Jan 25, 2021

Sai is still learning thanks to you!

Sai is in the 10th grade. His parents work in the quarry, breaking rocks by hand. Some days their hands become so torn up that his parents aren't able to work at all. Because of this, Sai couldn't afford to go to school. On top of all these struggles, Covid has also ravaged India throughout the last year.

But because of you, Sai is able to learn safely! Your support provided access not only to education, but food and hygiene supplies for him and his family. 

This is what he had to say: "I am utilizing the facilities and studying well. It feels like a miracle that we have been supported all these months. I am so thankful."

Thank you for providing wholistic care for Sai. Because of you, his needs are met and he can focus on learning, even during a pandemic!   

Jan 25, 2021

Rashmi is finally safe after a lifetime of hurt!

Rashmi was born in a small village. Raised by her paternal uncle and aunt after the loss of her parents, Rashmi’s childhood was one filled with ill-treatment, hurtful words, overwork and neglect. Her life would be buried in household chores after school, half plate meals, bruises and abuse. 

She would often dream of earning enough money to start a new life away from all this chaos of her childhood. When children would dream of becoming doctor, teacher, Rashmi dreamt of running away to a better life. At this junction, she met with a woman from her village who promised her an astounding new life in Mumbai. With no delay Rashmi jumped at the opportunity and ran away with the woman to Mumbai. 

At Bhiwandi’s red-light area young Rashmi’s fate was sealed, captive behind the brothel walls, abused beyond words, she succumbed to her circumstances. Her captors kept her for a period of three years before allowing her to visit her family. But this freedom for Rashmi was short lived as her money ran out, and with no other means to earn a living she returned back to the flesh trade. 

One fateful afternoon, a worried Rashmi confided in our staff that someone had informed her family about her identity as a commercial sex-worker in Mumbai and Rashmi was scared of the repercussion this revelation would bring. The staff consoled her and suggested exiting the trade to Rashmi, they also assured her they would help her be trained at a life skill and acquire a job. Rashmi couldn’t believe her teenage dream of freedom could be fulfilled 17 years later. With all courage she could muster she decided to trust the staff who was promising her freedom.  

 Rashmi wasn’t betrayed like the first time. Six months later she has enrolled in an English speaking course and undergoing life skills training. Rashmi has embraced her new life and she can’t wait to put her past behind her and move forward. 

Thank you for providing Rashmi the opportunity to escape to a better life, and for continued support for the women left to be rescued.

*Name and photo changed for safety 

Jan 25, 2021

Pandi is receiving essential support!

Pandi is a new student at the computer system who comes from a remote village. She had completed her teacher training course, but since she did not get any job, she decided to study computers to better her chance of getting hired.

She is a person affected by polio and walks with a limp. The physiotherapist has advised that she should wear calipers. Because of your support, she will receive this life-changing tool!

She is quite timid and speaks softly. On a trip to the lake for boating, she started shivering as she had never seen so much of water in one place! She refused boating, but the staff slowly convinced her that with the life jacket and experienced boatmen, it is safe. She reluctantly agreed and came for boating with her eyes closed. But after that, when we went to the beach she started enjoying the water and the waves. 

It is because of your generosity that students like Pandi gain the confidence, knowlege, and support to succeed! There are many more students with disabilites to support, and we're thankful you're joining us in the work left do be do. 


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