The book SOLD was written by American journalist and author Patricia McCormick. Based on her extensive research on human trafficking in Nepal and India, she told the sadly typical story of a young Nepali village girl being tricked into leaving her home and being trafficked to a brothel in India. In this story, Laxmi's terrible experience has a positive ending. But that is not the case for many of the more than 15,000 Nepali girls who meet a similar fate every year.
The Didi Project felt so strongly about the potential of this bestselling book to educate people in Nepal that we sponsored the translation of SOLD into Nepali. We used this version of the book, titled BECHIYEKI, to support outreach and educational programs throughout Nepal, including a serialized radio broadcast. We have worked with several partner organizations who used the book as part of their outreach programs throughout Nepal's 75 districts, and we have provided intensive curriculum and training to community groups across Nepal to go along with copies of the book.
The book SOLD has now been made into a feature-length film and is being distributed across the United States. It was recently dubbed into Nepali and has being shown on national TV and in hundreds of Nepali schools by the Didi Project’s partner, Human Rights Film Focus Nepal. Following the screening of the film, discussion groups and workshops were held, using our Nepali translation of the book, BECHIYEKI.
Our goal is to provide the funds necessary for a second printing of BECHIYEKI. We can have the book printed in Nepal for the price of 20 books for $25. We feel that BECHIYEKI is an important tool to help many young girls, their families, and their communities realize that staying at home and in school is better than facing the dangers of sex trafficking.
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