to enter MountainChild’s name to support the children of the Himalayas.
There are 27 million slaves worldwide with 16,000-20,000 being trafficked from Nepal annually. Most don’t survive past their mid-30’s and of those that do survive, many are re-trafficked.
Why is trafficking so prevalent in Nepal? Most Nepali’s live on less than $2 a day leading to economic disparity. 6 out of 10 of all the slaves worldwide are forced laborers in South Asia.
MountainChild collaborates and joins hands with over 30 organizations in Nepal to end this travesty. Community awareness, rescuing and raising those that are at risk, providing an education, and providing a therapeutic art program are only some of the things we are doing in the anti-trafficking arena.
How can you join hands with us and end trafficking? The long term answer comes in fighting poverty and income inequality through reformed economic policy development work and job creation. The short term answer is to increase the risk to consumers and slave owners through stricter universal fines and jail time.
What else? You can:
*Raise Awareness - Share with others what you know, share the books; “Not For Sale,” “Sold,” & “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery”
*Financial Support - Give to an anti-trafficking NGO. Even if slavery ended today, there would be at least a million women and children in need of shelter, health care, counseling, etc.
*Volunteer - help an NGO write grants, raise money, create media, do accounts, build websites, print brochures, etc.
*Community Vigilance - 1/3 of all trafficking victims in the US are discovered by individuals, not the police.
*Write a Letter - Petition lawmakers for stricter penalties.
*Social Media - Make a short video, post on a blog, etc.
*Pray - Gender Inequality and poverty can’t end overnight, so prayer is our greatest tool.
*Know Where Your Money Goes - Slaves also exist for labor. Buy fair trade products and visitwww.slaveryfootprint.org.
*Develop the Economy - Give to NGO’s doing development work in countries with high incidents of trafficking.
To partner with MountainChild in our ongoing task of ending trafficking, visit www.mountainchild.org/donateor email us at email@example.com to volunteer.
In order to fight the travesty called trafficking, organizational collaboration is compulsory. MountainChild is resolute in working together with other organizations because we know that we are better together.
We recently gave a grant to help in this area and “The Freedom Registry” has just launched a dialogue within their Freedom Library named, “Collaboration,” found here.
The Freedom Dialogues video found on the page is a mini video podcast series that examines emerging human trafficking issues with leading experts.
We are thankful for the action of other organizations and look forward to collaborating to end this issue.