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While SASANE‚Äôs paralegal program was successful in providing opportunities for survivors with a high school diploma, traffickers frequently target the poorest and least educated girls in the country.  SASANE members sought to create a new program that could provide employment skills and opportunities to survivors that had not completed their secondary education.

In 2013, Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures, the largest privately-owned, adventure travel company in the world, launched a ground-breaking campaign -- The G Project.  The intention was to bring together ideas from all over the world together with the concept of "what would you do today, for tomorrow."

With the help of a SASANE volunteer, Lee-Ann Gibb's, SASANE's proposal to empower survivors of trafficking through the tourism industry won The G Project campaign and began a new program, Sisterhood of Survivors (SOS). This program was designed to support female survivors of human trafficking who cannot become certified paralegals because they do not have the equivalent of a high school diploma. These survivors are the most vulnerable to re-trafficking and gender-based violence because they often have no education or job skills. The SOS program provides training to these girls in the hospitality industry through training in conversational English, culinary skills, customer engagement, accounting, and food and beverage management.

In addition, the survivors run a lunch program and momo (dumpling) making course with guests from G Adventures.  All the proceeds go towards supporting SASANE's education and paralegal programs as well as providing a platform for the women to practice their English, a skill that will largely contribute to further employment opportunities in the future.  

SASANE will continue to provide grassroots programs that are run by women, for women, because we believe that survivors themselves have immense potential to combat the exploitation of Nepalese women and girls and to create social change.

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