We are so excited about the improvement in our girls' skills this year - not just stitching but also English, computers and business skills - and their growing awareness of women's rights, human rights, and specifically their own rights to live a free and independent life.
We were uplifted by our survivors' comments at a recent womens' rights workshop that we held at Destiny. According to Anjali, "Because I am now earning my own money, I don't need to rely on the men in my family to make my decisions for me. I am now renting my own place and make my own budget and I decide what I spend my money on!".
Recently, we have had three more girls move out of shelter homes to live independently for the first time in their lives. We have also begun employing ten more women in a trafficking source region, the Sunderbans, where extreme poverty was exacerbated by the cyclone in May 2009, increasing the risk for young girls to be trafficked. We are also sponsoring an afterschool tutoring program for young girls and boys from that community.
Thank you for your contributions that make our work possible. Our survivors were typically trafficked into brothels at the age of 11 or 12 from rural villages in Bangladesh or rural West Bengal. They have suffered unimaginable abuse and dehumanization, but you would never know it to see them here at Destiny, doing their work, taking leadership, laughing and talking about their futures with so much hope. We welcome your comments about our program so please feel free to contact us.
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