To tackle the issue of school dropout, and the associated risks of human trafficking and modern day slavery for children in Nepal, we work with Youth Change Agents. YCAs are young volunteers who receive education, training, and support to engage with community members on important issues communities face. YCAs raise awareness for the risks of modern day slavery in their communities, and encourage children to stay in school and adults to seek decent livelihoods. YCAs identify children and vulnerable adults who are at high risk of exploitation or abuse and report them to the CLAMP team so they can be provided the support they need and to have more opportunities to avoid being exploited.
Sapana comes from Nuwakot district in Nepal. Nuwakot district is a human trafficking hotspot. In 2018, Sapana was referred by the ward office for her participation and engagement within the community and was successfully selected as one of the YCAs.
Just a few months after working with CLAMP, Sapana had a serious road accident which led to the amputation of one of her legs.
Sapana recovered from the accident and continued working with the community and spreading awareness on critical issues as a YCA. However, her disability restricted her mobility in the mountainous terrain of the villages she worked in. When she shared this with CLAMP staff and the ward office, a needs assessment process was conducted with support from ward office and rural municipality. As a result of this assessment, Sapana was provided with a laptop, a printer, cartridge, and a hard drive to initiate her own stationery shop.
Currently living with her parents, Sapana earns Rs. 500 per day excluding her daily expenses and is pursuing a bachelor’s in commerce.
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