In rural India, girls drop out of school after missing one week of school a month for several months due to problems related to menstruation. Menstuation biology is not taught in schools and more importantly saniatry pads are not available to them. They use newspapers, dirty rags and get sick. Once they are out of school once a week in a month, they fall behind and never catch up. Unsympathetic teachers and lack of support force the girls to drop out. They then become primary targets for traffickers.
ASSET India has decided to tackle this problem in partnership with Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation in their Child Friendly Villages. We have souugh the assistance of Suhani Mohan, an engineer/inventor and founder of Saral Designs. Our intial plan is to distribute low cost sanitary napkins and subsequently establish production units operated by local communities.
in northern Karnataka, ASSET has initiated a program to set up local manufacturing of sanitary pads for distribution among children of ex-sex workers. We have had great success providing interest free loans to ex sex workers for starting income generating business on condition that their daughters and grand daughters continue in school and not enter the sex trade.
in partnership with Prajwala, ASSET Provided computers, uninterrupted power supplies and other teaching materials in middle schools in West Godavari district middle schools attended primarily by children of sex workers. The project has received commendation from the government.
Apr 19, 2017
Computers donated to middle schools
By Ray Umashankar - Executive Director
Computer classrooms Inauguration
In cooperation with our partner Dr. sunitha Krishnan, ASSET India provide computers, overhead projectors and other related euipment to tow elementary and middle schools attended by girls who are highly vulnerable to sex trafficking.
the project has been completed successfully and below is the letter from the District Collector Ms. Damayanthi:
I am Damayanthi, Dr Sunitha Krishnan's friend and beneficiary of your donation of computers to Vanguru and Lakshmipuram village schools in Pedavegi mandal of West Godavari District. I am extremely grateful to you for donating the entire computer equipment including the projectors required for conduct of digital classrooms in Vanguru and Lakshmipuram Govt schools. These systems are helping the students to understand the concepts and learn better. We are planning to conduct summer camps with the help of our staff to ensure learning outcomes of these students are as expected.. It would be pleasure for us to have you in the village so that you could interact with the students. I am currently posted in Delhi as Executive Director of FCI. In case you happen to come to Delhi, kindly let me know. we could meet . I, once again, thank you profusely for your kindness in donating the systems to our village students. with a note of thanks and warm regards, yours sincerely, K.Damayanthi
our partner Prajwala operates a printing facility managed by sex trafficking survivors. ASSET India placed an order for 50,000 notebooks which will be distributed among 10,000 under privileged school children. Each of the 10,000 kits contain 5 notebooks, pencils and erasers.
Jan 4, 2017
The Amazing indomitable Sunitha Krishnan
By Ray Umashankar - Executive Director
New Emergency shelter for 100 girls
Last week in Hyderabad, I was thrilled to meet Puja whose story (below) I have shared with you. Here is the story of Puja, who benefited from your past generous donations:
********** Puja at age 9 sat outside in the cold when her mother had a client inside the hut in the slums of Hyderabad. I was horrified when she said she had to hide under the bed on rainy nights!. When her mother died, Puja's uncle sold her to a wealthy doctor who raped her daily. She escaped and fell into the hands of a trafficker. Puja was finally rescued by our partner Sunitha Krishnan of Prajwala, who has rescued nearly 15,000 victims. (http://www.ted.com/talks/sunitha_krishnan_tedindia#t-3817)
When I met eighteen year old Puja, she told me ASSET India Foundation's English and computer training makes her equal to everyone else out there and she had just spoken in front of 150 delegates at a social work conference. When I asked her what kind of job I should get for her, she replied "I don't want a job, I want to do my MBA"! I wept.
Puja has since finished college but did not do well in the MBA entrance exam but finished her MSW degree. Now she works with Sunitha Krishnan helping girls like herself.
Sunitha runs the largest shelter for trafficking survivors in the country, feeding and clothing more than 1,400 girls. The youngest one I met was 6 years old and it took therapists 18 months to help get her speech back!
We are presently setting up digital classrooms in five elementary schools