Update from Women’s Safe House in Nepal
Across the world, women are victims of domestic abuse, trafficking, rape, and other forms of violence. It’s sadly still true in the US and still true in Nepal. Isolation and lack of support perpetuate gender-based violence, particularly in rural areas. A lack of safe shelter has historically been a serious barrier to women reporting crimes and receiving care. This is why Mountain Madness, All the Sky Foundation, and Changing Lives Nepal teamed up over the last year to successfully launch a Women’s Safe House in the remote, mountainous region of Eastern Nepal, near the 8,000-meter peak Makalu.
Samridhi Ghar (House of Prosperity) opened its doors in May. Its mission is to provide a safe space and counseling for victims of domestic violence, rape, trafficking, and women suffering from mental illness. This innovative program is the first of its kind. Women in remote areas are often unaware of the services and legal protection available to them. The Safe House has been conducting community education and outreach through various channels, and they are now contacted almost daily.
Below are a few stories of women the safe house has served since opening. The realities they face underscore the need to continue to reach beyond Kathmandu with support and services. As the success of the safe house continues so will the need to continue fundraising until the financing can come from within Nepal. Please look below for link to make a donation and more about our fundraising efforts.
The Safe House is providing critical care, support, and space for women in these rural communities. They are planning for long-term sustainability by partnering with local and municipal governments, hospitals, police, as well as international support. Thanks to All the Sky, individual donations up to $15,000 made between now and December 31st will be matched. Double your impact HERE.
***Please be aware that the content below is sensitive and may be upsetting or triggering. Please read with care. All women’s names have been changed for privacy and protection.***
Syabun is just 19 years old and already the mother of a 2‑year-old girl, Sibu. Married young, her husband abandoned her after she had their baby, and she was left alone with his family. (In Nepal, married women traditionally move into the home of their husband and his family). Syabun’s in-laws abused her physically and mentally. She has been staying at the safe house for one month and has suffered from mental and emotional distress. Syabun’s case was more than the onsite counselor felt she could address alone, and the district hospital does not have a psychiatric doctor, so they connected her with a doctor in Kathmandu to support her through video counseling calls.
Local police previously had nowhere to shelter women, even for a single night, making reporting abuse particularly difficult. With the opening of the Safe House and their successful community outreach, women are now more able and empowered to report abuse. This is an essential deterrent to help reduce violence against women and to provide much-needed support at critical times.
Tari was raped and reported it to the police. She stayed at the Safe House for five days while the police processed her case and found the perpetrator to arrest him. Samridhi Ghar was able to offer her counseling, support her with medical care at the local hospital, and provide safe shelter and meals while she was away from home. Tari is now back home with her parents, and the perpetrator is in prison.
Thanks again to All the Sky for matching; all individual donations up to $15,000 made between now and December 31st will be matched. Double your impact HERE.