In March 2014 members of WildFox Events and Artemis were lucky enough to visit Nepal and see first hand where and how the money you raised for Mercy Corps is spent.
Educating marginalised girls in Kailali, Nepal
Nepal remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with nearly a third of citizens living below the national poverty line. The rural district of Kailali is home to some of the country’s most marginalised and impoverished young girls. Their fate is pre-determined by caste, gender and geography. Access to social, economic, or life opportunities are few. Young girls are often sold by their parents into indentured servitude or bonded labour. Many, deemed by society as the ‘untouchables,’ are socialised and defined by their caste as commercial sex workers at puberty. Largely, girls do not attend school.
The 2014 Quad is supporting Mercy Corps’ work to invest in these girls by providing access to education and livelihood opportunities, changing attitudes, promoting their rights, giving them the tools to create better options for themselves, increasing their status and earning potential.
The UK Government has committed 90% of the total budget for this project conditional on Mercy Corps securing the remaining £140,464. That means, every £1 raised will generate a further £7 in match-funding from the UK Government.