Apne Aap Women's Collective
Focus: Girl Child, Livelihoods, Women
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CHILDREN born into brothels have to unlearn harmful behaviours with therapy and counselling before they can enter formal education. Help nurture and prepare 50 under-fives from Kamathipura for school.
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 (‘hope’ in Hindi), 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. This year Rs 30.6lakhs will serve 500 women per 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 with education, physical and mental health services, nutrition, extra-curricular activities, exposure visits 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. Rs 67lakhs will fund 90 girls for a year.
AIMS to help toddlers (2.5 to 5 years) of women in the sex trade to develop physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially in preparation for schooling. AAWC found kids in the red light community were often drugged while their mothers solicited, exposed to drug peddling and gambling and mimicked the violence they witnessed in the area. To provide 48 children with daily nutrition, education, counselling, medical aid, day care and night shelter services, the year’s budget is Rs 44lakhs.
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