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*Image shared with permission—child’s identity obscured for their privacy and protection.
*Image shared with permission.

Women’s Safe Haven

19,700 girls and women are trafficked out of Nepal and into a life of slavery in India each year**

3,660 girls and women are rescued from slavery by 3 Angels Nepal, or have the trafficking process intercepted, each year**

** yearly average, 3 Angels Nepal 2021

Refuge for Trafficked Women

Your gift will help our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal, build a new safe haven for trafficked women like Sarita. The Women’s Safe Haven will provide up to 40 women with medical care, counselling, legal support, vocational training, and a strong supportive community as they begin the process of recovering from extreme trauma.

“Sarita, you have
been SOLD.”

Sarita* had just given birth when she was sold by her husband. Her baby was taken from her and never seen again.

You can help build a safe haven—where trafficked women like Sarita can find freedom, restoration, education and empowerment.

Women’s Safe Haven

The new women’s safe haven will be low maintenance, sustainable, and built to withstand Nepal’s level 5 earthquake zone and extreme monsoon conditions. The building will include acute care rooms, private and group counselling rooms, vocational training facilities and extra security such as CCTV and 24/hr onsite security.

This new home will protect and boost the capacity of 3 Angels Nepal’s anti-trafficking work for the long term—ensuring that countless more women like Ashra* can find freedom, restoration, education and empowerment.

See the building come to life in the below 3D model:

Building Features

Designed to withstand earthquakes and minimise ongoing running costs through passive solar heating and cooling—this will be no ordinary building. Highlights of the completed women’s safe haven include:

24hr Security + Safety
24hr Security + Safety
Earthquake proof engineering
Earthquake Proof Engineering
Passive solar design
Passive Solar Design Principles
Bakery (vocational training facility)
Bakery (vocational training facility)
Tailoring (vocational training facility)
Tailoring (vocational training facility)
Hairdressing (vocational training facility)
Hairdressing (vocational training facility)
Hygiene and sanitation
Hygiene and Sanitation
safe drinking water
Safe Drinking Water
Environmentally sustainable
Environmentally Sustainable

Contextual, Sustainable Solutions

One of the key sustainability features of the new women’s safe haven will be it’s passive solar design. Watch this video to see how the architectural design works to embrace the local climate—minimising ongoing running costs and maximising quality of life for residents.

Your support will help build a sustainable women’s safe haven in Pokhara, Nepal

Every single dollar goes to the field

Thank you for your generosity! You can fully fund the construction of the Women’s Safe Haven with a gift of $500,000 or part-fund* the build with an amount of your choice. All Australian donations over $5 are fully tax deductible—and 100% will go directly to the field.

Please note: For security purposes, there is a $125,000 credit card transaction limit. If you wish to give over this amount, please process your gift in multiple transactions of no more than $125,000 at a time. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Funding Policy: 100% of all gifts made here will be directed to Give Freedom International program. Give Freedom’s program focus is infrastructure and capacity-building work known as The Pokhara Project, in partnership with 3 Angels Nepal, which includes the construction of vulnerable children’s homes. Please note that a limited proportion of these funds may be directed to disaster relief and other emergency support for our Field Partner prior to the completion of their new facilities.

Untold Stories from Nepal ​

These courageous survivors share their personal experiences of being trafficked, rescued from slavery and finding freedom with our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal.

[Content trigger warnings: physical and sexual violence, suicide and loss of a child].

“My family feared for my future.”

Mira* was born into the Chepang Tribe, one of the most isolated and poorest communities in Nepal. 

Her family battled poverty and malnutrition daily. Mostly, they avoided starvation by surviving on tree roots.

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"Sarita, you have been SOLD."

Sarita* stared at the man from her village. His words bounced away from her—she couldn’t understand them. Her body ached all over; her mind ached. She wanted to sleep. She wanted to go home. She wanted to hold her baby boy.

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“I am excited to run this shop—and to teach others.”

Geeta* hums softly while she sews.

With every stitch, the young Nepali woman is reminded of how significantly her life has changed in just a few years—since she was rescued from trafficking along the India-Nepal border.

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“My family feared for my future.”

Mira* was born into the Chepang Tribe, one of the most isolated and poorest communities in Nepal. 

Her family battled poverty and malnutrition daily. Mostly, they avoided starvation by surviving on tree roots.

READ MORE

Untold Stories - Sarita

"Sarita, you have been SOLD."

Sarita* stared at the man from her village. His words bounced away from her—she couldn’t understand them. Her body ached all over; her mind ached. She wanted to sleep. She wanted to go home. She wanted to hold her baby boy.

READ MORE

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I am excited to run this shop—and to teach others.”

Geeta hums softly while she sews. With every stitch, the young Nepali woman is reminded of how significantly her life has changed in just a few years—since she was rescued from trafficking along the India-Nepal border.

READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sarita’s story true?
Yes, all of the stories shared here are the real stories of safe haven women, shared with permission. To uphold the safety and dignity of these brave women, we will always use pseudonyms as indicated by the use of an asterisk. The images associated with each story (for example, the image of Sarita*) are representational only. While we do share some real images of safe haven women (such as the group photo below), we will never do so where the specifics of trauma and violence can be linked to any individual. We acknowledge the difficult line we walk in sharing these stories—we would never want to contribute to the ongoing trauma of any victim of human trafficking, nor be exploitative in any way. This is a responsibility we feel deeply, and we commit to being open to learn and make changes when needed.
What about the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal?

Updated 26 September 2021: Like many countries worldwide, the COVID-19 situation in Nepal is serious. It is with deep sadness that we report the loss of a beloved staff member from our Field Partner 3 Angels Nepal. A dear friend to many, the staff member lost their life to COVID-19 in August 2021.

The country-wide death toll has exceeded 11,000, and total cases is well over 800,000. Community transmission is occurring across all seven provinces, with numbers highest in the provinces of Bagmati and Lumbini. Though Nepal’s COVID-19 vaccination roll-out began in January 2021, the process was delayed when India stopped exporting vaccines in March to focus on their own deadly wave. Almost 34% of the adult population has now received their first dose, and 31% has received the full dose.

Our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal, is doing their best to navigate this crisis day by day. The generosity of supporters like you during the 2020 Christmas COVID-19 relief appeal has allowed for additional resources to be on hand to assist with emergency support. In late September, the 3 Angels School reopened its doors following a period of lockdown.

This pandemic has highlighted the importance of getting 3 Angels Nepal into their new home as soon as possible. They would have been significantly safer in their new, secure facilities—and would have been able to facilitate lockdown much more easily across all of their programs in a centralised location—not to mention they would have their community medical facilities up and running (see The Pokhara Project for more information about the full building project).

We are moving forward with these building plans as we are committed to the long-term sustainability and self-sufficiency for our friends and Field Partners, 3 Angels Nepal.

Sources: WHO Situation Update #70, 16 August 2021; Government of Nepal Ministry of Health and Population Sector Response Update, 26 August 2021.

When will construction of the new women’s safe haven start?
Short answer: as soon as possible! Realistically, it may be a few years before we can begin construction. The land has been purchased, and the architectural designs are ready to go. Now we need to raise the funds needed to complete the build. The women’s safe haven is one part of the The Pokhara Project—and to ensure the most efficient and cost effective building process we will wait to commence construction on the full sustainable building project. This means waiting until The Pokhara Project is fully funded. The sooner we reach our funding goal, the sooner we can begin—the ideal time to start building works in Nepal is in September of any given year, due to the monsoon season.
Why is a new women’s safe haven needed?
The current women’s safe haven is in operation and continues to equip 3 Angels Nepal to serve many women who have been trafficked. Give Freedom International’s goal is to increase the capacity and impact of established, locally-run NGOs like 3 Angels Nepal, through sustainable infrastructure projects.

The new women’s safe haven will be purpose-built, low maintenance, sustainable and will withstand Nepal’s level 5 earthquake zone and extreme monsoon conditions. These new facilities will secure the rescue and rehabilitation work of 3 Angels Nepal for the long term.

The women’s safe haven is also one part of The Pokhara Project—designed to provide sustainable facilities for all of 3 Angel’s Nepal’s programs. Centralising these facilities will not only enable our Field Partner to efficiently manage their day-to-day operations, but it will also provide a more safe and secure environment for all of the women and at-risk children that participate in the full breadth of 3 Angels Nepal’s programs.

What will happen to the current women’s safe haven?
We fundraised for the purchase of the current women’s safe haven and adjoining block of land back in 2011. Moving out of rented facilities gave our Field Partner, 3 Angels Nepal, much needed stability and security. When this new facility is built, the current safe haven home will be sold and the funds will be directed back into the running of 3 Angels Nepal’s programs and support their dream of self-sufficiency.
*Image shared with permission.

You can help build a safe haven—where trafficked women like Sarita* can find freedom, restoration, education and empowerment.