P R E V E N T I O N
The best measures of protection against exploitation are locally driven efforts beginning in the most affected communities.
Prevention clubs mobilise and equip citizens to protect, intercept and restore youth at risk. Activities are designed to raise awareness, educate, and equip local participants about the risks of child trafficking and systematic abuse of young girls. Efforts include children advocating for their peers, girls' clubs that build self-worth, women cooperating to keep girls in school, and community leaders upholding children's rights. Other clubs aim to intercept girls being trafficked or trapped in abuse and restore them to their families or guide them to a restoration shelter.
TARGETING THE RISK FACTORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The root causes of human trafficking can be traced to lack of self image, supportive community, and healthy relationships. Empower, our girls club curriculum, was written so that girls can take the obstacles, hardships and pressures that are so often placed upon them and turn them into something good. It teaches them to turn challenges into learning experiences, enabling them to emerge stronger and better equipped for the world that they face. In fact, this is why Empower was created in the first place: to provide girls a community in which they learn how to embrace and reveal their inner beauty.
Our curriculum consist of two handbooks that are used by club coordinators. These are the family strengthening curriculum and the girls empowerment club curriculum ("Empower" in English, and "Bhitri Sundarta" in Nepali).
Empower consists of lessons around building character, overcoming challenges, growing up, influencing others well, and planning for the future. Meetings consist of foundational lessons designed to build a sense of community and friendship amongst young girls and strengthen self-image, social skills and healthy habits. Each meeting is composed of a lesson, discussion, activities and a sample journal prompt for girls to record their thoughts. The lessons are adaptable to different age groups, religious affiliations and educational systems.
Meetings that address positive thinking are designed to help girls discover healthy ways of dealing with stress and difficult situations. Those that address facing obstacles and enduring hardship, on the other hand, are meant to allow a space where girls can identify and tackle the challenges they face, whether at home, school or in their communities.
GIRLS CHOICE FOUNDATION
Develop child-friendly messaging on issues such as trafficking, child rights, and abuse
Strengthen our club to become more sustainable and reach the community with awareness education
Empower one another and teach our friends about their rights
To promote girl child rights and support and protect each other from trafficking and abuse in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Thali Miniland School club in Kathmandu, Nepal is a student led club that formed just after the 2015 earthquake. The girl students (and few boys who are invited to join) took action when faced with harassment at school. They meet weekly to discuss matters and listen to one another, work though the "Bhitri Sundarta" (Inner Beauty) curriculum, and raise funds for needy children in their community. These girls have gained confidence and support one another with the encouragement of their parents and school principal. Now, they are training girls from a nearby school to start their own club! The club spreads awareness of trafficking and abuse, and now these children are teaching their peers about their rights and encouraging each other to stay in school… It seems the Girls’ Choice Foundation can do just about anything!