SASANE Sisterhood’s guides are licensed through the Nepal Tourism Board. All our tour, trekking and porter guides are survivors of human trafficking and mostly come from rural villages in Nepal. All of our staff speak English but at varying skill levels.
The Nepal Government Tourism Board conducts the training for our guides. Prospective guides are taught about the history, culture, and religion of Nepal. They also receive practical training where they go to various field locations to learn about different trekking destinations, trekking skills, and group management skills. Guides must then pass a written exam on both these areas in order to become certified. Training lasts 35 days for trekking guides and about 10 weeks for city tour guides. Our guides are trained through the Nepal Mountain Academy and the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management.
SASANE is a place of respect and dignity. The girl’s stories are painful, personal and very private. Many girls do not even share their stories with each other.
Every girl you meet here is a success story. They have endured the unthinkable and continue to strive forward and do not care to look back. Their empowerment does not come from sharing their story, it comes from moving forward through education, economic independence and dreams of a brighter future.
For this reason, we have chosen to sell copies of the book “Sold” as one girls’ story is every girl’s story. Please do not ask the girls to share their personal stories.
Thank you for your respect,
SASANE is like a second family to me, I have made so many friendships with other survivor sisters that will last a lifetime. SASANE gave me the tools I need to be economically independent, strong, courageous and live a full life. I am now play an active role in not only fighting human trafficking but hopefully ending it.
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
I am a licensed attorney and have extensive experience in the human trafficking field, having served for the Nepal Supreme Court for more than 20 years before entering into the non-governmental organization sector as a human trafficking expert. I have been the author of numerous research papers regarding human trafficking, including, most recently, a well-received study on human traffickers conducted in association with the Daywalka Foundation in Nepal. My extensive experience in Nepal’s legal system uniquely positions me to tackle systemic injustices at all levels: from empowering trafficking survivors as paralegals to working with the supreme courts to establish critical precedents. For a long time, I have been involved in various academic as well as social activities related to inhumane sex exploitation of women and children and, legal and health rights for these groups of people. Currently I am working in a Non-Governmental Organization known as “Samrakshak Samuha Nepal.”
SASANE came into my life when I was having the most difficult time in my life. SASANE not only helped empower me by giving me skills through the paralegal training and trekking guide training but by helping me overcome my difficult times and giving me a firm direction to pursue my interest in the tourism industry.
“Heaven is myth but my Nepal is real”
SASANE is a second family for me and I have made so many sister friends with whom I can share my problems and happiness. SASANE has taught me so many skills so now I can better interact with people also I am able to control and manage the staff in certain programs so I have now had new leadership skills to use in my future career.
“Don’t tell me how educated you are; tell me how much you have traveled.”
After joining SASANE I learned many things, so many things which are helping me in my future career. Through SASANE I was able to become a porter guide, English teacher and a paralegal supervisor. SASANE is my base and SASANE is like a guardian to me because it gave me an opportunity to learn, to teach, to grow and to be independent.
“The best view comes often from the hardest climb”