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GHYANGPHEDI, NEPAL — Construction is moving along on our Girls Empowerment Center & Dormitory in the Nuwakot District of Nepal.
Workers have completed the excavation and retaining wall, and are now preparing the foundation. This process takes a long time due to treacherous terrain and being in one of the largest earthquake-prone environments of the world. Careful architectural design and engineering are necessary and this phase should not be rushed.
This project is building a dormitory and learning center in the remote access Nepali Himalayas. Our center will provide equal access to education and accommodation for girls who live over a 2.5-hour trek from school and are at-risk for child sex trafficking and orphan trafficking. A dormitory has been identified by communities in this District as a very clear way to ensure girls can attend school since 70% of victims are illiterate, disempowered, and living in poverty. 12 This project also supports the Nepal Government National Plan to eliminate child trafficking, outlined by the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM).
We are starting to develop the leadership & self-development program with our partner Community Leadership Nepal and RedPanda Women’s Group, and we are creating the social entrepreneurial component with NMB Bank.