Very cool story in the Chronicle about a woman who found a simple way to radically transform the quality of life for girls in Nepal.
In the southern Dang district, rural Tharu farming families trapped in extreme poverty – earning less than a dollar a day – were making horrible sacrifices:selling their daughters as domestic slaves to wealthy Kathmandu families for $35 to $75.
“These girls are 7, 8, 9 and 10, and no one was checking up on them,” said Murray, 83. “I was shocked.”
That was in 1989. Her solution to break the practice has since made her a philanthropic legend in the area……Murray and Paneru have since steered 3,000 girls away from slavery and all but eradicated the long-held tradition of indentured servitude in the Tharu village.