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Mother Teresa inspires Nepali woman to rescue 18,000 girls from sex trafficking

Anuradha Koirala

Narayan Maharjan | NurPhoto | AFP

Cerith Gardiner - published on 02/01/20

70-year-old Anuradha Koirala sets her life's goal to helping vulnerable women and children.

In 1993 the kind-hearted Koirala founded Maiti Nepal, a non-profit organization that helps women and children who’ve been exploited. The name “Maiti” roughly translates as “home of the girl’s birth parents.” This is particularly poignant, as once women are married in Nepal they are thereafter attached to their husband’s family, and for many of these victims, they may have been abused by their husbands or rejected from their own families. Maiti can become their true home, their refuge.

The organization gives women the opportunity to learn new skills, runs awareness campaigns and empowerment programs. And by 2012, with the help of local law enforcement, the organization has saved 18,000 girls and there’s no sign of Koirala slowing down: “When I see their pain — their mental pain as well as physical pain — it is so troubling that I cannot turn myself away. This gives me strength to fight and root this crime out,” she explained to the Borgen Project.


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