Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence

by Save The Children India
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Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence
Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence
Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence
Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence
Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence
Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence
Help Girls to End the Cycle of Poverty & Violence

Shabana, a zestful, euphoric girl from Ghatkopar happens to be the eldest child in a family of 7 siblings. Shabana had the opportunity to attend school till VIIIth grade, however post that she had to discontinue her studies because of an inevitable financial crunch that her family faced. Shabana happily gave up all her desires of pursuing further education and soaring high for the sake of her family.

However, destiny had some more troubles in store for her. Since shabana was confined to the walls of her home she easily got tricked by her uncle who under the garb of buying a dress for her forcefully brought her to Gujarat. This marked the onset of 3 long dark years with no sliver of hope. To top it all, her uncle abused her physically, tortured her mentally and exploited her emotionally. Nevertheless, after years of relentless struggles, the fighter in her finally managed to escape the clutches of her uncle.

Life finally took a positive turn for Shabana after she met a kind hearted soul who not just helped her navigate through the choppy waters but also went the extra mile to reunite her with her family in ghatkopar. Upon reaching Ghatkopar, Shabana opened up about her horrendous experiences and plucked up her courage to lodge a police complaint against her uncle.

Seeing Shabana’s life struggles, STCI pitched in and wanted to extend help that could ease her life in some way. We at STCI left no stone unturned and ever since there has been no looking back. The power of perseverance helped Shabana sail through difficult times and these challenging times helped her get stronger in her resolve to persue her dreams. Shabana became a part of Sahas Kendra, where she had the opportunity to fulfill her dreams and resume her education. With the help of teachers at Sahas Kendra and her own tireless efforts, Shabana passed her SSC 10th Standard with flying colors. This initial success acted as a stepping stone that gave her the confidence and motivation to achieve much more in life. With renewed vigour she then geared up for her XIIth boards too. With the help of STCI, She got herself enrolled in SNDT College for FYJC from Arts stream. She regularly attended the college and visited Sahas Kendra everyday where she completed her college homework, got all her doubts clarified and studied with full zest .

Team STCI supported Shabana in every possible capacity from supporting her with tution / college fees to filling up exam forms and even family counseling and home visits to convince her parents to let her sit for the exam. With steady support received from STCI Shabana burned the midnight oil and staved off any challenges that came her way. Ultimately all her hard work has paid off as she recently passed her XIIth board exam in the year 2019-2020 with wonderful grades.

Apart from studies Shabana has also nurtured her hobby of sewing by pursuing a tailoring course at Sahas Kendra. She finds her true passion in tailoring and thus aspires to be a top notch fashion designer one day.

With support from donors like yourself, we can help thousands of such girls end the cycle of poverty and violence.

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Laxmi, who hails from the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, has been staying with her family near Turbhe, Mumbai. She is a very bubbly and extroverted girl. However, her aspirations were constrained by her family, who allowed her to continue school and Jr. College, but did not permit her to work. Her father is the sole earner in the family and he firmly believed that there was no need for her to work, stating always that he could provide her with the basic necessities. However, when the Covid-pandemic induced lockdown was in place, her father’s work started becoming irregular, thus affecting the family’s income. When Laxmi heard about the courses offered by STCI, she immediately enrolled for the same, and completed the BPO training course through a virtual platform, without letting her family know about it. She revealed the same to her family when she received a job offer, with a starting salary of Rs. 13,000/- per month. This was the first time her father recognized her aspiration to be economically independent and supported her whole-heartedly. Laxmi states happily that she feels like a free bird now and is better prepared for the uncertainties of life.


STCI, through our myriad skills training interventions, have reached out to and trained over 500 young women in Maharashtra during the lockdown, through virtual training in the trades of E-Retail, BPO and Para Nursing. We have placed candidates in esteemed companies like Bajaj Finance, Tech Mahindra, Tata Motors and so on.

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The world is facing unexpected Coronavirus challenge. India will be a country with 1 million confirmed cases in matter of few days and remains one of the worst affected country today. The lockdown in the country has resulted in loss of jobs and income for millions of Indians. ILO recently reported that 400 million workers in India may sink into poverty amid coronavirus pandemic. These difficulties have severe and devastating impact on urban poor, migrant workers and daily-wage labourers who are with non-existent economic buffer or social security or welfare safety net. 

Save The Children India through its Anti- trafficking efforts have been working with most vulnerable communities and providing young women with skills training and livelihood opportunities. We are happy to share that Save The Children India continued to provide skills training to young women using digital platforms and pivoted to the trades that have job opportunities in current situations. 

The batch of 12 young women were trained in para nursing trades and were placed on job in renowned hospitals offering care and treatment to Covid19 infected and other patients. 

We are happy to bring this story to you as we aim at skill trained 3000 young women this year. 

Thank you for your support and for being friend of Save The Children India 

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Save The Children India, in collaboration with the staff of the Special Rehabilitation Home for Minors, Deonar (Mumbai, India), conducted an alumni meet for the minor survivors of Human Trafficking, who have resided at the Shelter Home previously. The objective of holding the alumni meet was to encourage, motivate and educate the girls who are currently residing in the shelter on what they can potentially achieve in the future. It also provided a platform for the ex-residents of the shelter home to interact with their peers and share their experiences of pursuing studies and/or working in different sectors of employment.

A total of 48 survivors who were previously in the shelter home attended the alumni meet. Many came from the after care homes, where they are currently pursuing further education/training or are going for job. On the other hand, some of the women who have been restored back to their families and are currently employed, were also a part of the meet.

One of the survivors shared how after leaving the shelter home she was assisted in taking up a Graphic Designing course, on completion of which she has now become a graphic designer. On the side, she also makes jewellery and also offers jewellery making classes to others.

Another survivor shared how despite the hard circumstances she faced, she continued with her education and is now pursing her MBA.

One of the survivors shared how after leaving the after care home, she has started taking tuition classes along with jewellery making work. She is also preparing for her SSC exams simultaneously.

These stories shared by the alumni motivated the girls who are currently residing in the shelter home. It gave them hope and encouraged them to use the services provided by the shelter home and NGO’s so that even they can achieve great heights in their lives.


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Unemployment in the 15-29yrs age group is currently at 27.2% for urban women in India.

The lack of high quality, relevant training institutions and regressive social norms make it harder for women from vulnerable communities to gain financial independence and security. At Save The Children India, we believe in equal rights for women and strive to empower them to contribute and gain from the country’s growing economy.

Our Interventions aim at preventing violence against vulnerable women by empowering them through skill-based programs at community-based centres. It is an opportunity that helps them break the cycle of poverty and discrimination. The program includes employability skills training, linking them to jobs and other income generating options like enterprise development, which in turn leads to financial independence and greater control over their own lives.

This quarter we were successful in providing skills training to 240 young women in various marketable trades such as retail, Sales and Marketing, Nursing, Beauty and wellness etc. This opportunity has helped them to take employment and work towards breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. 

This Christmas, help us reach more women with continuing supporting us. 

Thank you

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Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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