whywe do what we do
The extreme poverty faced by Manemma’s* family led to her facing a lifetime of sexual exploitation and abuse. Illiterate and uneducated, Manemma was destitute and in fear of her daughter being forced into the same sex slavery.
We gave Manamma a business grant to buy a buffalo to earn a living from selling milk and her daughter a safe place in our children’s shelter and an education. Manemma is one of our representatives now working to help free other women and girls from exploitation.
This is why we do what we do.
*Name changed and representative image used.
prevention and rehabilitation
Schools, community healthcare and economic empowerment programmes also play a significant part in preventing women from being exploited and in restoring dignity to those who are being helped out of such exploitation.
The main focus of our work is a rural development programme in the Indian state of Telangana where these issues are prevalent.
rights and awareness
Our Indian colleagues have designed a programme in consultation with women who have or are experiencing such exploitation. They provide advice and support, assist the most vulnerable in accessing benefits, rights and legal help, along with raising awareness in villages and at festivals.
caring for the vulnerable
Our children’s refuge shelter provides care and protection to the most vulnerable along with access to education, healthcare and counselling. An expanded shelter will also offer short-term places and skills training to at-risk women.
youcan make it happen
We want to empower more women so that they are equipped to resist or avoid exploitation and abuse, and help more women escape and recover.
You can help by making a donation or by donating to our Free A Woman fund to help at-risk women through economic empowerment.
a place of safety
Our Pratigya Children’s Refuge Shelter is a haven for at-risk girls from poor and marginalised communities.
Awareness, education, empowerment and confidence-building among marginalised women in 200 villages.
Giving opportunities, livelihoods and dignity to at-risk women through business set-up grants and vocational training.
Our Community Health Workers not only provide a reassuring presence in the local community but also help prevent sickness and disease – a cause and consequence of human trafficking, abuse and exploitation.