Maiti Nepal is a non-governmental organisation
working from a local community level to an international level.
It has its rehabilitation programme in Kathmandu; prevention homes
in the districts of Nuwakot, Makwanpur, and Nawalparasi; transit
homes at Ilam, Jhapa, Morang, Janakpur, Parsa, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi,
Banke, and Kailali and awareness and advocacy programmes in Chitwan,
Maiti Nepal has also been facilitating its rescue
and repatriation programmes in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Siliguri,
Kishangunj, and Pune in India.
In order to develop strong cross-border coordination
and networking between Nepal, India and Bangladesh, Maiti Nepal
initiated Cross Border Workshops and now it has become a regular
feature of the organisation's programme.
Maiti Nepal aims to help girls and women who
have nowhere else to turn: girl children from the streets, abandoned
children, bonded labourers and destitute women. Started in 1993,
Maiti Nepal runs a Child Protection and Rehabilitating Centre for
girls and women.
Maiti Nepal also works in different targeted
areas of Nepal where girl trafficking occurs.
1. Child Protection and Women Rehabilitation
Centre in Kathmandu.
- Looks after children between the ages of three
months to 19 months; others go to school for formal education.
- Teaches vocational training to the girls and
women. They are taught to make hats out of natural plant fibre,
strings and ropes, string beads, do fabric painting, sewing, stitching,
weaving and knitting.
- Counselling services are provided to girls
suffering from severe trauma. Physical check ups, hospitals visits,
and treatments are other regular activities. Identifying criminals,
filing cases against them, identifying and tracing parents, and
providing counselling and psychotherapy sessions are ongoing activities.
2. Prevention homes:
At present Maiti Nepal has three prevention homes,
one is at Chisapani, which lies on the border of Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk
district. The second one is in Hetauda-Makwanpur district and the
third one is in Bardaghat-Nawalparasi district.
- Conduct skill and income generating training
to high-risk girls who are in danger of being sold into prostitution.
- Provide non-formal education.
- Train the girls to become activists.
- Encourage formation of groups.
- Provide micro-credit for self-employment,
or to establish small cottage industries.
3. Transit homes
Presently, Maiti Nepal has nine Transit Homes
in Jhapa, Rupandehi, Parsa, Morang, Janakpur, Kailali, Ilam, Banke
- Provide a safe crisis shelter for a short
period for rescued children, girls and women.
- Ensure a safe passage to their respective
- Form surveillance teams and supports them
at the border points. Surveillance teams, in coordination with
government authorities, intercept girls and women who are in the
process of being trafficked, but without violating the rights
of freedom of migration of the girls and women.
4. Hospice at Jhapa
- Provide care, affection, and a homely environment
for terminally ill survivors of trafficking.
- Provides -24-hour medical care.
- Is a self-sustaining centre with vegetable
gardens and fishery looked after by the Hospice resident.
- As education is the best way to sustain people
and raise awareness, Maiti Nepal has established a pre-primary
school named Teresa Academy for children up to class 6, residing
at its Kathmandu Centre and for children of carpet workers, abandoned
children, orphans, lost and found children and so on.
- Identifying criminals and filing charges against
- Building networks and self-help groups.
- Public-awareness campaigns.
- Encouraging and mobilising students' involvement
in Fighting Against Girl Trafficking.
- Applying pressure on the government and law-enforcing
Details of the Proposed Project
Maiti Nepal has been working against trafficking
with the help of the above mentioned programmes for the past 10
years. Since its inception, Maiti Nepal has been focussing on activism.
But with the gradual growth of the institution Maiti Nepal seeks
to develop the institution with technical aspects e.g. human resource
development, office management set up etc. The need for this has
been realised to further enhance the work more efficiently and effectively.
In view of the development of human resource
we would like to propose a crash course on the basics of computer
including Windows, MSWord, MsExcel and MsPowerpoint. A similar kind
which was set up for the girls at Maiti Nepal last year. As the
girls of Maiti Nepal had a very difficult background, the time taken
to complete the course was 9 months. However, since these people
whom we propose the crash course for have a stronger background,
the time frame would be much less (around 2 months). Additionally,
they should also be trained for the multimedia system including,
creation and maintenance of database and the use of scanner and
printer and email/internet.
These focal points will be accompanied by the
girls previously trained, and will hold their own computer classes
for students capable of learning the new technology in the respective
Maiti Nepal proposes to South Asia Foundation
to provide equal funding for training of its field staff and for
the provision of computers to be installed in 15 of its branch offices
as listed below:
Transit Office -
1. Pashupatinagar - Ilam
2. Kakarbhitta - Jhapa
3. Biratnagar - Morang
4. Janakpur - Dhanusa
5. Birgunj - Parsa
6. Bhairawa - Rupendehi
7. Nepalgunj - Banke
8. Dhangadi - Kailali
9. Mahendranagar - Kanchanpur
10. Maheshpur - Nawalparasi
Prevention Home -
1. Chisapaani - Nuwakot
2. Bardaghat - Nawalparasi
3. Hetauda - Makwanpur
Satighatta - Jhap
Rehabilitation Centre -
Itahari - Sunsari
The reason for proposing to train the field staff
on database and multimedia is:
- The important documents of children, women,
patients are manually kept in paper files. This means that the
photographs of the girls who are trafficked are also usually lost
in the stack of files that are increasing and becoming overwhelmingly
difficult to manage.
- By teaching them the use of scanner/database/e-mail/internet,
they can keep easily retrievable files of pictures and data which
can be transmitted as and when required.
- Further, by keeping an electronic database,
information about everyone can be stored, and used extensively
over time, when there is a need to track information about a particular
As mentioned above, a two months' crash course
can be conducted for the field staff on multimedia and on using
computers and other accessories. The training would be provided
by SAF Nepal IT coordinator Mr. Rajesh Lamichhane and his colleague
in Kathmandu for two months.