We are honored and overjoyed to partner with Anjali Tamang in her passion project to love and serve her community her village in eastern Nepal. Anjali is building a school to prevent trafficking, reduce child marriage, raise awareness among her people, and offer a bright future for the next generation. | March, 2021 – Nepal
WHY this MATTERS …
Anjali’s mission is to stop the trafficking of girls, through education, by creating qualified and competitively educated students in a remote village in eastern Nepal. Currently, it is estimated that 75% of girls in this area of Nepal are trafficked trafficked or forced into child marriage. Anjali envisions that the youth in her village will be empowered to be professionals who are not only a source of hope, of poverty alleviation, and of decreasing dependence on earnings generated through sexual slavery, but ultimately are a part of the solution for ending human trafficking in this generation.
The name of the school is Hasta Memorial School. Hasta was the name of Anjali’s father. He worked hard to educate himself informally under candlelight and he always passionately wanted to educate others.
I love, trust, and greatly respect Sarah Symons, founder of Her Future Coalition. When I read the book she wrote with Anjali about Anjali’s story -called Standing in the Way – I was deeply inspired by and in awe at Anjali’s courage and hope, and knew that I wanted to share her story with our ever-generous and changemaking community of Seeds.
OUTPOURING of Thankfulness …
Words of deep gratitude to y’all, our Seeds community, for your generous gifts to Anjali’s passionate project from Anjali Tamang (with a glimpse of the school behind her!) and Sarah Symons.
IN ANJALI’S Words …
For the last 10 years, I have had a dream – to provide education and hope to children in my village in Nepal, so that they will not have to suffer the trauma of human trafficking, as I did. When I was eleven years old, I was trafficked to India, where I endured several years in a brothel in Kolkata.
Thankfully, I was rescued and given the help and support I needed to heal and rebuild my life. The love of God, and the love and hard work of many people have gotten me to the point where I am ready to bring my dream to reality, I plan to offer a different life to children in my community, through the light of education.
I believe in the saying of Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ and in the words of Victor Hugo, ‘He who opens a school door, closes a prison.’
Our village in the Eastern mountain region of Nepal has a huge problem with trafficking. A high percentage of the girls who grow up here are either trafficked or forced into child marriage.
I’m raising money to build a school in my village, to prevent more girls from being trafficked, to give them a bright future, to raise awareness and change the mindset of my people. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me. -Anjali Tamang
CREATIVE ways to CONTINUE to support this organization …
DONATE to Her Future Coalition (note if you’d like your funds to be passed onto Anjali’s school) or directly to Hasta Memorial School. As of April, 2021, Anjali has $90,000 USD to go, so your funds will be a great gift! Here are a few creative ideas …
- COLLABORATE! …FORM A TEAM on GoFundMe and help us raise funds for a special occasion or celebration … or just because you want to! (Contact Sarah Davison-Tracy for info or to set your team up.)
- ASK FOR A DONATION to be made as a gift for your next birthday … GIVE a gift in honor of someone you love for an upcoming holiday or celebration.
CONNECT with, follow, and friend our team Hasta Memorial School in Nepal | Her Future Coalition – Facebook & Instagram | Seeds of Exchange – Facebook & Instagram & 7 ways to join the fun so you can be inspired & ignited to make a difference locally & globally, together
SHARE this story with 5 PEOPLE to inspire others to fight human trafficking, increase educational opportunities build our global community. Let’s see how we can EXPAND this organization’s community connections!
- WATCH … My deeply inspiring and informative conversation with Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons (link here or view below), “The Day my God Died” (trailer here or view below), “It Takes a Girl”, about HFC’s work around the world bringing freedom and a fresh start to survivors of human trafficking (link here or view below), and Sarah Symons’ Ted Talk on Living Heroically (link here or view below)
- READ … More about Anjali in this story on our blog, “Standing in the Way” by Sarah Symons, “Sold” by Patricia McCormick, “Sex Slaves” by Louise Brown
FINANCIAL details …
Donations were made to Anjali’s fiscal sponsor, Her Future Coalition, and 100% of the funds raised through this campaign were disbursed to Anjali’s organization to build the school. Her Future Coalition is a US 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Since 2005, HFC has provided shelter, education, and employment to survivors of human trafficking and extreme abuse so that they may remain free and independent.
Funds were donated from around the world via facebook, GoFundMe, and personal checks. Donations were 100% tax-deductible for US donors.
BE an EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST …
As part of our call to all to be an everyday philanthropist, each month we spotlight a project or program in the world. Our partner’s focus is in at least one of these five categories: human rights, education, health, community emergencies, and art-activism. We are blessed with a huge pool of changemakers in our community – so there is never a lack of trusted organizations with whom to partner.
This sort of “everyday philanthropy” is about an unrestrained generosity rooted in the reality of your everyday life. Generosity feels good. It is part of your purpose on the planet. It finds ways to share with others the treasure trove of whatever you have and whatever you love. It makes a difference with your small and large acts alike … living with a commitment and connection to your sisters and brothers near and far. Explore and discover your unique – right here and now – calling to be an everyday philanthropist today.
I get it: These stories and the very invitation to give and to BE philanthropists isn’t always comfortable. Or easy. Sometimes it’s the world’s pain pricking our hearts that wakes us up to see – and say yes! – to our destiny.
So, today and together, let’s dispute the suggestion that philanthropy is an exclusive club only for those deemed wealthy. Today and together, let’s dispute that the only thing that matters and makes a difference is giving in “big” ways. The movement that will be unleashed when we live as generously unrestrained philanthropists WILL light up the world.
You are loved.
We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL together and light up the world!
xo, -Sarah Davison-Tracy, Seeds of Exchange