Nepal Partner Helps Community Recover from Modern Slavery
As a humanitarian organization, ER staff see a lot of heartbreaking situations around the world that deserve compassionate response. Our partner Pokhara Child Care Center (PHCC) in Nepal is helping one community recover from something truly unimaginable – modern slavery. Leaders from PHCC recently visited the ex-slave community to distribute supplies and provide medical help.
PCCC’s vision is to show love and mercy to poor, needy and high-risk children in Nepal, rescue them, provide relief and protection and establish them in the community. They do this by visiting the poor, refugees and forgotten people in their region. This includes a group of ex-slaves who are trying to learn how to navigate their freedom with few resources.
Read Karak’s gripping account of how the Tharu people became enslaved:
“This group is called the Tharu people. They are poor and uneducated. Whenever they needed money or food, they would to go to rich people called the Jamindar – a group that owns a lot of property – and ask with them to loan them money or food.
“A Tharu man would ask for Rs 500 ($5 U.S.) as a loan. But because he was uneducated and didn’t know how to read, he was given Rs 500 but tricked into agreeing to pay back Rs 5000 – an amount he could not pay back in his lifetime. So the Jamindar told him because you are not able to pay back my money, then you must serve in my home and farm.
So the Tharu submitted to the Jamindar and entire families became Kamaiya (slavery). The Jamindar provided food, shelter and secondhand clothing for them, but the Tharu lost their freedom. This continued for three-quarters of a generation until 2001. The Tharu then fought for their freedom and the Nepal government set them free from slavery.
“However, they became homeless and without food or money. So they went to jungle and made shelters of dry grass. During the winter, many Tharu children and older people died from hunger and a lack of warm clothes.
“We’ve been helping them since 2001. We provide food, clothing, medical treatment and child education. On May 1, 2018, we distributed food and clothing. We also organized a free medical camp and treated 1,500 people, including surgeries. We also built three schools for the community and provided 300 sets of school uniforms.
“The Nepal government recently gave each family a small piece of property and land to build a school. We visited an ex-slavery settlement camp and school. This school is government school but does not have enough teachers, no recreational opportunities and lacks infrastructure.”
Interested in helping the PCCC care for the Tharu community? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCCC Responds to Quake Needs in Nepal
By Allen Allnoch, ER Writer
(June 5, 2017)
ER supports the efforts of our partners who reach out to the victims of local disasters. Read more about the Nepal earthquake response here.
Little by little, the area is rebuilding, and ER partner Pokhara Child Care Center (PCCC) is doing its part to help.
PCCC’s Karak Tamang spends much of his time traveling the Nepalese countryside, seeking ways they can help their neighbors. Recently his work took him to the village of Nuwakot Derail, where he had not always been welcome – some 32 years ago he was forced to leave there because of his religious beliefs.
“But now they needed help and this time they welcomed me,” he said.
The earthquake had destroyed Deurali’s drinking water line. PCCC installed 1,100 meters of pipe and got the system back on line, providing clean water for some 400 residents.
PCCC also recently provided a water line, a water collection tank and school uniforms for the Chepang people in a remote area outside the city of Kamle.
“Most of the children were not going to school,” Karak said. “When they are 13 or 14 years old, they leave school, get married and become mothers. So to encourage them to go to school, we distributed 62 school uniforms.”
PCCC now is working on a water project that will serve Tibetan refugees, and another school uniform project in the village of Ramnagar.
This is gritty, in-the-trenches work in a region marked by harsh terrain and difficult conditions. Extreme Response is blessed to have partners such as PCCC who are helping fulfill the mission to “change the lives of those living in extreme, often life-threatening, situations.”
Pokhara Child Care Center serves people living in extreme conditions in central Nepal. Learn more here.