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Organizations that Help Child Abuse Victims Abroad

Only in recent decades have we begun to talk about the horrific damage done to children who are victims of child abuse. The effects of abuse can last a lifetime, and can have a detrimental impact into the next generation. In Canada, there are now many organizations that work to help prevent and uncover child abuse, and that provide counseling to victims. These include programs like the Kid’s Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) a free and confidential 24/7 counselling service, as well as the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, and a number of initiatives undertaken by the Department of Justice.
However, there are fewer organizations operating in developing countries, where girls in particular are at high risk for victimization. Statistics concerning women and girls in poverty are disturbing. It’s estimated that 70% of the world’s poor are female, including a majority of those considered "ultra-poor.” Girls are three times as likely to malnourished than boys, and more than fifty million girls have never attended primary or secondary school. Human trafficking of young girls is a serious problem; in some countries, exploitation of girls is systemic and rampant.

Working to Combat Human Trafficking

Human trafficking involves depriving victims of their normal lives and compelling them to provide their labour or sexual services through intimidation, force, sexual assault, or threats of violence. The Canadian government estimates that globally, human trafficking is amongst the most lucrative of criminal activities, generating billions of dollars and rivaled only by drug and firearms trafficking.
Despite the magnitude of the task, some charities are working to create effective programs to combat it.

The Daughter Project

One of these charities, Global Family, has had an initiative in Nepal since 2010 named the "Daughter Project,” which is serving as a model for other organizations. DP works in two ways to address the problem:
Prevention. Girls from the poorest families are among those most vulnerable to human traffickers. Working with local leaders, the Daughter Project identifies those girls between eight and fifteen who may need support. These girls are invited to join clubs named Bhitri Sundarta, which means "inner beauty” in Nepali.
With a 44-lesson curriculum, the women who lead these clubs help at-risk girls build a sense of community and friendship and strengthen self-image, social skills, and healthy habits. The program also provides a safe space where girls can learn about their changing bodies and how to care for them.
As the course progresses, girls learn how to plan for their futures, how to advocate for themselves and their peers, and take steps toward realizing their potential. By the end of the course, the club’s members have bonded into a strong community, and girls are now comfortable with women from their community they can turn to in times of distress.
Rescue. Daughter Project also operates shelters in cities where victims of human trafficking often end up. By working with local authorities, the charity offers a safe haven for girls who have been forced into slavery or prostitution. These girls receive counseling and healthcare, and the charity makes every effort to locate the girls’ families and reintegrate them into their communities.
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