May 3, 2021

Update: Preventing Prostitution in Covid times

A child struggling back from school
A child struggling back from school

Delhi is one of the worst hit, in the devastating second wave of Covid. This virulent virus claims at least 2,000 deaths and 350,000 new infections every day. Schools reopened briefly, in February and March.  We did four sessions, in batches, one per week for our girls there.

The sessions were on transitioning to school after staying at home for nine months. Many of the children are first generation learners and did not have access to online education.  The sessions were on catch up study plans, mental health issues dealing with the Covid, loss of parents livelihood or the loss of a parent and health and hygiene. 

In April, schools are closed again, and they are sent back to the red-light area again. This wave has been devastating. As  parent continue to die or fall sick, lack of food and medicine has become a major issue. Housing and fresh air is a luxury. Some women have committed suicide. Some have simply abandoned their children and gone elsewhere. The crematoriums are too full to accommodate them. 

In this scenario, Apne Aap has been ensuring food and medicines, of course. In addition, we have also begun to provide transportation for vaccinations and hospital referrals. For some of the children we have found safe housing.

I will share the story of two girls as an example. One is in Class 12 and one is in Class 8.

Their school shut down in the devastating second wave and they were sent back home. Home was a small room in the red-light area. The room also served as the brothel for their mother. Unable to look after her children, the mother had run away.

Predators began to ask the children to act in sex videos in return for food.

Luckily an Apne Aap community mobilser was able to find a rental accommodation far from the red light area for the children. Apne Aap was able to also send them groceries, a wi-fi dongle and computer. We were also able to find students to teach them online. They are safe, healthy, and studying.

There are 6 million children of the 230 million vulnerable children in India, who will not go back to school due to lack of food. We are helping some of them in the red-light areas of Delhi, Kolkata and Bihar. Help us help the most excluded women and children in this devastating Covid pandemic.

Child studies under a bridge due to school closure
Child studies under a bridge due to school closure
Some children don't have a proper house
Some children don't have a proper house
Struggling to keep up
Struggling to keep up
Food is a luxury
Food is a luxury
What next?
What next?

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Apr 29, 2021

India Covid Relief for girls update

Woman with food packet
Woman with food packet

We have provided food, medicines, housing support, school supplies, to 57,739 women and children in red-light areas, migrant slums and refugee camps. The food is in the form of dry ration kits that contain rice, dal, onions, potatoes, cooking oil, salt, sugar and spices. each kit has enough ration for 100 meals.In total we provided 5.4 million meals and 200,000 kits of medicines and sanitary pads.

In addition we put in soap, sanitizers, masks and essential medicines like paracetemol and vitamins, as well as sanitary pads. 

In April, a devastating second wave of Covid has hit with a virulent virus. 2,000 deaths and 350,000 new infections are reported every day. In the red-light area, where we work, children have lost a parent or parents have lost all livelihood.

Their schools are closed and they are sent back to the red light area. Lack of food has become a major issue, as has housing. Fresh air is a luxury. Wi-fi and computers are a fry cry for most children to access online education.

Some women have committed suicide. The crematoriums are too full too accommodate them.

In this scenario, Apne Aap has been ensuring food and medicines, of course. In addition, we have also begun to provide connection and transportation for vaccinations and hospital referrals. For some of the children we have found safe housing.

I will share the story of two girls as an example. One is in Class 12 and one is in Class 8.

Their school shut down in the devastating second wave and they were sent back home. Home was a small room in the red light area. The room also served as the brothel for their mother. Unable to look after her children, the mother had run away.

Predators began to ask the children to act in sex videos in return for food.

Luckily an Apne Aap community mobilser was able to find a rental accommodation far from the red light area for the chidren. Apne Aap was able to to also send them groceries, a wi-fi dongle and computer. We were also able to find students to teach them online.

They are safe, healthy and studying.

There are 6 million children of the 230 million vulnerable children in India, who will not go back to school due to lack of food. we are helping some of them in the red-light areas of Delhi, Kolkata and Bihar. Help us help the most excluded women and children in this devastating Covid pandemic.

Our food van
Our food van
A ration kit
A ration kit
women with our ration kits
women with our ration kits
Food distribution
Food distribution
Studying safely
Studying safely

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Dec 3, 2020

Emergency Covid Response to prevent prostitution

Apne Aap food distribution in Najafgarh
Apne Aap food distribution in Najafgarh

Since March 24, schools are shut due to the Covid pandemic. Of the 750 targeted girls in the Najafgarh school, few were able to access the online education. They did not have computers or access to data plans. Many are first genration learners and needed mentoring with classes. On top of that, children from the red-light areas were trapped in brothels with mothers, whose livelihoods have depleted. They lost access to food and education.

Apne Aap's emergency reposne has been to ensure continued food supply for the most vulnerable girls in Najafgarh. We distribute ration kits with supplies to cook 100 meals every month.

So far we have distribute ration for 453,000 meals and 50,000 sanitary pads for 150 girls in the last six months.

We have also donated computers to some of the girls and are paying the rent for for four girls to live outside the red light area.

Our community mobilisers are in constant touch with the school. It has been a challenge to overcome the logistics breakdown in the area. Apne Aap team members are still continuing with site visits to the grils and constant phone converstaions.

We will need to continue this support till March as there is no sign of the schools opening. We seek your help to donate more computers and food and pay rent for more girls.

We are very proud of a few girls, who have formed a music group with the help of an online music teachers that we found. This is keeping the spirit up of the girls.

Our food ration kit distributed in Najafgarh
Our food ration kit distributed in Najafgarh
Children studying at home during school shutdown
Children studying at home during school shutdown

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