EMPOWERING FREED KAMALARIS
We launched our Indentured Daughters Programme in 2000 with an ambitious goal: to end the practice of Kamalari, the system in which girls from desperately poor families were sold into domestic slavery.
Importantly, our advocacy work helped persuade the government to officially affirm the abolition of Kamalari and allocate millions of dollars to educate girls who were victims of the system.
NYF’s Empowering Freed Kamalaris programme (EFK) helps former Kamalari girls become healthy, happy and independent young women. The programme also stimulates the cultural and economic development necessary to ensure that no girl will ever again become a victim of Kamalari.
The EFK programme served 8,000 young women this past year (2016), with 18 full-time staff providing leadership training, mentoring services, and financial and business management training. The Freed Kamalaris (FKs) also receive the specialised services of other NYF programmes, including vocational education and career counselling (VECC) and psychological support and peer counselling (Ankur Center). The accomplishments of these young women are impressive:
- FKs have created the Freed Kamlari Development Forum (FKDF)
- FKDF has created 42 business Co-ops with more than 8,672 members
- 1,425 women have launched their own businesses with co-op start-up funds
- The capital of all the Co-ops is now close to £250,000 – all starting from a £50,000 loan from NYF.
- 82% of vocational graduates are employed
- 150 women have been trained as FKDF Peer Counsellors
- Peer counsellors have provided counselling and psychological support to 4,000 FKs
EMPOWER A FREED KAMALARI
The Kamalaris endured endless hardship as children. Your support provides the services they require to heal from the trauma and lead healthy, productive lives. Even just £10 will buy goods to start a new business.