Talk to highlight how Bermuda has helped make Nepal a safer place for children
Nepal may seem like a long way away from Bermuda.
But did you know that generous support from residents of the Island has helped to make the world a safer place for countless children in the South Asian region?
The ISIS Foundation is encouraging people to come out to hear some amazing stories from its Nepal Country Director, Pralhad Dhakal, starting tonight at 5.30pm.
Mr Dhakal has spent the past decade helping to improve the lives of thousands of children and families in the country.
He became dedicated to the cause of rescuing trafficked children, and campaigning for new laws banning bonded labour for girls, after a “chance encounter” with two abandoned, malnourished boys on a Kathmandu street.
Mr Dhakal was instrumental in returning one of the boys back to his grieving family; the other was rushed to the hospital, but sadly didn’t survive.
Mr Dhakal is in Bermuda this week to update The ISIS Foundation’s supporters on his team’s life-saving work and share some stories from the field. Tonight’s event follows a presentation he gave at an international conference on human trafficking at the University of Montana.
“I am very much looking forward to my first visit to Bermuda,” Mr Dhakal said. “The ISIS Foundation has grown into a global organisation that works hand-in-hand with the people of Nepal and Uganda, but its first steps were taken in Bermuda so this is a very special place for us.”
The ISIS Foundation was founded in Bermuda 16 years ago. It’s goal is to provide healthcare, education and infrastructure to villagers in the remote Humla district in mountainous north-west Nepal.
The organisation also keeps formerly trafficked children in Kathmandu safe from the sex trade and lives of poverty, sickness and forced labour; as well as delivering healthcare services to children and families in Uganda.
Mr Dhakal will speak tonight in ‘Chairman Suites’ ACE Bermuda Insurance Ltd on Woodbourne Avenue in Hamilton, from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. To RSVP, e-mail Pamela Barit Nolan — Pamela.BaritNolan@isisgroup.org