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Oct 4, 2019

Keeping children of former sex workers in school

In rural India, it is estimated that nearly 40% of girls drop out of school due to lack of availability of sanitary pads. Girls use dirty rags, newspaper and other material, get sick and miss school for a week once a month. This causes them to fall behind and school teachers and officials are not helpful in remedying the problem.

Once the girls drop out of school, they become primary targets and easy prey for sex traffickers who are eager to entice them with job offers in big cities and subsequently sell them to brothels.

In the northern part of the state of Karnataka, there is a community of more than 3,500 former sex workers who have rebuit their lives starting income generating businesses. In order to help their daughters and grand daughters stay in School, ASSET India Foundation has approached Saral Designs in Mumbai to supply a Sanitary pad making machine. Community members will be trained in the operation of the machine and pads will be distributed door to door.

Saral Designs was founded by Suhani Mohan, a female engineer who quit a high paying investment banking job to help you g women women deal with menstrual hygiene.

Here are two links to Saral Designs:

Jun 26, 2019

PRATHAM USA honors ASSET India With award

PRATHAm USA presented award to ASSET India Foundat
PRATHAm USA presented award to ASSET India Foundat

On April 27; 2019 Pratham USA, Phoenix chapter recognized ASSET India’s efforts to educate marginalized children in India with an award at their annual fundraising gala.

Pratham is the largest educational charity in India providing educational opportunities to more than 8 Million underprivileged children. On the previous evening, Ray Umashankar, Executive Director of ASSET India made a presentation to Pratham board members and invited guests.

ASSET India partner Prajwala operates a printing press emplying girls rescued from sex trafficking. At the beginning of eaxh school year ASSET India purchases notebooks and other materials for school children from poor communities thus helping both sex trafficking survivors and poor children.

Rachna  friend and supporter of ASSET India organized a fundraising event in Miami, Florida on May 31, 2019 and raised $3,000.

Feb 11, 2019

Training of Trainers (TOT)

The first TOT on Victim Centered Investigationfor 44 Master Trainers who are senior police officers started in the police head quarters in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh, India. This training was sperheaded by ASSET India Foundation partner Sunitha Krishnan, Founder of Prajwala. Iin addtion to the State Welfare minister, Ms. Katherine Hadda, U.S. Consul gerenal also attended.

This is the first time Sex trafficking survivor leaders have participated as resource persons to train police officers on victim centered investigation.they have been a wealth of information and have the best understanding of how to work with victims.

Senior police officers were engrossed in learning nuances of victim centered investigation. The training lasted five days and most successful thanks to the untiring and energetic efforts of Dr. Sunitha Krishnan.

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