Murshidabad is a district of West Bengal in India which is bordering Bangladesh. The economic and social situation makes it a thriving environment for traffickers to target young woman in the area who are often abandoned by their husbands and victims of child marriage. The project 'MissingLink' will provide safe shelter to women and their children while they learn a life skill to earn living, find a suitable earning opportunity and continue to send their children to school.
SPMUS often receives emergency calls from young women with children struggling to find safe shelter & meal. The organization receives cases of young deserted women with children who are escaping domestic violence and often become easy target for human traffickers. UNICEF report on prevalence of Child Marriage in 2015 describes the project area, Murshidabad as second in India with more than 70% rate of child marriage. MissingLink will bridge the gap for lack of institutional support.
MissingLink will provide safe transitional housing to young women with children escaping domestic violence for 15days- 3months by providing nutritional meal, required medical ans counselling support and educational support for children. The project will help the adult residents to learn a skill to earn livelihood or find jobs locally by linking them with Govt assistance Programs and provide day care services to young children of working mothers.
MissingLink will empower women to fight against domestic violence by providing safe shelter, rendering financial education and environment to learn a locally usable skill that in turn will minimize the possibility of falling victim to Human Trafficking. MissingLink will further support children in their early growth years (0-3) to escape the ill effects of malnutrition and support the additional need of children to minimize school dropouts.