As India and Nepal emerge from the worst of the COVID second wave crisis, we are shifting our efforts from relief – food and medicine distribution – to long term efforts which will help women and girls recover from 18 months (and counting) of school closures, job losses, and mental health challenges.
Our Resource Centers, Jewelry Centers, and the schools we support, are gradually reopening. This fall, we are launching a new Learning Center in Kolkata where girls will be able to use computers for homework and to communicate with teachers, as well as receiving all kinds of mental wellness support, and tutoring or vocational training, depending on their age, needs and interests.
The Freedom School in Nepal will be opening soon, providing much needed education and trafficking awareness education to a rural community with a very high incidence of trafficking and child marriage. In Kathmandu, we are supporting trauma recovery at The NEST – a new counseling and play therapy center operated by our partner organization, The Apple of God’s Eyes.