Around 20,000 young women and children are victims of human trafficking, every year in India; 45% of them are children. The state of Andhra Pradesh records growing number of cases. Trafficked victims often face irreversible damage, due to frequent abuse. The girls are denied education and face significant health risks, including HIV and are often placed in situations of extreme dependence. The rescued girls needs a space to heal - eventually to be reintegrated to live a normal life.
We, at HELP, recognize child trafficking is the worst form of child exploitation. Asha Sadan is the only transit centre in the coastal Andhra, recognized by the Government, to rehabilitate and re-integrate victims of child trafficking. Here, the girls are provided with basic needs, education, health, trauma counseling, vocational training, life skills and others. Besides providing a shelter, the Home also serves as a community of children and adults, a safe environment for healing and nurturing.
We hope our efforts of rehabilitation and social re-integration prevents re-trafficking by promoting sustainable livelihood for the girls. We work both with the family and duty bearers within the community to ensure safety when we take the girls back to the community. We support these girls in becoming economically and socially independent and to create sustainable, positive change in their lives.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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