About MAITI NEPAL Marbella
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The Founder of Maiti Nepal
MAITI NEPAL was founded in 1993 by Anuradha Koirala, who has dedicated her life to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation of young Nepalese women and children.
Over the past 25 years Maiti Nepal has grown and today they run three prevention homes, eleven transit homes, two hospices and a formal school.
More than 1000 children are receiving direct services from Maiti Nepal every day.
Anuradha Koirala is a most extraordinary women whose relentless fight against these crimes has created much awareness throughout the world and she has over the years been awarded 38 national and international awards in recognition of her courageous acts and achievements furthering the cause of children’s and women’s rights.
Among these awards she received the CNN Hero of the year award in 2010, the Mother Teresa award in 2014 and the PADMA Shri award in 2017.
Marianne Steneholm was born in Sweden and after many years of vacations in Marbella, she decided to move there permanently in 1999.
She has for the past 17 years worked in the real estate business on the Costa del Sol. Alongside her busy work schedule she spends her time at the gym or in the stable with her horse.
In 1998 Marianne read an article in a Swedish magazine about women who has done some extraordinary acts for humanity and one of the women in the article was Anuradha Koirala, who then had just founded Maiti Nepal a few years earlier.
The article was so profound it has stayed in the back of her mind since that day. The years passed by and finally in 2016, Marianne decided to take action. She mailed Maiti Nepal and told them she wanted to help them raise funds and create awareness.
In 2017 she started her collaboration with Maiti Nepal. She organised 4 events throughout the year and raised a total of 50.000 euros.
She ended the year with a two week visit to Maiti Nepal shelters in Kathmandu, where she was received with so much love. Anuradha Koirala and Bishwo Khadka, took the time to show her the many services Maiti Nepal provides: visits to the border outpost, a trip to the HIV hospice, a day out in the remote areas hours away from Kathmandu, where the villages have no water, electrics or other modern living. It was a beautiful but exhausting journey with a lot of information to take in.
Marianne also spent time in the Teresa Academy, Maiti Nepal’s school, together with the children and in the workshop where the rehabilitated women learn handicraft skills to be reintegrated to the society again.
Marianne bonded with the children at Maiti Nepal shelters and as she says herself: “I now have a huge family of 280 children that I am determined to take care of.”
When people ask, what made her choose this charity, the answer is simple: “It is for me the most awful crime on earth to sexually abuse children and it is the worst thing I could ever imagine happening to anyone I love. That is why I chose to do something about it.”
Marianne also find it important that everyone knows that all money raised goes directly to Maiti Nepal. She doesn’t use any of the money for her own related charity trips. No salaries and no profits are paid to anyone and she also buys her own ticket to each event that she organises.
“This is something I do from the bottom of my heart and I want to contribute just like all the guests at my events do.”
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