When girls and young women are enticed by traffickers to leave their mountain villages for the false promise of a job or marriage, the journey is long and often treacherous. They spend two days getting to the Nepal-India border…one day of walking and another day on buses. Sadly, along that journey many of the girls are abused.
When they reach the border where Eternal Threads’ partner has anti-trafficking units, they are approached by young women in purple who watch the border diligently. By this time some of the girls have realized that they have been deceived, and ask to be rescued. Others have to be convinced by the girls in purple what might happen to them if they cross the border into India.
When they are rescued, the best part of the journey has begun. There are many words to describe it…healing, restoration, redemption, transformational and miraculous!
This is Gita’s story ~
I met Gita for the first time when I visited the safe house in Nepal. She had just been rescued from traffickers. As you would expect, she was withdrawn and traumatized. She kept to herself and had not yet become friends with the other girls who welcome newcomers with open arms. When I visited again a year later, she was sitting on the porch making red thread bracelets with the other girls. It is a pastime that gives them community, and money for a savings account. The transformation was incredible. She was smiling, chatting and laughing with the other girls. At one point she threw her head back and smiled in an amazing display of absolute joy. She has since returned to her home village and finished secondary school. She is now enjoying that new life that comes from a journey of restoration. One of her greatest passions is warning other girls in the villages about the dangers of trafficking.
Whether you have thought about it or not, as a supporter of Eternal Threads you have walked every step of the journey with these girls, and the women we endeavor to serve around the world. Giving a woman education, vocational training and income for their handmade products is transformational in the developing world. It is a major leap on that journey to sustaining their own lives. It GIVES HOPE which is tangible and inspiring.
We need help in being able to continue the vital work we do for these women. Eternal Threads is launching a fundraising drive on GIVING TUESDAY (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.) Would you help us expand our reach by sharing our blog, newsletters and FB posts over the next two weeks…it can make a huge difference. Please like and follow our Facebook so you can share our posts. You can also “like” our Instagram posts so that other people will see us.
Thank you for joining us on the journey!