ASSET India Foundation

The primary mission of the ASSET is to provide computer literacy for education towards alternate livelihood and as a means of AIDS prevention. The program is designed to assist the children to attain a level of education and familiarity with technology that will enable them to free themselves from being chained to the same profession. The ASSET India Foundation supports Education of the children using Computer Based Functional Literacy and small business ownership using Microfinance.
Dec 4, 2014

ASSET India Partner wins Nobel Peace Prize!

Kailash Satyarthi, Founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize which will be awarded to him in a ceremony in Stockholm later this month. 

BBA and ASSET India Foundation are actively engaged in the rescue, rehabilitation and care of 200 girls trafficked from the tea estates in Assam in north east India.

Chicag based New Generation Power, (www.newgenerationpower.com) has agreed help ASSET in providing solar lighting to villages and schools where children of sex workers and girls vulnerable to sex trafficking live. Solar lighting will help these girls study in the evenings and encourage them to stay in school.

Efforts are underway to provide additional marketable skills to 20 girls on a pilot project in Kolkata in partnership with the Skills Training Institute.

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Sep 10, 2014

Trafficking of girls from rural areas

In order to preven the trafficking of minor girls from the tea estates in north eastern India, ASSET partner Save the Children has been active in supporting the Govt. of India 's proposed a new and much upgraded Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 in India and has already introduced the same in Parliament. All our suggestions in the same have also been accepted.

The Bill would be a major step in the fight against trafficking as it outlaws and prohibits various kinds of trafficking and exploitative situations for which children are being trafficked. These include provisions on :

1. Child marriage - by including a child vulnerable to being married as a child in need of care and protection.

2. Detailing adoption processes and prohibiting illegal adoptions with strict penalties.

3. Prohibiting the operation of Children's homes running without mandatory Govt. registration and licences. As you might be aware, child trafficking for illegal homes (from where children are sent or put in various kinds of exploitative situations) is a big issue currently in India.

4. Increasing punishment for employing a child bonded labourer and making it a non bailable offence.

5. Including a specific provision prohibiting the use of children in armed conflict or organised gangs.

6. Prohibiting the use of any child in vending or peddling or liquor or any other narcotic substance.

When passed (possibly in Dec., 2014), this Bill is expected to fill in the existing gaps in the policy domain and give a lot of impetus to the fight against trafficking in India.

Attched documents provide good news about progress with ethe education of children of ex Devadasis.

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Jun 19, 2014

Trafficking of girls from Assam tea estates

ASSET India foundation, in partnership with Bachpan Bachao Andolan-BBA(Save the Childhood Movement) an organization founded by world renowned human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has embarked on a fundraising challenge to rescue girls from the Assam tea plantations who have been sold by traffickers. Our goal is to help rescue at least 100 of the 127 girls whose parents have filed complaints with the Gauhati high court.

Video Link:
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/video/2014/mar/01/tetley-tea-maids-real-price-cup-tea-video


Shekhar Rahate, award winning fashion designer for events including the Presidential Inauguration, The Oscars and Emmys has agreed to donate his designs for fundraising events.


Thank you.


Ray Umashankar
Executive Director
ASSET India Foundation
ww.assetindiafoundation.org
Tucson, Arizona
520-869-2004

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