Apne Aap Women's Collective
Focus: Women, Girl Child, Livelihoods
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WOMEN and children in Mumbai's Kamathipura are undernourished. Help AAWC, who empower sex workers with alternative livelihood skills and care for their offspring, sponsor their ration requirements for a month.
SERVES the daughters of women in brothels and other vulnerable girls in the red light community, with the aim to prevent the intergenerational cycle of prostitution. Girls are provided education, physical and mental health services, nutrition, extra-curricular activities, and positive influence through mentorship. All these services are designed to help them aspire for professions away from the brothels they have grown up in. ₹9,000 supports one girl for three months under this project.
AIMS to help toddlers of women in sex work to develop physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially in preparation for schooling. AAWC found kids in the red light community were often exposed to drug peddling and gambling, and mimicked the violence they witnessed in the area. Toddlers are provided daily nutrition, education, counselling, medical aid, day care and night shelter services. ₹4,500 supports one toddler for three months under this project.
AIMS to empower women in prostitution with resources to make a living outside the red light area. As most enter the trade at a young age, they are uneducated and unskilled. Under Umeed, they get educational, financial literacy and vocational training, medical assistance, nutrition and counselling services. AAWC also help them procure identity proof and bank accounts so they can access government benefit and schemes. ₹3,900 supports one woman for three months under this project.
Learning of the challenges of women and children in brothel-based prostitution and human trafficking has really opened my eyes. I came away very touched by the passion, dedication, and strength of AAWC’s management and staff.
Earlier, I did not know how to write even a single word. However, after enrolling into AAWC’s Adult Literacy Programme, I’ve learnt to read and recently even wrote my name!
- Manju Vyas CEO
- Hetal Jobenputra Senior Programme Manager
- Poonam Awasthi Field Director
- Pavitra Nirmal Programme Manager (Umeed and Umang)
- Kanchan Sonawane Programme Manager (Udaan)
- Sadique Kalyankar Chief Accountant
- Ambika Konka Documentation Officer
- Sneha Mahajan Fundraising and Communications Manager
- Alka Dadas Resource Mobilization Officer and Night Shelter Supervisor