MountainChild exists for the purpose of raising awareness, resources, and financial aid for humanitarian work carried out amongst impoverished children living in the Himalayas. Our research shows that 15,000 – 20,000 children with an average age of 12 years old are trafficked every year in Nepal. MountainChild is working tirelessly to fight human trafficking in Nepal through community awareness, education, helping those at risk, supporting survivors, and partnering with 30 other organizations in Nepal whose focus is ending human trafficking in Nepal.
Location(s) Where We Work
All of our anti-trafficking efforts are focused on the people of Nepal, with many trafficking victims coming from remote areas.
Our origins began in 2000 when short term exploratory teams traveled to the region to investigate reports of severe medical, social, educational, and environmental challenges facing the children of the Himalayas. The founder of MountainChild writes of his experience on that trip: “Having a face to face encounter with children in the mountains who were being sold into sexual slavery was more than I could bear. It was as if a sledge hammer descended upon my heart shattering it into a thousand pieces.
I decided to do something.” From there, the work of MountainChild began: to bring hope to the children of the Himalayas and to empower them to become carriers of hope to their people.
Human Trafficking in the Himalayas remains a rampant injustice in the form of commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary servitude with an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 persons trafficked in Nepal every year. Trafficking of girls from Nepal into India for forced prostitution is perhaps one of the busiest slave trafficking routes anywhere in the world, with an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 Nepali women trafficked across the border every year and an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Nepali trafficked persons still in India. In many cases, relatives or acquaintances deceive the parents with the promise of a better life in the city for their children, only to exploit them into sex trafficking.
MountainChild is joining the fight against trafficking through a variety of programs. First of all, we are working to prevent trafficking through community awareness programs and by providing alternative options for families and children at risk. Through our awareness programs, we can help to educate villagers about the realities of trafficking and how traffickers typically lie to deceive families. Through our community development programs, RANCH program, and work in the area of education, we are helping to transform the lives of those most at risk of trafficking in order to prevent them from becoming future victims.
MountainChild also runs an Anti-Trafficking Center (ATC). This center serves many purposes. It is the home base of our anti-trafficking efforts. It also provides a meeting place for a group of 30 different organizations in Nepal that share ideas and cooperate in their efforts to fight trafficking in Nepal. MountainChild is one of these 30 organizations. The ATC is also the home of MountainChild’s Art Recovery Program. This program is for survivors of human trafficking. Through the medium of art, these girls find a voice and learn to express themselves and embark on a path to emotional freedom and lasting change. By hosting teams of people from around the world that are interested in fighting trafficking, we are also raising awareness and joining hands with others who wish to see an end to human trafficking in Nepal.
Our Partnership with Secor.cc
We are so privileged and honored at the opportunity to partner with Secorr.cc to fight human trafficking in Nepal. Together we will carry hope to victims of human trafficking and work to prevent future trafficking in Nepal.