Nepal is a beautiful country with beautiful people.
The people of Nepal are close to our hearts. We have been there for many years now and have grown to love the people. The Badi are part of a group (or class) of people referred to as the untouchables. It has been a part of Nepali culture for these people to be used for labour with many young girls taken against their will for a life of slavery.
Since working in Nepal we have seen and heard horrendous things, but also seen amazing stories of hope and restoration.
There have been many ups and downs with our work in Nepal, with government legislation changing on a semi-regular basis in regards to our work and what is permissible.
Our plans of preventing trafficking and rescue are still a priority, along with educating these young people and teaching leaders and pastors. We believe God has been gracious, and we believe we are following God's leading at this time and for the future.
We have been involved with work in Myanmar for a few years now, and God has opened doors in regard to the rescue of abused girls and young ladies and help for widows. This has created opportunities for employment and self sustainability.
One of our main focuses is education and the Promise International School has had a solid start.
As with many developing countries, education is a key part of that development. The school is set up to give learning opportunities to young people through sponsorship, who could otherwise never make that a reality.
"PROMISE is a co-educational day school which provides quality, contemporary, family-focussed, faith-based schooling under an international curriculum. PROMISE operates with a learner-centred, enquiry-based approach to learning. We aim to develop life-long learners, equipped to be effective global citizens with a deep respect for self, others and the environment."
We can see many great opportunities breaking on the horizon and look forward to work that is in front of us.
India is part of a fairly new venture for us. the main focus here is rescue and rehabilitation.
Parts of India are major places for the slavery and abuse of young girls. Girls may be kidnapped and sold, or even sold by their family member for income. The things that these young girls and women endure would break your heart.
There are many, many girls in need of rescue and with the help of our partners in this country, we feel like we need to do everything we can to help them.
We would hope that you allow yourself to be touched by this, find out more and find out how you can help.
As with all the groups we currently work with, there are opportunities for you to help; whether that is by a financial gift, going on a short term mission or being an ambassador where you live. Go here to find out more.