Charity Women Empowerment
To help women who are at risk of being trafficked & in sexual exploitation and perpetrators of human trafficking.
raised of 20,00,000 goal
days to go
Human Trafficking (HT) is the second largest illegal trade in the world, and the fastest growing crime. While it is a most heinous crime, it is also a multi-billion dollar business. The stories about the victims are too gory, the emotions too painful and the violence inhuman.
Purnata works holistically & collaboratively using research and innovation to End Human Trafficking by ensuring wholeness for all, from the inside out. They primarily target Children (largely girls), women at risk of being trafficked & in sexual exploitation and perpetrators of human trafficking.
What is Purnata doing about the problem?
1. Research to identify source areas of trafficking.
2. Prevention through General Awareness, Targeted Awareness and formation of ACT groups
3. Outreach in vulnerable communities like Red Light Areas through our Day Care Center for children.Currently we serve little over 30 women and over 30 children.
4. Rehabilitation Home for survivors of trafficking.Currently we have set up a two bedroomed house for four girls in the suburbs but plan to get an independent house closer in the city by next year to house about 15-20 girls who are survivors of trafficking.
5. Reintegration. The reintegration of trafficking victims often is a difficult,complex, and long-term process. It is different for each victim, and it involves not only the victim but also the environment and culture within which the reintegration is to take place. We walk the whole journey with them and remain their family.
Education. Provide a range of educational opportunities, including formal and non-formal education, life skills, and vocational training.
Economic Opportunities. To avoid re-trafficking, survivors need the skills to earn an adequate income. Skills training programs are provided to match the needs of the local job market.
Psycho-Social Support. Survivors of trafficking commonly severe physical and psychological trauma as a result of the violence, rape, threats, addiction, and other means traffickers use to control their victims. Psycho-social support and counseling can help victims of trafficking free themselves from the anxiety and depression and start having a positive image of themselves and rebuilding their self confidence.
What will this money be used for?
1. To reach out to women and children vulnerable to trafficking and in situations of commercial sexual exploitation, offering them the possibility of a different life filled with dignity and purpose.
2. To provide safe housing for survivors of trafficking who choose to leave their slavery for a future with hope and transformation.
3. To provide education, life skills, job training and placement for survivors of trafficking into viable and sustainable jobs/businesses.
4. To bring greater awareness on the issue of human trafficking.
How will the money be used?
When children need care and protection we place them in safer homes or in foster care. We also give those still in the area a safe haven within the Red-Light Area, a second home for them. When women are fed up of living a life without dignity and look forward with hope, we provide them a safe house, food and medical care with lots of love and TLC. We provide necessary training and skills too to prepare them for a life of dignity and instil hope in them to become the brave hearts they were meant to be. This donation will help us scale up what we can do in terms of numbers and quality in the days to come.
We still have 11 lakhs to go. Every share and every donation matters. We look forward to reaching this target because it will make a difference in the lives of so many women and children. If all of us share the post to 10 of our key contacts we can reach this sooner than the target date!
We are overwhelmed by such a response. Thank you again for all your support, it's incredible having you as our partner in ending human trafficking. We feel motivated to keep fighting this fight as long as we need to, and we believe you'll be here with us.
“I grew up in the temple where the priests told me that my parents died after I was born. I don't remember seeing them. I became a young mother around the age of 15 after being raped by an uniformed man back in Nepal. I remember playing in the temple with no idea of what is the world when life changed for me. The father of the baby ran away as soon as he discovered that I was with his child. From being a carefree teenager I began begging in the temple for myself and my daughter -- we lived on the crumbs and clothes people gave us.
I continued living in the temple and cooking for them in exchange for shelter when I was approached by a man — he used to come regularly to the temple. I was cooking on the chulha one day when he called me and said, ‘if you come with me I will take you to my sister's place in India. There won't be any tension of money then". As a scared girl of 16 with a baby, I eagerly nodded my head and followed him blindly because I was desperate to get my daughter out of the situation we were in.
However after I reached Pune, I realised that I wasn’t going to work as domestic help. The 'sister' he had mentioned was a brothel keeper and I had been sold for Rs. 1 lakh. I cried so much that I used to turn red. I refused to work in that trade for the first 5 months that I was in Pune. I used to be beaten with sticks and slapped until I bled by the agent who bought me He used to force me to go with a man who repelled me. The man used to drag me and force himself on me.
Soon this agent sold me to a seth in Bombay for Rs. 60 thousand as I was too difficult for him to manage. The seth was nice. Once I came to Mumbai, life was pretty different. I started willingly going for the kind of work which I refused earlier because I had no other way to feed my daughter. I used to leave her with a lady nearby who I paid Rs. 4000 every month. By this time I was already infected with TB and HIV. I was a lost and wasted life, when I was young itself.
Nine years in the brothels of Mumbai, numerous fights with the brothel keeper, alcohol addiction, living in deplorable conditions and entertaining drunk men; I finally chose to leave the area when hope was offered to me by Purnata.
I dream of living with my daughter together someday, who is now in a hostel. Hopefully I will get a good employment after finishing my training. My life is about her now — I don’t know how long I’ll live, but I want to make sure she’s educated and supports herself. My life has been miserable, but I draw strength and motivation from wanting to raise her well. The strength I’ve had these past few years have been solely because I’m a mother…else I’d have given up long back. But I won’t give up — I’m not ready to let these men, who came night after night to break me. I’m a fighter…I won’t let them win.”
Purnata helps rehabilitate women like Nilu and takes care of their children's expenses. With a little bit of help from you, they can rescue more women and help save them... there's still hope.