Earthquake Followup, Nepal

Friends of Maiti Nepal is continuing to collect and disseminate support to Maiti Nepal from the US donors and others worldwide. Even though 11 months have passed since the first big temblor, still Maiti Nepal has no access to gas for cooking and is thus preparing food for 500 people on wood fires outdoors. Fuel for transportation is hard to come by, and the prices of food, clothing and daily necessities haare now sky high. Earthquake orphans and other displaced women and children who are severely at risk for human trafficking are now being sheltered and cared for at Maiti Nepal. Young girls from Sindhupalchowk and other hardest-hit areas are particularly vulnerable to sex and labor trafficking in the post-earthquake emergency. Those young ones most at-risk are being sheltered at Maiti Nepal.


Donate Now

Funding is urgently needed to care for these children.  Your contribution will go directly to Maiti's relief efforts. A donation made to Friends of Maiti Nepal is the direct way to get earthquake relief to this experienced and reputable organization which has been working in rescue and rehabilitation of victims for 22 years. We rely on your help during this emergency.

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Post Earthquake, Maiti Nepal is still hard-pressed

The News cameras have long since gone home, but the emergency is still not over. In the absence of other help, Maiti Nepal is picking up the pieces and ensuring that shelter, medical care, nutrition and education are not interrupted.

Life at Maiti Nepal in Kathmandu continues to be difficult. Food and clothing have become very expensive and in many cases available only on the black market. Ongoing hardships can be mitigated by financial help from abroad. 

Please use the Donate Now button on this page. Namaste. Thank you. Bless you.


Working together to combat girl sex trafficking in Nepal

Friends of Maiti Nepal is the official US representative of Maiti Nepal. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the human rights crisis of girl sex-trafficking by supporting Maiti Nepal in its work of prevention, interception, rescue and rehabilitation of victims; and criminal prosecution of perpetrators.

Some of Maiti Nepal's most trailblazing work is on surveillance of the border crosssings between Nepal and India. See slide show at right. Here young women from Maiti (former trafficking victims) work in cooperation with police - watching for suspicious activity, intervening when they see it, and rescuing over 2,ooo girls this year alone, before they could be sold to brothels [more]

20,000 girls a year are trafficked in Nepal

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Girls and young women living in areas shown in red are at highest risk for sex trafficking.

Open Border

The open border at Baratnagar typical of the unregulated crossing points from Nepal into India.


Specially trained trafficking survivors check buses cars, donkey carts, rickshaws and bicycles passing into India. They are looking for suspicious parties, and they know what to look for. Border police act in full support.

Questioned Closely

This pair was questioned closely, and then taken off the bus by police.

Close Scrutiny

The screening includes close scrutiny of identification papers.

Questioned Privately

Sometimes girls are taken aside and questioned privately by the young women of Maiti Nepal in their information booths/ offices. Police cooperate and respect the expertise of trafficking survivors.


Recordkeeping is taken seriously at Maiti Nepal.

Graphic Content

Most of the posters and billboards produced by Maiti Nepal have strong graphic content -- they can be understood by those who cannot read.

Women's Day Rally

This rally on Women's Day at the Parsa border crossing is a typical result of the grassroots organizing done by Maiti Nepal.


An 11 year old girl was intercepted recently at the Indian border by the young women of Maiti Nepal. One of over 2,000 girls' lives they saved this year.


Prosecution of traffickers begins with careful documentation, and help for the young girls, many of whom are illiterate.

Interception Residences

Intercepted girls have a safe, clean place to stay -- at any of Maiti Nepal's eleven interception residences.

Street Theatre

Street theatre helps spread the warning about devious sex traffickers of children and young girls.

When an injured homeless postpartum mother is discharged from the hospital, she needs a safe place for herself and her baby. Maiti Nepal takes them in.


"Please tell the world about my girls." -Anuradha Koirala