Free India’s daughters from fear
Focus: Anti-trafficking, Women, Livelihoods
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Support the rehabilitation of Manjali, Nazia and Jaya
Fundraiser extended by a week - just need 14% of the target amount needed to get to 100%!!
Thank you! We have now reached the target and will be able to support Manjali, Nazia and Jaya through iPartner's Every8Minutes Campaign. We still have miles to go before we sleep as there are many more Manjalis, Nazias and Jayas out there. Thank you again for your support.
Manjali, Nazia and Jaya have progressed - have a look at our News Feed update below for details.
Fear is a negative emotion and affects both physical and mental health. It weakens both the immune system and the mind, and keeps the oppressed in their place. Part of the rehabilitation process of young, rescued girls is for them to overcome their anxieties and follow a path towards financial independence. The end motive of the prevent-rescue-heal approach of the Every8Minutes initiative is to “bring life back into these children’s eyes”.HOW WILL MY CONTRIBUTION HELP?
For Manjali, 19, now back home with her parents in a remote village in the Indo-Bhutan border, the way out of poverty is to become self reliant. Your contribution will help her set up shop selling traditional Mekhela Chador sarees. It will help Jaya, studying for her 10th standard board exams, pay her legal costs to put her perpetrator behind bars. And for Nazia, just 15, it will fulfill her dream of a “good education” in a private school.
I believe in a world of justice and human rights for all. A world where girls can grow up free of fear of abuse. A world where women are treated with the respect and dignity that is their right.
The exploitation of one human being by another is the basest crime. And yet trafficking in persons remains all too common, with all too few consequences for the perpetrators.
I will work hard and become a police officer so that I can stop bad people from trafficking young girls like me.
I want to see the day he is put in jail for life for destroying my life. No girl should ever face what I have.
I dream to open my own shop. I want to sell Mekhela Chador (traditional saree). This way I can also employ other girls who have faced similar torture and pain.
Once the Fundraiser is complete, Rs 1lakh will be allocated for each of the girls to set up a freedom fund to enable them to follow their chosen paths towards independence and freedom from fear.
WALKING long distances from home to high school has its dangers in rural India - especially for adolescent girls. Help IHMP buy 50 cycles at ₹4,000 each so girls can ride to school, instead of dropping out.
THE education system leaves youth ill-equipped to deal with situations beyond the textbook - especially those who enjoy little privilege. Help Medha teach critical life skills to 25 urban poor schoolgoers.
We are so pleased that our "Free India's daughters from fear" fundraiser was so successful on Small Change. We managed to raise around 2.5lakh, all of which was put in a freedom fund to provide resources for Manjali, Nazia and Jaya to enable them move forward independently, and without fear.
Here's their progress so far -
Manjali is currently enrolled in a six-month tailoring course at Amguri Vocational Training Centre in Kokrajhar, Assam. After she completes the course, she plans to set up her own weaving enterprise.
Nazia currently lives in a transit home in Kishanganj. Since her case is still pending due to non-availability of a legal guardian, she has been unable to enroll full-time at a school. She is, however, receiving basic education at the transit home. Once her case is settled, she will be able to enroll full-time at school as a regular student.
Jaya has been living in a shelter home for almost a year now. This year, Jaya will be able to take her junior school exams, and a certified dance exam.
Manjali, Nazia and Jaya seem to be moving forward and up, and we can't wait to see how far they go!
On 5 December at Tughlakabad village, New Delhi, young girls, women and children from the local community held a silent walk as part of Every8Minutes ‘Walk for Freedom’ National Campaign to throw light on the issue of missing children in India and their right to care, protection, education.
The symbolic walk ended with children performing a street play to raise awareness about child marriage and child trafficking and a signature campaign.