Nomadic children can live securely

Yashodhara Hostel

Since 2013 we have been supporting the hostel for children of the Pardhi nomads. Here the boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 14 can live in security and attend school regularly. They are supported in their homework and learn hygiene and everything else.

During a project visit in October 2017 it was nice to see the children again. And at the same time it was sad that some of the children who lived here last year are no longer here. Our project partner says that it is still difficult to convince the parents of the teenage girls to let the girls live in the dormitory. Many parents still regard the girls as possessions that they can marry (de facto sell) when they are in need of money. For many nomads, this is often the only way to get money when the husband or father is in prison and needs a deposit to get out. This means that many girls at the tender age of 13 or 14 are “married” and in reality are often sold into prostitution. Sometimes they are released again when they have a baby. Outcast from the community, they are left to beg and house in improvised rag tents, always in imminent danger of sexual exploitation and violence.

Our project partner needs a lot of patience and perseverance to change views and behaviors.

Here is a short film by Karuna Trust about the plight of the Pardhi nomads.

The construction of the hostel was supported by the BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development).

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