In Nepal, huge challenges are posed not only by trafficking, but by endemic gender-based discrimination and violence. In 2008, seven Nepalese women - all former victims of human trafficking - founded SASANE upon the principle that survivors can create real social change.
SASANE seeks to engage trafficking survivors in anti-trafficking activities to break the cycle of exploitation of women, transform the lives of other victims and tackle systemic inequality, exploitation and injustice.
For those lucky few who, having been trafficked, were rescued or managed to escape, prospects are bleak. Most lack formal education and all are crippled with the stigma attached to the injustices they faced. SASANE operate two major programmes; the first involves training female trafficking survivors to become paralegals. Though training is rigorous and demanding, SASANE members now work as qualified paralegals in 25 police stations across the Kathmandu Valley. Not only does this provide these women with a source of income, respectable profession and renewed sense of dignity, their services are able to support other victims. For Nepali women, filing a complaint about a trafficker or abuser is a traumatic experience and often leads to further victimisation within a male-dominated legal system, bound by patriarchal societal norms. SASANE paralegals - through pro bono legal counselling, the filing of reports and registering of complaints - can provide compassion and support to victims, while delivering justice.
Indira, one of SASANE’s original founders, believes that education is vital:
"Education is like the eye of the human body... without our eyes - without education - we cannot see anything."
Alongside the paralegal training, SASANE organises and delivers school outreach programmes to educate youth about human and gender rights, and raise awareness of the risks and realities of human trafficking and the sex trade in Nepal. Through their innovative programmes, SASANE is working to prevent further trafficking and gender-based discrimination and violence, while simultaneously rehabilitating former victims, reintegrating them into society and empowering them to play a part in this whole process themselves.
The Tuk Tuk Educational Trust is attempting to raise £3,800 to support SASANE with their new programme, 'Empowering Women Survivors through Paralegal Training in the Pokhara Valley'. This programme will seek to replicate the successful model of paralegal training and work in the Kathmandu valley, responding to significant need in the Pokhara area.
Please note: Our trustees will try to take account of your donation preference however, if for any reason they deem this project to be unsuitable, your donation will be allocated to a similar education project (to be chosen by the trustees in their absolute discretion). 100% of donations will still go directly to projects with a focus on the advancement of education.