FORCED TO WORK
My mother gave birth to three daughters, but most of Nepal thinks girls have little or no worth. My father abandoned us and married another woman for a chance to conceive a son. My sisters and mom were neglected, even by our maternal family. Things got worse when Mom was nearly murdered by my uncle. Her wound from the stabbing made her body too weak to work hard. We depended on others to give us a place to live, but we were a burden to them. I didn’t go to school for many years. Instead, I worked a job to help us survive.
Some of my friends wanted to go to India. They told me to go with them to have a better life, and I was very hopeful of that. When I crossed the border, a nonprofit called Our Daughters International inquired with me. They helped me realize that going to India was a trap for sex trafficking. Our Daughters protected me and gave me skills to sew garments.
A GOOD JOB WITH ELEGANTEES
I started taking classes for completion of Grade 8, and then was hired to work as a seamstress and make Elegantees clothing. I am very thankful for the chance to study and have a good job.