She Has Hope rescues and rehabilitates human trafficking survivors with the goal of restoring them to a life full of hope. Burdened by the alarming rate of Nepali girls who go missing due to being trafficked within South Asia, She Has Hope was founded in 2012 in partnership with local Nepali leadership.
In 2015 they broadened the reach of our trafficking response program to include The Philippines and Uganda. All proceeds from the sales of their handmade crafts directly support their programs. She Has Hope operates under the guidance and oversight of Peace Gospel International, a charitable organization that began its work in 1993 to serve orphans, child labor victims, and young trafficking survivors in Asia and Africa. They have achieved Gold level status (the highest level) with GuideStar Exchange, the premier source for nonprofit information and transparency (click to review their profile).
She Has Hope's response to the human trafficking crisis in Asia and Africa can be summarized in five categories as follows:
She Has Hope conducts an ongoing human trafficking awareness campaign to train susceptible young Nepali girls how to avoid the false promises and deceptive offers of traffickers. They have carried out such training workshops in over 100 schools, providing over 8,000 Nepali girls with life-saving trafficking avoidance skills. In Uganda and The Philippines, they conduct similar efforts through the education of at-risk girls, while also providing empowerment for their mothers through craft and skill development schools.
Their kiosk at one of the busier Nepal-India border crossings serves as an important lookout for trafficking activity. Their staff has been trained to look for unusual behavior such as men traveling with teenage girls, and to tip off the nearby border police in such circumstances.
She Has Hope's vigilant team has helped rescue several girls straight from the traffickers. This has led to the incarceration of a number of those perpetrating these horrible crimes.
Rescued girls are provided shelter and hospitality at their transition home at the border until they can determine the best course of action for the girls. Most are enrolled in their rehabilitation home.
In response to the human trafficking crisis in South Asia, She Has Hope operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu that is home to several Nepali girls and young ladies rescued from desperate situations. At this home, they receive counseling and medical care, room & board, literacy classes, and become proficient in several craft-making, seamstress, cooking and gardening skills through daily coursework offered by their full-time teachers.
She Has Hope works to equip girls enrolled at the ‘She Has Hope’ rehabilitation home with everything they need to stand on their own, healed and full of hope. Their Nepali rehabilitation home is a great success:
Over 70 girls have graduated, and of these, 8 girls have started their own businesses.
The other graduates are either married or have found jobs related to their newly acquired skills.
In all three of their project locations, their goal is sustainability. In Nepal, the garden project at their rehabilitation home continues to flourish—this year they have harvested eggplants, green beans, corn, radishes, potatoes, spinach, green onions, and garlic. The garden project not only provides the girls with nutritious ingredients for their meals but also equips them with knowledge of advanced gardening techniques. They leave the home knowing how to start their own gardens to provide for themselves. In addition to the garden project, their native staff also operates a farmland outside the city which further contributes to their sustainability goals.
Last but not least, the goal of She Has Hope crafts sales is to close the gap and create 100% sustainability in our Nepal program funding by 2020.
In Uganda, the women enrolled in their program not only craft the beautiful products you see here in the shop, but also participate in maintaining a garden project and a catering company which further empowers them with fair wages as well as generating funding for the program. In the Philippines, their trafficking response program is funded in part by a farmland project which includes banana and coconut groves, vegetable gardens, a henhouse and a fishery.
You can help support She Has Hope’s work in fighting human trafficking by purchasing their beautiful hand-crafted products and support their artisans at their Online Shop. You can also donate to their organization. They are a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Another way to support them is to purchase our shirts and spread the word about this wonderful organization! 10% of our sales from now until February 16, 2017 will be donated to She Has Hope.
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