Empower 100 Girls in Asia's Largest Red Light Area

by Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC) Vetted since 2013 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


This fundraiser will help girls living in Kamathipura, one of Asia's largest and oldest red light areas, pursue a better life beyond the brothels. In the past 16 years, AAWC has provided 700+ girls with education, extracurricular activities, and career guidance. 100% of graduates have entered respected professions outside of prostitution, including accounting, beauty, BPO, dance, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, medical compounding, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching.

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90% of women in Kamathipura's brothels are trafficking victims. Their children grow up in the red light area, surrounded by pornography, disease, narcotics, gambling, poor sanitation, and sexual abuse. Because many girls lack a safe place to study -- or even to sleep -- they face high risk of second-generation prostitution. When new AAWC girls are asked what they want to be when they grow up, it is not uncommon to hear, "I want to be a brothel madam" -- the most powerful woman in their world.


Every Monday-Friday, the girls are provided academic tutoring and nutritional meals and supplements. On Saturdays, they attend various empowerment workshops (e.g., personal finance, general and menstrual health, human rights, English, computers), recreational workshops (e.g., drawing, dance, yoga), or field excursions (e.g., museums, theaters, on-site career tours, amusement parks). Girls at highest risk of prostitution live in the AAWC night shelter or are referred to a partner boarding home.

Long-Term Impact

In the past 16 years, none of the girls who have graduated from AAWC's program have entered prostitution. This project will support our goal of 100 members to achieve similar success through higher education and/or a stable profession (e.g., accounting, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, retail, social work, teaching). Upon reintegration into mainstream society, these young women will also be able to secure the economic stability necessary to take their mothers out of prostitution as well.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Success Stories - see what our girls are doing now
AAWC - press releases
Sex trafficking and the red light area
Legislation on sex trafficking and prostitution

Organization Information

Apne Aap Women's Collective (AAWC)

Location: Mumbai, MH - India
Website: http:/​/​www.aawc.in
Project Leader:
Manju Vyas
Mumbai, MH India
$85,687 raised of $100,000 goal
922 donations
$14,313 to go
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