A New Shelter for Sex-trafficking Victims in India


Finally after struggling for more than a year and a half we are near completion of the new shelter. On 28th April 2011 the whole campus will be ready for occupation. With a quite prayer within the family we are planning to shift to the new location in the first week of May. The decision to make it a low key affair has come with growing threats on all the shelters including mob attacks. One relief is followed with another challenge.

The economic empowerment unit and the emergency shelter are facing eviction now. So once we shift all our women and children to the new shelters that is located 60 kms away from the city we will have to start once again with finding a place to accommodate 300 victims!!!

The cycle continues and life goes on...Will post a video of the new shelter in a few weeks time...till then million thanks to all of you wonderful souls who are praying for our cause.   

A view of the children
A view of the children's home

Greetings from chilly Hyderabad! All of us here are lost mobilizing support to complete the construction of the new shelter. It is nearing end. If all goes well we should shift by the end of February. Never knew construction was such a depleting exercise!

As we usher in the New Year, we are truly hoping this year will be something to rejoice at least in terms of a safe place for all the girls and children. The new campus will have facilities for over 1200 residents, with a school and a hospice. I hope we will have some volunteers from the medical fraternity to manage the hospice. Attaching here the picture of one of the buildings(children's home). Thank you all for having faith in us. And I do hope if you ever travel to Hyderabad you will come and visit us and our new shelter. 


" Dear friends of Prajwala...last many months have been crazy. Construction of the new shelters is at its peak. In two months time we will complete the work. Running short of 300,000 USD as the cost of construction material has shot by 200% here in Hyderabad. I am keeping my fingers crossed. I am praying and hoping something will come through. These are some photos taken a month back...but the work is 75% complete.Its race against time for us here as we have to shift on 01-01-2011. Do pray for us"  
Dr Sunitha Krishnan


Dear Friends of Prajwala warm greetings from a very damp and slushy Hyderabad. Just wanted to give you a quick update of the construction of our new shelter. We are not taking any chances and ensuring that the campus is a full fledged one. Thank you so much for all your faith and support.


Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who visited our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On June 10th he visited a Prajwala complex in Hyderabad, which houses several social enterprises. His “Postcard” from the visit:

Prajwala rightly restricts visitors to their shelters for trafficking victims, but I was able to see part of their holistic rehabilitation approach: A workshop housing several small-scale production facilities. Most of the organizations I’ve met with are tackling one aspect of a complex problem; Prajwala has grown quickly over the years and now has the resources to provide a comprehensive response to sex-trafficking in Hyderabad. In addition to initial interventions, advocacy, education, healthcare and counseling, Prajwala places a lot of emphasis on rehabilitation and reintegration. Economic reintegration in particular often seems not given proper due but Prajwala seems to be doing a good job of it, with opportunities that go well beyond the typical tailoring or craft-making.

Prajwala chose trades—metalworking, carpentry, printing, binding—which are traditionally dominated by men and which have a viable commercial market. The facility was clean and seemed well run. The products I saw—desks, bunk beds, notebooks, pamphlets, workbooks, screen prints—looked professionally made. Clients thus far are mostly schools. The enterprises are not currently profitable but Prajwala is hoping they soon will be with a concerted marketing push to corporations, hospitals, etc.

I saw plots of land where, in the off-season, the women grow vegetables to sell to other Prajwala canteens. I thought this a very good sign—that they sell the produce to other parts of the organization. It reflects the entrepreneurial foundation needed to make these businesses sustainable.

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, co-founder of Prajwala, says that the human component leads the structural in their organization. So donors can rest assured that their contribution toward this new building is going to an organization with the capacity to take full advantage of it.

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