An Eternal Threads team departed on Wednesday, August 28th for a visit to Nepal. The team includes Eternal Threads’ founder, Linda Egle, board member, Diane Rose, and two staff members, Breahna Jordan and Abby Youngblood. Breahna is the director of the Red Thread Movement and Abby will be remaining in Nepal to live in the safe house for nine months. We are so excited that she will be able to serve this ministry in such a powerful way…spending time with the girls and helping our partner with so many tasks.
UPDATE: With a little more drama than we would have liked at the DFW airport today, we are all on our way to Nepal. We are going different routes, but will meet up in Frankfurt for the last legs to Delhi, India and Kathmandu. Don’t you love that name – Kat-Man-Du!!!! I always get a kick out of saying it.
I’m very anxious to see our Nepal partner, the staff and especially the rescued girls in the safe houses. It is always the greatest blessing and the reward for traveling half way round the world to be able to be with them. They are the reason for it all and they are worth it!!! Their courage, resiliency and their willingness to build a new life is inspirational in ways that are hard to describe. They have come from remote mountain villages where they may have never had an opportunity to go to school, where they helped with household chores from the time they were little girls that most women never have to do…collecting wood and feed for animals, building open fires for cooking, and carrying water home from the stream. Their families are desperately poor and they may have even suffered abuse in their own homes, which made them especially vulnerable to traffickers. As most Nepalese people are, they are sweet and humble even after being deceived and abused by the traffickers.
It is the love and compassion they receive from the young women “manning” the border stations who rescue them, the house mothers and other rescued girls in the safe houses that gives them the confidence that they can rebuild their lives. Receiving vocational training in sewing or beautician training gives them the practical skills needed for that life. Every time you give a “gift” of a sewing machine to someone from our website, you are empowering these girls.
I’ve never been on the border at exactly the right time to witness a rescue first hand, but I love to hear the dramatic stories of their rescue. This news report appeared in a Nepal newspaper of one such rescue. Usha Gurung who did the rescue is the most senior staff member of KI Nepal. These girls are amazing…knowledgeable and courageous. They are not willing to let anyone slip through their grasp. I can’t wait to tell Usha…”good for you and thank you.”
BHAIRAHAWA – A teenage girl from Tanahu district, who was being trafficked to India by three men, was rescued from Belahiya border in Rupandehi district on Wednesday evening. …an organization working against human trafficking, rescued 17-year-old Sima Thapa as a group of traffickers were trying to take her across the border. The three men fled leaving behind Thapa when they were stopped at a check post. Thapa, a native of Arunodaya VDC-3 in Tanahu, was drugged by the three men she had met in a passenger bus headed for Bhimad Bazaar. “When I woke up I was in Belahiya. They threatened to kill me if I did not do what they told me. I relented and walked along with them,” said Thapa. While two of the traffickers walked ahead to cross the border, Thapa was instructed to walk along with the third man and identify him as her uncle if inquired. Usha Gurung, in-charge of … Belahiya check post, said Thapa’s nervous expression suggested something was suspicious about her being there with a man. “When we stopped them for questioning, she first said that the man was her uncle. Not convinced, we pressed her to tell the truth when the man ran away. She later told us what had happened to her,” said Gurung. Police Inspector Mohan Bahadur Khand of the Belahiya Area Police Office said Thapa was handed over to her parents on Thursday.
Stay tuned…hopefully we’ll be blogging several times during the visit.