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- Sunday, March 8th, 2020
Come Sweat to Support our Nepali Sisters!

Rumble 17th Ave is partnering with Debbie Ehrstien - Local Author of ‘The Dissociate’ Secrets and Survival of Childhood Sexual Abuse and The Shanti Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal! Come punch, kick and sweat your way into the New Year and support a great cause! 

In Nepal, women do not have the same freedoms and access to services that we, as Canadian women can take for granted. Women and girls are often sex trafficked to larger cities and neighbouring countries. While women may physically survive trafficking, they are left with the horrific scars and trauma and tragically, many women are infected with HIV/AIDS.

Despite being forced into sex work, the stigma of an HIV/AIDS diagnosis results in discrimination, stigmatization, their children barred from schools and their businesses boycotted. In September, six women working with the Shanti Foundation died of HIV/AIDs related illnesses due to the stigmatization of accessing services. 

The Shanti Foundation is a community based, grassroots organization in Kathmandu, Nepal established in 2016 by female survivors of sex trafficking living with HIV/AIDS. The aim of the organization is to support other survivors of sex trafficking and women living with HIV/AIDS. Through counselling, prevention, protection, treatment, free access to HIV/STI and cervical cancer testing, among other interventions, The Shanti Foundation aims to support the development of sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment for Nepali women. 

Rumble 17th Ave has partnered with The Shanti Foundation to help share the voices and experiences of sex trafficking survivors! 

The money raised will go towards publishing “Who Am I?”, a publication to share the voices and stories of Nepali sex trafficking survivors. The aim of this book is to inspire women in similar circumstances, who have been deprived of rights and resources. This book will demonstrate the struggles, barriers, discrimination, and stigma faced by these women. We hope by sharing this publication, there will be a greater understanding of what it means to survive sex trafficking and/or be impacted by HIV/AIDS. "Who Am I?" will include stories of Shanti Foundation members and women who have received services. ��With your help, we hope to share the voices and stories of our resilient, brave, and strong sisters, who have been unheard for too long. Please join us on March 14, 2020 to sweat to support our Nepali sisters. Please contact Rumble to register. $20 per person. Thanks to Rumble, 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to the Shanti Foundation and the publishing of “Who Am I?”. 

A local Calgarian, Jordan Knapp spent time in Nepal while working toward her Masters. She experienced meeting the women of Kathmandu first hand. If you are interested in other ways to support The Shanti Foundation, please email Jordan at [email protected] 

If you would like more information on ‘Who Am I’ or The Shanti Foundation, please view their website
For more information on The Dissociate, please visit

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