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Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India

by Snehalaya 'Home of Love'
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Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Rescue 615 sex workers & at-risk children in India
Our Founders Quote
Our Founders Quote

***Calendar Reminder :75% Matchfunding on ALL donation made at 2pm Wednesday 15th July***

50% matchfunding 25% giftaid matching While Funds Last!

As you know Snehalaya is a 'Home of Love'.  We support women, children and LGBT to find a safe exit point from poverty and the commercial sex industry.  To gain access to our communities we need to build trust with operators on both sides of the sex industry.  This process can take many years to establish.  We deploy innovative approaches to keep finding a safe way in to reaching our hard to reach clients so we can help them. 

Our Rehabilitation Centre is not full of recovering addicts, it is more a safe haven and place of sanctuary to nurture people who have been treated as societies rejects.  It is filled with hope because the people who are with us are no longer being used and abused.  They have room to breath, room to heal.  We rehabilitate them back to good health.

Snehalaya is more then an organisation, we are a strong passionate family of people united in the belief that no one should stand alone.  Many in our staff first came to us as beneficiaries by needing use of our services.  We understand resilience - the desire to survive, is an extraordinary force.  A sense of belonging and compassion can nurture even the most destitute and fragile people to survive and go on to thrive in life. We join hands and welcome everyone without prejudice.  

We stand together, united as a family for justice and liberty.  

For more information on this project please read our Monthly Project Report attached. 

 

***Calendar Reminder :75% Matchfunding on ALL donation made at 2pm Wednesday 15th July***

50% matchfunding 25% giftaid matching While Funds Last!

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Big smiles from the kids at our daycare centres
Big smiles from the kids at our daycare centres

"I have a gift for you!" exclaimed Habib when on my last day in India I was on a stage infront of all his contemporaries (300 children live at our shelter and know it as home).  As I handed him his much deserved Certificate he flashed his usual confident cheeky smile, head ever so slightly wobbling with excitement.  

Habib aged 15 back then had just completed a film making workshop and was a vocal and passionate pupil during our 4 week course.  He had come to the centre aged 6 from Mumbai where we had been living and begging on a train station.  He pressed a lovingly made hand written document into my hand and held onto it tightly as he passed it over.  'From my heart, Meera Didi' he said.  

If you promise not to cry you can read the words he gave me at the end of this report.

2 years on and Habib is now living independantly in regular contact and full of skills and working in an Interior Design Office.  He is a smart dresser and proudly returns to the centre for offical ceremonies where he is our voluntary offical photographer (he participated in our 6 week photography workshop in 2009 and has the certificate to proove it).

Snehalaya works with Childline to rescue so many children and people at risk and gives them a real chance of leading a life full of self worth, pride and ambition.  Habib speaks volumes for the benefit of continuing this work.  

Our rehab centre is the heart of our organisation and our flagship project.  We run over 15 projects in rural India working with the countries hidden population that go uncounted and uncared for.  We are changing that.

We have 350 children in our care and 50 women.  We offer dorm living, food, shelter, education, medication, and a family.  We run as a family and it's in our name 'Snehalaya' means 'Home of Love'.  To sponsor a child like Habib costs $800/year.  We feed our beneficaries from our own farm and many of our house mothers came to us themselves as beneficaries.  

So far we have raised over $40,000 in under 11 months on globalgiving for this project.  This is remarkable and forms about 50% of our annual running costs for this project so thank you.  Without supporters like you we simply could not help all that need us.  Often how a child comes to us is a traumatic event and with intervention, how they leave is a whole other story and often on their own two feet knowing we are always here for them forever.

Thank you! www.snehalaya.org 

Habib has a few words to say too, his gift to us all.  Warning, these made me cry:

“My Feelings about Snehalaya” Habib, 17

Who is a mother? She is the person who gives us birth & shows us the world. She also is responsible for our present care and future struggles in many ways. God’s beautiful creation in this world is mother. But it’s my bad luck that I neither was unable to see the face of my mother nor could I sit on her lap. I am Habib Sheik, I am 17 years old and I have called Snehalaya my home and my family since I was 6 years old.

I was born in the Mumbai city by the mot her whose face I haven’t seen. From a very early age I had to face life without parents, but today, whatever I am is only because of my lovely home “Snehalaya”. Snehalaya took the role of my parents and also made my career. If Snehalaya didn’t come in my life I would have got the life of beggar on Mumbai railway platforms. I am thankful to god that my mother handed me over to Snehalaya my home of love.

I consider Dr. Girish Kulkarni Sir as my Godfather having been brought up here since my childhood. He is not a Godfather for me alone but also several kids like me. He isn’t just a father in title alone as we can ask for each and every thing to him as we would to our own parent. I also have to mention our great personality Ambadas Chauhan Sir who is lovingly called Ba not only as a name’s sake either for he truly devotes his life for kids like me too. Due to this to great people in Snehalaya we don’t feel we are without parents.

Snehalaya has not only given me a sustainable life, but also taught me to be a great person in life. Snehalaya motivated my life, taught me to see the dreams and also gave strength in my wings to fly freely in the sky. Snehalaya shaped me in the way as the potter does with the clay. It has brought real meaning to my life. Snehalaya has really given an unexpected path and values in my life that I can never forget forever. Really the day’s I spent with Snehalaya will always be unforgettable for me. I want to do some thing outstanding with my life and I want to help Snehalaya in my future. Once again I really thank Snehalaya for making my career & my life.

                                                                                                                                             Lots of thanks! Habib

 

 

 

Habib loves to pose!
Habib loves to pose!
Miranda (trustee) & Habib (beneficary)
Miranda (trustee) & Habib (beneficary)

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Dear Snehalaya Home of Love Supporters,

  • Since launching this project in May 2014 we have been astounded by the clear passion our donors feel for this cause, so much so that what began as a campaign to Rescue 20 Sex Workers and At Risk Children in India, has grown beyond our expectations to supporting 100! 
  • Our ground staff running the project in conjunction with ChildLine would like to thank you sincerely for your support. 
  • We we hope to keep this appeal active as the need is sadly still prevalent in rural India. 
  • Seema was one such girl you helped and her life has been transformed for the better. When we were first alerted to her case she was subjected to conditions a caged animal should not have to endure. Now with your support she was been brought to our shelter, reunited with her brother who lives in our long term shelter and is enrolled in our school. Her weight is slowly coming back to safe levels and she is unrecognisable from the malnourished and frightened person we rescued 4months ago.

Do you know about our pther project appeals?

  • A township called the Hamlet of Courage, a Biofarm and dairy farm for HIV families to live at and develop agricultural skills whilst convalescing and learning to care for themselves. Read more here
  • Our school is looking for funding so educate 30 slum children for 1 year. Read more here


Thanks for your support. Without you these essential projects would not be possible.  Our charity relies on the kindness of our donors and we value your ongoing passion for these causes. We welcome you to visit our website at www.snehalaya.org read our latest newsletter here and if you would like to talk to us please email give@snehalaya.org 

Miranda Hudson

Snehalaya UK Secretary

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We have had a great summer of improving our services at Snehalaya:

We participated in Global Giving's Evaluation Programme that took place over 5 days of intensive observations and workshops that found our work in India to be doing extremely well. An audit report excerpt below:

"It is clear Snehalaya is utterly devoted to meeting their vision of creating awareness and building capability for those whose rights have been deprived due to discrimination, inequality and exploitation. Snehalaya centres all decisions around the ‘need’ of the individuals they support. Their biggest strengths as an organisation are how innovative and inclusive they are"  - hannah Gladman and Belinda saunders - volunteer evaluation programme audit excerpt

School teachers from Leicester continue to advise, monitor and assess our own schools development now in it's 4th year.  teachers from. Welland Park School and are returning for another visit next month through the support of British a Council Funding through the Connecting Classrooms Scheme.

Many UK supporters have helped our community appeal at London based charity shop Give A Little who are donating 6months profit from shop sales to Snehalaya. The launch was a great success and the balloons, information and Indian street food went down a treat.

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So who are we helping:

Before being brought into the Snehalaya Family *Sweta aged 14 had only known a bleak brothel life.  She lived, worked, ate and existed in a room measuring 10' x 8' seldom going outside the compound and being subjected to sexual encounters averaging 11 clients a day.  

In the 4yrs *Sweta has been at Snehlaya she has flourished at school, worked hard on her social skills with the help of on site counselore, learned to lay and enjoy some free time her new brothers and sisters and developed a keen love of painting and clay modelling.  Next year she will start her Nursing studies.  Life you could say is good.

With the ongoing support of international donors like yourself WOMEN & GIRLS like *Sweta stop existing and start living in a protecting, encouraging environment that allows a real future.  

Snehlaya has been operating in Rural India for 20yrs with a dedicated mission 

"Every woman & child has the right to lead a life free from discrimination, inequality and exploitation."

Weds 15th October is a match fund day, meaning your donation will magically grow by 30% plus 25% gift aid if you pay tax in the UK.  Meaning there was never a better time to give.  Donations given between 2-4pm on 15th October are most likely to qualify, just click on our donate button now!

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Miranda & Mila complete 5k fun run, Leeds May 2014
Miranda & Mila complete 5k fun run, Leeds May 2014

Since launching our appeal in May 2014 a great many things have taken place:

  1. Up & down the UK we've held community fundraisers from bake sales to pub quizes, fun runs to cricket events.  
  2. Through such fundraisers and the generousity of you our kind donors we've reached 75% of our appeal target so THANK YOU!
  3. Snehalaya UK is now a registered charity, great news for volunteer programes & fundraising potential.
  4. Our Global Giving's partnership continues to grow following an external evaluation of our projects and operations in India and a successful weeks intensive assesment & training.
  5. Recommendations for growth were outlined at the recent AGM held in Maharastra (26th July) and the collective decision has been made to shout about our great work in the field by setting up a Communications & Fundraising Department.

Varsna* our beneficiary in longterm care continues to do well in school and in play, we caught up with her in India last week and she still loves cycling; and is quite the comedian full of energy and spontaneity.  At 14 she still hopes to apply to a local nursing college after completing high school and is excelling in Sports and English.  Varsna* recently visited her older 'sisters' at the local nursing school, and her sights have been set.

The statistics are proof Snehalaya's that social impact is vast and we through building up lasting relationships with our benefiaries and really listening to their needs we are really helping to tackle and irradicate the root causes of the inequalities marginalised people in India used to face on a daily basis:

Figures from 2013-2014:

- Launching a WOMENSLINE and short stay crisis centre helped 308 beneficiaries in it's first 6 months.

- Our CHILDLINE office helps 642 beneficiaries, receives 250 calls a day, and covers a 50km radius district wide.

- 716 students attended our Youth Programmes to raise awareness for our beneficiaries struggles.

- Our government accredited IT centre saw 262 slum children complete basic training skills.

- 1138 people benefited from our community care centre providing short & longterm sanctuary and medical provision.

With a generous 40% match funding day on 15th October 2014*, we really hope to encourage donations on this day to help maximise our impact and reach our target amount.  This wouldn't happen without the generousity of people like yourself who really care about making a change.  Please make a calendar note to shout loud on your social media to encourage people and support us on 15th Oct 2014!

Paste the below into your diary now:

15 October 9am : Post to FB http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/end-the-sex-trade-and-trafficking-in-india/

*(donations through global giving benefit from a 40% top up and then a 25% addition of gift aid for UK taxpayers) 

Thanks for reading!

mirandahudson@hotmail.com

Pooja* & baby Sara* have found safety & sanctuary
Pooja* & baby Sara* have found safety & sanctuary
Gitangeli* jumping high for change
Gitangeli* jumping high for change
Fun times during the Volunteer Evaluation Program
Fun times during the Volunteer Evaluation Program

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Snehalaya 'Home of Love'

Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Project Leader:
Joyce Connolly
Ahmednagar, Maharashtra India
$187,617 raised of $195,450 goal
 
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