Dhangadhi, Nepal is 1.5 kilometers from the India border. A river and bridge separate the two. No Himalayan Mountain romantic tourism exists here whatsoever! What does exist here and all along the India/Nepal border is a battle-ground for the hearts, minds and bodies of young victims and potentials of human trafficking.
GHNI-Nepalese staff and Dan were privileged to host this week, 10 women who attended GHNI’s focused anti-human trafficking conference. Slavery abounds and is growing across the planet, especially in areas where increased wealth and extreme poverty exist in proximity. Human trafficking is the viaduct for many forms of slavery. And this geographical area is prime ground for such. These women were mentored through targeted lessons on awareness, prevention, escape from, identifying and mentoring out those trapped in being trafficked. Varied in age and vocational extremes, each carried away enough new knowledge, relationships and experience to help them mentor others in some capacity.
It is estimated that tens of thousands of women and children are trafficked in some way from Nepal(or via Nepal) into India each year. Most enter the sex industry, with little hope of ever escaping its deeply dark recesses.
A hearty “Thanks” goes out to you for also being such a great help to these women, via your contributions and support of GHNI! Dan
GHNI Gains Presence in the United Nations !!!
This is such fantastic news for GHNI and you who support this your labor of love for the poor …
Isabelle Bourgeois is a recent addition to GHNI as our Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A native of Geneva, Switzerland, home of GHNI headquarters, Isabelle has worked for many years on the United Nations stage for a wide variety of human rights issues.
With a multidisciplinary training and a master degree in humanitarian action, she is engaged for more than 25 years with NGOs and associations working alongside the most vulnerable. Isabelle enables GHNI to be a global active player at the international level of the United Nations movement, working to strengthen ties between Human Rights efforts, the International Community in Geneva, and GHNI.
Isabelle launched her efforts with GHNI by presenting the following speech at a United Nations Side Event*—an event outside official United Nations meetings, organized for the purpose of sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among the meetings’ participants.
A Participatory Approach in the Community Projects
By, Isabelle Bourgeois
We are all aware of the challenges connected to each other, inseparable that arise in the world. The situation remains very fragile. The load for all is growing. The needs are enormous and constantly increasing. They are factors of violence, protest and desertion of their living areas by the affected populations, in particular those affected by extreme poverty.
The NGO Global Hope Network International (GHNI) has experienced positive examples of communities transformed by the active participation of people, groups and villages belonging to the marginalized in the world’s poorest areas. For 12 years in 40 partnership countries, it offers emergency, humanitarian aid and initiates community projects of 3-5 years.
Despite the risks, Global Hope Network International (GHNI) makes it a priority to help and give hope in the most heavily insulated, inaccessible and poorly developed areas. By setting up and carrying out community development projects (TCD), the organization supports, motivates and equips communities so that everyone can participate in the decisions and actions affecting its own life, its own development and that of its entourage.
These collaborative projects are spaces for dialogue and training. They allow individuals to gain confidence in themselves and their relatives. They contribute to help people to have a sense of belonging, to be essential actors in the community while encouraged to stay and develop their own place of life.
It is a New Year and we take this time to celebrate your commitment to your work through us in Global Hope Network International. Regardless of the venue being clean water, agriculture, health/wellness, education, micro-enterprise, anti-human trafficking and the like … we are grateful for your part in all we are and do. Because of your giving, lives are being changed and lifted out of all types of poverty. TCD – Transformational Community Development. It’s what YOU do! Self-sustainability. It’s what YOU do!
Thank you! Your role in all this is vital! Please know this!
Dan and all of us GHNI staff in various countries of Asia, the Middle East and Africa
200 women came walking through the breezeway at 10:00am into an old building in Kolkata(Calcutta), India. During the time just before their day of work at the clothing center, it came in a strong grip to me … these women were actually “saved”, saved from the slavery of the sex trade industry. Photography and interviews were forbidden due to all types of risks to these women and those helping them. We were however allowed to speak openly with the leadership, in this one of seven organizations we the GHNI team investigated for our TCD work in the “source” villages these women came from. Words cannot describe how sobering it was. Most trickery and deception comes when the girls are hardly or not at all in puberty. Within a ½-mile radius of our location, there were 20,000 women in prostitution, with 40,000 clients each night. The 200 women in front of us seemed so few in comparison.
Back from Kolkata(Calcutta), India … where half of our trip was invested in building relationships and a deeper understanding of how GHNI can assist and work alongside people and organizations already involved in anti-human trafficking. “Sober” is putting it extremely lightly, as we the team of three began to delve into and more deeply understand this devastating and complex work among a diverse group of organizations and philosophies pressing into these needs. Photography and personal interviews were simply not allowed; and for many-MANY good reasons. It was an experience I will never forget! Please note picture is blurred for privacy issues.
GHNI is committed to TCD-Transformational Community Development for many reasons. One vital reason is that via TCD, incomes
become self-sustaining in villages; villages that are preyed upon by those sponsoring human trafficking. Our work and co-laborative efforts with other organizations fighting against human trafficking and sexual exploitation is vital. Working together with others, we in GHNI focus in on prevention at its core, preventing the reasons for these women and children from entering into exploitation environments to begin with.
February and early March, I will be part of a team that goes to Kolkata and a number of villages near there, working with anti-human trafficking TCD planning and doing media footage, seeking to raise awareness and funding for these crucial needs. Preparations are in full swing for this at present!