Nepal

Jun 10
2011

A new partner!

DolmaIn our recent travels to Nepal, we were blessed in meeting a wonderful Tibetan refugee woman named Dolma Pasang. Sitting under a shade tree making lovely jewelry is where we found Dolma on our first day in Pokhara. She remembered our founder who had talked with her on a previous trip and our friendly conversation easily found it’s way to business. We asked her to make some of her extraordinarily beautiful jewelry for a special sale event at Eternal Threads and she enthusiastically agreed because she needed the money for her children’s school fees. We were so pleased with the uniqueness and quality of her work that we ordered more than we actually thought she could produce in such a short time. We worried about it, but found there was no need for worry.

It was then that we realized we might have a new partner and jewelry project because Dolma, just by being who she is, showed us that she is the embodiment of the Eternal Threads mission. She enlisted needy women in her refugee community to help so that they too would benefit, she helped us source product with honesty and commitment to help us with our goals for Eternal Threads and then she did something really amazing…

We had given her our brochure and business cards so she had a friend help her look up the Eternal Threads website on the computer. The day before we left she came to deliver the last of the jewelry that she and the other ladies had made and told us about seeing the website. She was so happy to see the work of Eternal Threads and in her words, “how hard you are working to help so many women.” She brought a bag full of beads that she uses to make her own jewelry to sell, but she wanted to donate them to Eternal Threads saying that she wants to be part of helping carry on our work.

Dolma is the kind of partner that Eternal Threads has been blessed with in all of our projects. We are hoping that her jewelry is a big success (it will be on the website as soon as we can) so that we can start a project with her and the women who need the help in her community.

Watch our YouTube video of Dolma making a piece of jewelry.

Apr 7
2011

Meet the Border Girls

Name: protected for security reasons
Home Country: Nepal
Mission: Staffing the anti-trafficking border units that Eternal Threads’ partner manages. Eternal Threads sponsors two of these units as well as the Safe House where many rescued girls live.
Goal: Prevent as many girls as possible from being taken across the Nepal/India border into Indian brothels and a life of sexual slavery. 12,000 – 15,000 girls a year are trafficked across this open border.

These amazing young women pictured here with Brittany Partridge, the founder of the Red Thread Movement possess courage and commitment beyond their years. Sadly we have had to blur their beautiful faces in order to protect them. Eternal Threads recently met with them and our Nepalese partner in Bombay so that we could all be witness to what happens to Nepalese girls that are trafficked into brothels in cities like Bombay. There was quite a contrast between this photo shoot at India’s Gate in Bombay and the time we spent in a brothel area where there are as many as 15,000 – 20,000 young Nepalese women who have been trafficked. Our partner began monitoring these border crossings four years ago and is constantly endeavoring to find even better ways to not only prevent the girls from being trafficked, but raise awareness in vulnerable communities and set up income generating projects to protect girls from being enticed to take jobs that don’t exist.

The girls were profoundly affected by what they saw in the brothel…the abuse and inhumane conditions. In their own words:

“I’m free, I’m not in captivity. They are the same as me…one in freedom and one in captivity.”

“I saw myself and my sisters in that position and I felt pain in my heart. What if we were there?”

“I felt very sad in my heart. I don’t know what to say to them.”

CNN iReport:
CNN launched it’s Freedom Project just before Eternal Threads went to Bombay. Our founder took this video of Brittany Partridge in the brothel area and uploaded it from there to CNN. Please watch and spread the word. The Red Thread Movement will be able to be part of this continuing challenge on CNN.

Buy red thread bracelets made by rescued girls, here.
Spread the word to Youth Groups or anyone who might help sell the bracelets.
Follow Brittany’s blog while she in the safe house in Nepal, here.