Hetauda House

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Location: Hetauda, Nepal

Status: Completed

Type: Woman Protection Center

People Impacted (estimated): 600 

Project Manager: Marcus Miller & Mike McCausland

For 14 years, Women’s Protection Center Nepal (WPC) and Hetauda House have been fighting to eradicate human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children.  Major programs include advocacy, healthcare, educational & preventative workshops in surrounding Nepali towns and villages, safe housing, and HIV/AIDS awareness & training.

The Project:
CfC and WPC aim to rebuild the Hetauda House, a safe house in the Makwanpur District of Nepal that was damaged by the earthquake. This new facility will provide a secure home for women and their children where case management, advocacy-based counseling, tutoring and educational development, and vocational skills training programs are available.

Communities Served:
WPC Nepal targets women and children who have been rescued from human trafficking, or from abusive or abandoned homes.  WPC Nepal seeks to empower women and girls by providing:

The Hetauda House project offered a sense of pride and hope for a future of stability for the WPC community, knowing that they would have a safe space with all the facilities they need to reach the potential of the organization and individual potentials of each girl living at the WPC home.
— Marcus Miller, Project Manager
  • a safe environment with consistent routine;
  • financial resources to complete their education through the 12th grade (Nepali schools are not free, and students who can afford it typically complete after 10th grade);
  • one-on-one and group tutoring;
  • computer literacy training;
  • culturally appropriate counseling and therapy;
  • six month vocational training program (sewing & hand crafting skills), and subsequent employment/subsidized marketplace access through the Nari Alliance

Impact:
WPC Nepal, Hetauda House and Construction for Change have a shared vision that this facility will inspire and empower women and girls to take an active role in changing attitudes and culture in Nepal.  

Early intervention through high-quality and consistent education will combat exploitation and decrease marginalization.  Equally important, it will give women and girls the tools to find and express their self-value and their independence.  The home we seek to build will provide safety, solace, hope and promise.  It will undermine the efforts of human traffickers by expanding current agriculture programs, a chicken farm, clean water, and sanitation.  These provisions will alleviate the desperation driving so many Nepalese parents to trust that a stranger can promise their child a better future than they can.   

With an expansion of the vocational training program, women will have the opportunity to move beyond the caste they were born into, and take their place in the world as educated, capable, confident, and employable.  This program will break the cycle of poverty.