Shifting to virtual mode or work during the lockdown, all aspects of the Anti-Human Trafficking vertical have adapted to the new methods of working.
Under the Prevention Program, Employability Skills Training Program for women living in slums of Pune has been initiated. This project aims to skill candidates in the age group of 18-30, living in slum areas or belonging to BPL category. 7 centres have been shortlisted across Pune, and aspirant surveys have been initiated. Trainings and placement support will be offered in Retail and Telecom Industry.
In Mumbai, where skills based training was already happening, a successful shift has been made from centre based model to virtual platform. Online batches for training in BPO and Housekeeping in Hospitals has been started. 23 girls have been trained so far, of which 10 girls have been successfully placed and others have been shortlisted. From our previously completed courses of para-nursing and retail 8 and 10 girls have been placed in each sector respectively. Follow ups and tracking of alumni is also being done to provide those with jobs who have lost livelihoods during the lockdown.
Under the Protection Program, while it was not possible to go physically to the shelter homes to offer counselling and trainings, virtual trauma based counselling was initiated with the permission of Department of Women and Child Development, Maharashtra. In the last 2 months, 348 residents have been reached (54 minor boys, 142 minor girls and 152 major women). Sessions were conducted in 19 Protective homes in 11 Districts of Maharashtra. These sessions helped the residents cope with the current situation, manage their emotions and express themselves. Questions related to their rescue, legal process and their cases were also addressed. Survivors who lost their sources of livelihood are also being provided support in finding jobs or setting up their micro-enterprises.
Awareness Programs related to prevention from Corona and Anti-Human Trafficking has been started on Yerla Wani Radio in Satara, Sangli, Kohlapur and Solapur districts of Maharashtra. Apart from this, the team has been providing Covid Relief Support extensively. Grocery kits were provided to 1000 families in Sangli, Satara, Kohlapur, Solapur, Latur, Osmanabad and Nanded District of Maharashtra. Another 840 families from 42 villages of Satara, Sangli, Kohlapur and Solapur were also provided with grocery support. 25 Government shelter homes in Maharashtra were provided with Health and Hygiene products for the survivors residing there. 800 grocery kits and 500 hygiene kits were also provided in Turbhe area of Navi Mumbai.