Thursday 29th June 2017

Founder Words

WORDS FROM THE FOUNDER

I first visited Nepal in the year 1999 coming from Burma where I stayed in a Buddhist monastery for a couple of years.

A few weeks after my arrival in Nepal I was introduced to Mrs. Anuradha Koirala, the founder of “Maiti Nepal”.

Anudidi as her friends call her was the first to take up the fight against worst forms of discrimination, violence, abuse and the trafficking of thousands of girls and women in Nepal.

I was deeply touched when first visiting the house were some of the “returnees”- those who had been liberated after being forced to prostitute themselves in Indian brothels for years- found shelter, care and safety. 

The house was secured by a big iron gate and I was not allowed inside but I was able to talk to some of the young women who had gathered close to the gate.  Their faces were marked by despair and anguish and their eyes reflected years of hell.

I was deeply touched and in this instant a made the deep vow to dedicate all my energy and all my abilities to the prevention of this horrible crime.

I came to know that around 12000 young women every year, many of them adolescents where trafficked from Nepal to India and the Middle East and forced to prostitute themselves. The flesh-trade in Nepal is still thriving up to this date and many thousands are still becoming victims of this heinous crime every year.

My commitment and my determination to prevent and/or alleviate this suffering whenever possible led to the foundation of “SOS Bahini Nepal” in the year 2004. Over the years an “all encompassing strategy” has been developed and a number of “complementary and interconnected projects” are implemented by “SOS Bahini” and the “Bahini-Educare-Foundation”. All the projects described on this web-page have been developed with the declared objective to “PREVENT” worst forms of abuse, exploitation and discriminations of the most vulnerable girls and women in Nepal.

The source of my inspiration and my motivation stems from many years of “ZEN-Buddhist-Practice” and the many Buddhist-Teachers that guided me on my path.  Moreover I was inspired by the book “Small is beautiful” by EF Schumacher that became essential to my ethical and pragmatical approach in this mission. I adhered to the principles of subsidiarity, vindication, motivation and I learnt to look for the freedom of creativity that is to be found in the disorder of a country like Nepal. I’m deeply grateful for the continuous guidance and support I’m receiving from my Dharma-Friends and nothing could have been achieved without this source of wisdom, inspiration, guidance and support!

Many things have improved in Nepal over the past ten years, but girls and women are still the majority of the exploited, abused, unfed, uneducated and stunted.

We are committed and determined to change this sad and intolerable truth and your support is vital for the continuation of our mission!

Raymond Lindinger