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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