Tiny Hands Nepal is a Christian nonprofit based in Nepal that focuses on intercepting lives from sex trafficking, loving on street children, and finding homes for the orphaned. Their organization operates under three main principles: be the Kingdom, do much with little, and help those who NEED IT MOST.
An estimated 30,000 people are trafficked into India and Bangladesh from Nepal each year. Through multiple border monitoring stations, Tiny Hands works tirelessly to prevent tragedy in the lives of these women and children. They aim to be a ministry without dramatic rescue stories; instead, their goal is to intercept lives before any irreparable damage and trauma occur.
Once sold into slavery, girls as young as six are forced to leave their homes and endure violent sexual abuse and imprisonment, often becoming addicted to drugs or ridden with fatal disease. Since the April 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, human trafficking rates and profits have tripled. Traffickers are currently taking advantage of the post-quake chaos and destruction, creating an urgent need for intercession. Now more than ever, Tiny Hands is working unremittingly for the immediate relief and long-term recovery of their country and its people.
The staff members at Tiny Hands are invariably kind and welcoming; the words “Protect. Love. Restore.” are boldly painted on their office wall, accompanied with photographs of their children’s home families. Each of the 169 children pictured serves as a reminder of why the work they do is so important. One such reminder is the recovery story of Sujan, “the throw away baby.” Sujan’s mother worked as a prostitute, and he was the result of an unplanned pregnancy. After giving birth, his mother felt she could not care for him and decided she would throw him into the river. By God’s grace, a Tiny Hands staff member happened across this distressed mother dangling her sleeping newborn over the Bagmati River. Sujan was intercepted from this desperate situation and placed in Tiny Hands’ Beloved Home where his new mother, Kamla, had just given birth and was able to nurse Sujan for his first year. Tiny Hands has fifteen children’s homes that function as stable, safe environments where children are welcomed into a permanent family. Now four years old, Sujan dances anytime someone needs a laugh, learns English and Nepali at his local school, and thrives in the home shared with his thirteen siblings.
Because the border between Nepal and India is unmonitored, people are able to move from country to country without showing necessary papers. This creates an easy avenue for traffickers to smuggle women and children from Nepal to be sold into sex slavery in India. Tiny Hands International has 27 border stations monitoring the Nepalese-Indian crossing, each cautiously observing any suspicious activity that might suggest a woman or child is being trafficked.
In early 2014 in her Nepali village, Srijana was confronted by a trafficker who guaranteed her a job in India and provision for her family. Srijana arrived at the border expectant and hopeful, proudly wearing her new, ravishing clothes. Her tattered hair and filthy hands were inconsistent with her attire, however, and immediately alarmed the Tiny Hands border patrols that she was potentially being trafficked. After intense questioning, Srijana was intercepted at the Birgunj crossing and rescued from a life in sex slavery. She recuperated in a Tiny Hands safe home and, after being introduced to the Gospel, accepted Christ as her Savior. Srijana began working for Tiny Hands International as a border patrol monitor and is now living a life committed to the interception of young women and children from sex trafficking. Through prayerful consideration, Srijana decided to prosecute and testify against her trafficker, a major leader in the sex slave industry of Nepal. Tiny Hands sent a team of investigators who tracked her trafficker until he was eventually taken into custody by the Kalimati police. With an inexpressible amount of courage, Srijana testified against her trafficker. He was eventually convicted and imprisoned, and his countless acts of wicked cruelty were finally brought to justice.
Later that year, along the dusty roads of the Birgunj crossing, known by Indians as “the gateway to Nepal”, a bus cramped with frightened, crying children attempted to slink across the Nepali-Indian border. The Tiny Hands patrol team quickly became involved and intercepted the bus before it could cross into India. Tiny Hands workers opened the bus doors to discover eighteen kidnapped boys and girls, aged eight to twelve, who were being taken to work in the Indian circus against their will. For these children, life in the circus would mean dangerous living conditions walking tightropes, throwing fire, and riding elephants. After circus performances, the children would be auctioned off to buyers who would sexually abuse them for the night. They would be violently beaten and deprived of food if they did not submit to their buyers’ demands. Thankfully, the border patrols rescued these stolen children and were able to return each one of them back to their villages and the safety of their families before they had endured extensive trauma.
A stark difference lies between what is and what could be in the lives of these desperately vulnerable Nepalese women and children. Tiny Hands intercepts children from brutal sex slavery, homelessness, and starvation and transforms their stories from scorned depravity to joyful hope. From their children’s homes, which provide emotional, physical, and spiritual stability in a loving family environment, to their border stations, which regularly prevent life-long tragedy in the lives of the thousands of women and children, Tiny Hands International is actively engaged in intercepting lives for God’s glory.
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