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We have worked in the United States since 2016, starting girls’ empowerment clubs and trainings which aim to educate child care professionals and youth about how to identify and intervene in human trafficking.
Beneficiaries of this training include educators, foster care, the transportation and service industry, and anyone who comes into contact with minors on a regular basis. The youth version of this training helps adolescents become more aware of the issue, know what to do and how to recognise when their peers are affected.
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.