By Angel Corrigan
3 Novermber, 2014
When Asmita enters the modest library at Christian Community School (CCS), she wonders, “What is there to read about today?” Maybe I’ll find out more about France, China or the USA. Maybe I will look at a book that tells me about what life was like for our ancestors or one that focuses on the possibilities of the future.” It is through the pages of books she can control where she goes and whom she meets. Just a short time ago this was not the case.
Eleven-year-old Asmita is a member of the Badi tribe. Currently, she is enrolled at CCS in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before coming to CCS, she lived in her village where schooling was too expensive for her family and as a result her future would most certainly be based on common dark practices in the Badi region—in the sex trade.
Asmita now goes to school everyday. She loves her teachers and her classes but her passion is reading. Quite a bookworm, she spends hours reading about women who changed the world. One day she hopes to be a social worker and help girls like herself. Right now, she has read all the books in the small CCS library that deal with traveling to different countries. Her dream is to one day to do the same.
Asmita eagerly awaits the new batch of books soon to be shipped from Singapore after being collected through the Badi Library Project. Started a little over a year ago, the Library Project collects books to expand the library at CCS, a school that is only three years old and has quickly grown to 650 students. Currently, their library serves children between the ages of three to eighteen. By expanding the students’ educational experience, the organization strives to strengthen the students from the Badi tribe and break the cycle of sexual slavery and oppression.
The Badi Library Project is more than half way to its goal of 100 boxes of books. The plan is to ship the books before the end of the Nepali school year in April. Help us reach our goal by donating or purchasing books, or by making a donation to help cover the costs of shipping.
Angel Corrigan has lived around the world as a military spouse. In 1999, she arrived in Singapore with her family and has worked at the US Embassy and in the fundraising and development field as MD of her own company.