Namaste to you and your family.
My goodness me, summer is coming and temperatures are on the rise daily, already reaching 100F
Here at Rescue Junction we have been as busy as always.
And I am excited to tell you of our new initiative "Operation Innocence" we are running with the police and other law enforcement agencies in rescuing underage girls from commercial sex abuse. Regular readers of our updates will know we have always done this, but now we have an organised programme . I am happy to tell you all that just a week before acting on information received several underage girls were rescued from a guest house in Bodhgaya where they were being used for sex and several arrests were made. They are now receiving counselling under the programme so many of you have supported .
As one girl said,
"I began to think I had been totally abandoned , who and from where was going to help me?, to bring me out of hell. Then suddenly a golden window opened and I was free.
Every night I prayed for such a release. It has come and I am here. For the first time for as long as I can remember I feel safe"
Thank you for all for your support.
It's me Sunita ( Director of Rescue Junction) again with another update. Firstly I would like to congratulate our chairman Mr Deepak Kumar for meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently ( please see photo and our FB page link is below) and should his Holiness ever be able to visit us a very warm welcome awaits him.
So how are the girls? I will let one of them, Sita tell you in her own words, (name changed,, words not changed )
Respected greetings to you all.
My name is Sita Kumari I am so happy to be able to tell you how happy I am to be in Rescue Junction with the programme of support and training. If you have had nobody in your life that really cared about you how you would feel? Like I did before I came here. It is something nobody should ever feel. Its the worst feeling in the world and I am so glad it has gone forever.
Please continue to help us and spread the word we are so very gratefull. Here we feel safe and cared about and we are learning usefull skills.
Thank you all!
Sita Age 15
Thank you also for all your help over the Christmas period , fantastic generosity and kindness. Please take some time to visit our website, the link is below.
With Thanks and Best Wishes,
Well here in India the festivities of Diwali are now over, the weather is pleasantly cool and we are looking to shortly start our annual appeal for warm winter clothing and blankets for street children, so look out for that!
As regular supporters will know Rescue Junction is remarkable for accepting all children in need both boys and girls. I believe it is particularly important because if you look at this project the number of girls homeless or living on the street who diappear once they reach puberty is extremely disturbing. Our Work at Rescue Junction and this project is designed to stop this from happening in our area .
So are we having success?
What happened to the dollars you donated?
I can tell you from our survey methodology and our important work with the railway and state police plus our work with the district child protection committee, (of which we are a member) the whole landscape for street, trafficked and exploited children has changed dramatically for the better.
So far as this initiative is concerned here is a short letter to you from Diva
( name changed to protect identity)
My name is Diva and I am 13 or 14 years of age.
I am not really sure.
I am so happy to be here at Rescue Junction. My step father used to beat me and I called Childline 1098 and spoke to a kind lady who asked me to stay where I was and someone will come with an ID card with her photo on it to me within 10 mins. I was desperate and was beaten once too often and I had run away. At Rescue Junction I found many "aunties " and even some uncles who for the first time in my life treated me with respect and gentle kindness.
I am studying and taking vocational training for the future making soft toys, and I feel so happy I am getting support from people who care about me.
Thank you for helping me.
I feel safe.
That's where you dollars go everyone, to help girls like Diva.
Thank you all,
This is Sunita ,director of Rescue Junction and the SIGNAL project, and it's time for an update. As you all know the project caters for girls at risk of abuse by providing shelter, food, education, vocational training and support to these vulnerable young women to enable then to have a new start in life. But here at Rescue Junction we admit girls of any age, ( including babies, who have been abandoned) and girls that have been orphaned.
One of our aims is to increase awareness within the local community about the plight of these girls and help us establish a network of protection for them. We work with the police and raid local brothels and we have found girls as young as twelve years of age. In these cases in conjunction with local authorities we always prosecute and bring those responsible for this abuse to Justice . Over 40 people are behind bars today as a result of these prosecutions. We need to establish there will be no safe haven, no escape from those who choose to abuse children.
There are three girls here who we have placed at our expense ( with the help of your donations) in residential school and who come to Rescue Junction for the holidays. Their mother died, and then a year later their father . The eldest girl ( then just 11 years old) ,Pramilla buried him with her own hands as there was no money for a cremation. In the days and weeks that followed the girls were at risk of starving before concerned villagers brought them to the local administration, who placed them in the only place available, Rescue Junction. We need help to pay for their education and care., Every cent that we get from Global Giving goes to help children like Pramilla, Diya and Shanti.(names changed for child protection reasons)
It costs $1000 to care and educate them for one whole year.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity
Wishing you all the best,
This is Sunita Sharma and it's time for another report from Rescue Junction regarding our special initiative for girls here at the centre. I promised in the last report something from one of the girls living here and taking part in this important programme, here it is,
I am 15 years old. When my mother died, when I was 13, my father started to rape me. Like many of the other girls here, people wonder why on earth did you not complain? But complain to who?, I was not sure anyone would listen. And you start to blame yourself.
At that time the free toll number Childline 1098 did not exist in our area, like many other children have done since, I would have dialed it. The call comes to Rescue Junction and is staffed 24 hours every day. But that was not an option then. They would have taken action immediately.
I was so desperate I went to the train lines near the railway station and I was thinking to throw myself under a train. But another girl saw me crying and she told me that there is a place where people can help. A place where I would be safe. I could not believe her but in a nervous way I went with her to the centre called Rescue Junction and I am still here after one year. First it was a relief to be away from my father, and I cried with relief so much. But they have a special thing here for girls where we sit together with staff and when I was ready make a plan for the future. We are taught craft skills making soft toys but it is more than that- we are giving the confidence and support to plan for our future. My father is not allowed to see me or go anywhere near me due to the court. I have no other sisters, and my one brother is in Delhi.
I am also learning to read and write to a much better standard, to know about bank accounts and managing my own finances in the future , many things.
I cannot give my real name so I decided to use the name below.
Please help girls like us,
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