My name is Sanja Maya Tamang and I would like to welcome you all on behalf of the Shanti Foundation. The Shanti Foundation was established by sex trafficking survivors and HIV/AIDS infected and affected women. In the past two years we have been working in the five districts of Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Ramechhap, Sinhupalchwok and Kathmandu. Within these districts we provide community-based programs to all community members in order to increase awareness and education on HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. Our goal is to promote social inclusion, acceptance and gender equality and to reduce discrimination and violence. Over 2000 people have participated in our orientation sessions and health camps. We work closely with health care providers and hospitals in order for women and children to receive medical treatment and care. We believe in the importance of educating mothers who then feel empowered and supported to care for their children. Our advocacy efforts include obtaining funding for children’s educational needs and school supplies. In addition, we provide psychosocial counselling in the districts and in our office in Kathmandu.
The efforts of the Shanti Foundation is not only our work but is the responsibility of all. The importance of meaningful collaboration through partnerships and networks is necessary for success and to make change. We seek to work closely with others to support us and for us to support you. We believe in the inherent value of all human life. If we save the life of one person, it is the greatest achievement.
Sanja Maya Tamang
President, Shanti Foundation