New Light is a nonprofit charitable trust that protects and educates young girls, children and women who are at high risk in their community by providing safe shelters, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, social enterprises, healthcare and legal aid.
Thank you for your donations in the past and even small sums of money can make a big difference in the lives of victims of traffiking, vulnerable women forced into prostitution and their at-risk children. Village Volunteers is the fiscal agent for New Light through the Half the Sky Foundaiton.
Through the important work that is being done for girls with a night shelter for the little ones, and three safe homes for girls and young women where they go to school, the need to help the boys was appartent. These young men roam the streets of the red light district and have no hope for the future. Recently they opened Khela-Ghar, a residential home for boys.
New Light Boys’ Home, Khela-Ghar, is a part of New Light’s efforts to provide young boys of women who are in prostitution, the opportunity to grow up in a safe and secure environment and realize their full potential. The boys’ home will help remove the male children from the violence filled environment of Kalighat, primarily, where they are exposed to crimes and other socially undesirable practices.
The Home’s aim is to bring and retain as many children and young adults as possible into the mainstream by providing formal education; job oriented training and different vocational activities so that they can choose a life with dignity.
Thank you for all your assistance.
Since a program like New Light needs ongoing funds to support the children in the shelter and in school, they try to set up social enterprises that help women to make an income to support their children. The newest progject that will be scheduled to be set up in January of 2015 will provide income to women and the profits should be able to provide the funds to educate 12 girls a year. The project is called "Empowering Women Period" and is a Village Volunteers' Initiative..
The project will give them the opportunity to make sanitary pads from an invasive species, water hyacinth. This pad is fully biodegradable and will be provided to girls in school who have no means to buy pads themselves. In India, one in four girls drops out of school when they begin menstruating due to many factors.
We thank you for your continual support and welcome any inquieries to this new project that will be a boost to educating and sheltering children in the red light district in Kolcata.
Thank you for your support of New Light and the shelter that works to break the cycle of abuse and sex trafficking through sheltering children who would be wandering the streets when their mother is working. When the children have a place to go, a program that assists them in getting an education, and a home where they are cared for and loved, then the vicious cycle of sex work can be stopped for the lucky ones who are under the care of New Light.
New Light takes chilcren as young as three months old into their shelter as their mother's work. The hope is that the women can be released from their life of slavery but for most, its all they know since they were very young. Giving them choices has been the best that can be done for their children and some of the few women who are able to escape the life. There are several social enterprises set up for alternative incomes for the women and and slowly there is a shift.
Your donation is helpful and provides money for food for the children, medical care and their school tuition.
We thank you for your generosity.
The wonderful work of New Light continues to thrill us as we continue to see Urmi Basu, the founder and director of New Light be reognized as a rare leader.
Urmi Basi founded New Light India in 2000 to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women, girl children and young people. The initiative today provides care and support to more than a thousand people. The organization fights against child prostitution and trafficking and protects young girls, children and women who are at high risk in their community by providing safe shelters and housing, educational opportunities, health care, and legal aid.
Please take a look at these two videos about the project.
Link to PBS short video with America Ferrera
A choreographed dance of the girls in the safe home dancing through the streets of the red light district
Any support that contunes to come in for New Light is used to educatie the children and provide them with a safe and secure place to live.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Any conversation about New Light and how they educate and shelter children who ae the children of sex workers must begin with Urmi Basu, the extraordinary founder. Urmi Basi founded New Light India in 2000 to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women, girl children and young people. The initiative today provides care and support to more than a thousand people. The organization fights against child prostitution and trafficking and protects young girls, children and women who are at high risk in their community by providing safe shelters and housing, educational opportunities, health care, and legal aid.
Urmi is featured in two time Pulitzer prize winning author, journalist and op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof' columns, and his best selling book and documentary Half the Sky. The documentary was shown on PBS featuring Urmi and her work with the victims of trafficking. http://video.pbs.org/video/2274938924 Following the documentary Urmi received the Global Citizen Award at the Global Music Festival in Central Park, New York which was organized to mark zero tolerance for hunger, poverty and abuse.
The work we do with Urmi is always inspiring. While we have not raised a lot on this platform, we hope to do so in the future. Every bit counts.
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