Tintale Village Mother’s Society

Tintale Village, Nepal

This collective of powerful women utilize artistic expression to teach young girls about the perils they face from dark-hearted traffickers. Locals tell us all too many villagers are surprisingly unaware of this tragedy in their midst. Through creative storytelling and mesmerizing song and dance, the audience is introduced to trafficker’s techniques enabling them to recognize the potential threat when introduced to their village. “There is no question this basic education saves lives,” one member states firmly.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International report most occurrences happen right here in the southeastern Terai region. Young girls and women are easily trafficked because of their low cultural status. It is estimated that 10,000 girls, between the ages of 9-16, are trafficked each year from Nepal to India. This group is deeply committed to saving children from this tragic fate through education. PFCF’s support enables them to make costumes for the performance as well as provide travel expenses to neighboring villages to help spread the word.

Photos of the Tintale Village Mother's Society

  • The Mother's Society in Tintale, Nepal, uses music to educate and protect young women.

  • The Players for Change use drama, dance and music to teach others about the perils of the trafficking of young girls. 

  • Tintale Village Mother's Society: 2012

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NEWS

Dec 08, 2014

10 Days in Tintale Village

by Emily Randall

My name is Emily Randall, and this Fall I visited the Foundation’s music and art programs throughout Nepal. I’m writing to you today because sometimes when we give, we don’t know how much it will matter. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the incredible impact of your generosity, which I’ve now been fortunate enough to see firsthand.

Part of my journey took place in remote Tintale Village, where I grew especially close with a beautiful 10 year-old girl named Usha. Usha participates in the music program and the Mother’s Society women’s rights and anti-trafficking program. I had the opportunity to teach her music class, and it was a joy to watch her play. While normally quite shy, Usha lit up with excitement and confidence during her turn to practice in front of the class. She was eager to help the other students learn and succeed as well. It felt as if I was watching her grow up in a series of musical moments.

LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY

In the remote villages in the Udayapur District of eastern Nepal, drama, song, dance, and music are being used to teach communities about the tricks human traffickers use to lure young women into the slave trade. The risks they address are real—each year more than 10,000 Nepali girls are stolen or sold to work in brothels in India. As a result of their performances, false promises of work, marriage and a better life made by traffickers are now recognized as a deceitful trap that can strip young girls of their freedom and future. Equally encouraging, the men of Tintale village fully support the project and have joined with their wives and daughters to help protect them and spread the word.
 

  • Information About Trafficking in the Area

    Members of the Women’s group are being further educated regarding the latest trafficking techniques perpetrated in the Terai region. The kind folks at Maiti Nepal have graciously provided printed materials for the Mother’s Society. Information...

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  • Devi Basnet Teaches about Trafficking

    Group leader Devi Basnet is constantly updating the Mother’s Society supporters with the latest information regarding women’s issues. Besides the obvious concern regarding trafficking, Devi goes on to address numerous women’s rights issues including gender-based discrimination and sexual abuse.