New Skills, New Opportunities
Free for Life International provides scholarships to women and girls who have been victimized by trafficking or who are considered to be at high-risk of being trafficked. Our scholarships allow women and girls to access programs and resources that empower them to achieve the dreams and goals of their choice. Our scholarships are awarded for a wide range of fields including vocational and skills training, higher education, and trade schools. Additionally, Free for Life’s scholarships are provided without requiring any additional costs from the girls.
One of our most successful scholarship ventures is our Tailoring Program. Each tailoring scholarship provides a six-month intensive training course, as well as the supplies needed to complete the class – all completely free of charge – to our girls. In addition, we provide each girl enrolled in our classes with a new sewing machine as a graduation gift.
Free for Life International has given a total 69 scholarships for the purposes of education and job skills training.
Chitwan Training Facility: “The Happy Home”
Our Chitwan Training Facility was given the name “The Happy Home” by the local community and we couldn’t agree more with the accuracy of that name.
The newly renovated facility will host classes beginning in January of 2017. The courses will cover various types of skills training for girls who have been trafficked or are considered at high-risk to be trafficked. The six-month, intensive courses will be 6 hours long, 5 days a week and will cover three vocational areas: tailoring, cosmetology, and food processing.
These areas were chosen because they can be easily applied in both rural and urban settings and are in relatively high demand within the country of Nepal. Each girl who completes one of the three programs will receive a scholarship upon graduation; each scholarship has the purpose of propelling the girls forward and empowering their future endeavors. Finally, Free for Life and PRC will work together to conduct quarterly visits to each graduate during the first year following completion of the program.
This dedication to each girl we work with is necessary to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our programs, as well as monitor the achievement of our goal of keeping girls from returning to sex trafficking. We are so excited to begin our first class of girls, and see stories of the full-circle recovery and restoration that lie ahead.