“Ms. Anuradha Koirala is the Founder and Executive Director of Maiti Nepal. Born in Nepal and former English teacher, Ms. Koirala started Maiti Nepal in a small house in Kathmandu with her own savings. Today she is a widely recognized activist and lecturer who has dedicated her life to combating the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Her accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards. Her work is often dangerous and requires great personal sacrifice. The criminal elements that “deliver” young girls are a ruthless enemy and have political connections at the highest levels in India and Nepal. Maiti Nepal’s main office in Kathmandu has been destroyed twice and Maiti workers must travel with a bodyguard when overseeing rescue missions in India.
Her commitment has been an inspiration to her largely volunteer staff. Most of the workers are rescued girls and young women who are healthy enough to work. “They need little incentive from me,” states Ms Koirala. “They are working to help their sisters and they know the horror of the victims.” She adds, “Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life.” This content is cited from Friends of Maiti Nepal.
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Quoting from St. Basil and bringing the concept of child slavery home…check out this awesome post from one of our readers. Enjoy!
In the last post, I spoke a bit about the relevancy of the Church Fathers. As I was reading some more of Saint Basil today, I was struck by it’s relevancy once again. As we celebrate this Christmas season, let us remember that Christ came and died for all people – that includes the poor in our neighborhood, the refugees struggling to make new lives in our country, the poverty stricken in all the world including those forced to send their children into slavery and prostitution. Christ loved especially the sick and the needy. I find that I often love the idea of a beautiful home, nice clothes, romantic dates at nice restaurants, and enjoying the newest technologies much more than I love the sick and the needy. This same issue of selfishness over and against the poor and the needy was as relevant in AD 300 as it is…
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