Nepal. It’s a country that’s on just about everybody’s bucket list. It’s a land famous for being the home of the towering Himalayas, the bustling streets of Kathmandu and all the history that’s embedded in the culture.
Although Nepal’s spectacular vistas and boundless opportunities for adventure draw large numbers of tourists every year, the country still struggles with problems familiar to developing nations across the globe: hunger, disease, unemployment, illiteracy and lack of education, and human trafficking, among others.
What You Don’t See
Nepal ranks 144th out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index (a metric using a combination of health, economic security, education, stability, and equality). The country is making real strides in improving living conditions, access to education, and economic opportunity, but about half the population still hovers around the poverty line (US $2/day) and the same amount is underemployed or unemployed. You’ll also probably remember the earthquake that happened in April 2015, which killed almost 9,000 people and was a disaster from which the country is still rebuilding.
Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, this set of factors contributes to a serious human trafficking problem in Nepal. It is estimated that anywhere from 5,000 – 10,00 women and girls are trafficked every year from Nepal to India, while thousands more are forced to become prostitutes, servants, and involuntary laborers.
But I Can’t Get To Nepal!
We know well the problems that are caused by sex trafficking in nations around the world and how porn directly contributes to those problems. It can be hard, though, from halfway across the world, to see a way that we can do something that helps put an end to exploitation in a distant country, not to mention the exploitation that happens in our own backyard in the United States.
HELP International is trying to change that. It’s an organization with a goal to empower people to fight global poverty through sustainable, life-changing development programs. Their unique model allows volunteers to contribute and catalyze the efforts of local partners on the ground. They aim to assist relatively inexperienced participants to become social entrepreneurs who understand the complexities of poverty and play an active role in efforts to improve the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. How cool is that?
Projects with HELP International can focus on anything from helping survivors of sex trafficking to literacy and language classes to earthquake recovery and business development. It’s an amazing way to work on a cause that matters to you, and HELP has been leading trips around the world for years, so they have the knowledge and the network to make real, lasting, and sustainable progress on important local issues.
Your Chance To Make A Difference
So why are we bringing this up? Well, this May, Fight the New Drug is going to be placing a lot of our focus on human trafficking issues, and we’ll be running a campaign in the Fighter App to help all you Fighters get involved. We’re still putting together the finishing touches on the campaign, but we can say that it will be a great way to raise awareness about a serious issue that has real consequences for millions of people.
If you’ve participated in any campaigns in the past, you know that taking part enters you to win a whole bunch of awesome prizes. Usually, they’re things like FTND gear, but May’s campaign is going to be a little different—HELP International is donating a two-week trip to Nepal, where you’ll have the chance to do on-the-ground work to support survivors of human trafficking, teach English, provide support for small businesses, work on women’s issues, and a whole lot more! You’ll live with other volunteers in an amazing new place, get to do real work where it’s needed, and make memories that will last you for the rest of your life.
The Way To Win
The first step is to download the Fighter App! It’s totally free, available for both iOS and Android, and it’s the only way to participate in May’s human trafficking campaign. With the app, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in challenges that help raise awareness of human trafficking, and the more you participate, the better your chance of winning the grand prize becomes!
In the meantime, you can read up on all the dangers that human trafficking poses, and how it’s linked with porn in ways that are impossible to separate. That way, you’ll be ready to spread the word when May rolls around, and you’ll up your chances of winning a trip to Nepal with HELP International!
So, are you with us? Download the app today and start getting involved!
Have any questions, comments, or ideas on the new App? Visit the official App page here.
What YOU Can Do
Download the Fighter App to prepare for the May campaign, and SHARE this article with your friends to spread the word about this awesome opportunity!