In 2007, a group of human trafficking survivors gathered together for the purpose of creating a unique organization to protect human trafficking survivors, run by survivors. Within one year, these women had selected seven educated board members and drafted a constitution for SASANE. In March 2008, SASANE was registered as a non-governmental organization in Nepal. Today SASANE provides programs and educational resources to empower female human trafficking survivors and girls at risk of being trafficked or re-trafficked. Human trafficking survivors have an immense potential to create social change, and, due to their experiences, play a vital role in eradicating human trafficking in Nepal.
SASANE was registered as a non-governmental organization in Nepal. The organization has since expanded to two offices and combined guesthouses for international volunteers in both Kathmandu and Pokhara, and has broadened its reach to ten mountain village areas. Today, SASANE provides four key and interrelated programs (Paralegal, Sisterhood of Survivors program (SOS), School Awareness &Community Outreach), in addition to other educational resources intended to empower female human trafficking survivors and girls at risk of being trafficked or re-trafficked. In the future, SASANE hopes to further develop its mountain village programming in order to extend its reach to rural women, as well as open a third office to expand its regional influence in Biratnagar in Morang district.
We seek to develop and implement programs to physically, emotionally and financially rehabilitate female victims of trafficking and exploitation.
We believe that every human trafficking survivor can achieve her individual dream and potential. We envision a Nepal where each survivor is equipped with the self-esteem, skills, and knowledge necessary to become a leader in her chosen field.
We need to end the physical and sexual exploitation of women and girl’s, ensure their legal rights, and empower them to live free and dignified lives.