This project will distribute 1 Million Meals to the Apne Aap women in the red light areas of Kolkata, Forbesganj,Bihar and Delhi who are hit hard in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic . The women are finding it hard to earn their daily wage. The families are starving as there is no daily income. The children are cut off from learning and are unable to find food. The women live in caged rooms with no windows and running water. Apne Aap is trying to help them survive through the lockdown.
While COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, it has been particularly disastrous for victims of sex-trafficking & their children, many of whom were already barely making ends meet. They have lost all income in the last few weeks. Their children have returned from school & families of 4 to 11 are locked down in tiny rooms with no windows. More than 85 % report that they have no food, no money, no fresh air and that housing is at risk. Victims of sex-trafficking need food now, more than anything.
The project will serve 1.1 million meals & some hygiene packs to 2,500 women and 7,500 children in the red-light areas of Kolkata, Delhi & Bihar for 55 days. We are providing & will continue to provide weekly food ration & hygiene packs of masks, soap, basic medicine & sanitary pads for 10,000 adult women & their children. This is 20,000 meals a day, ie 1100000 meals for the 55 day lockdown. This will ensure basic survival till the government comes up with a plan beyond the lockdown.
The project ensures the survival of 10000 children and women during the 55 days of the Covid lockdown, by preventing starvation. It gives time to work with partner organizations, friends, well-wishers & the government to develop a long term strategy to rehabilitate the victims of sex-trafficking. The socio-economic impact of the crisis on is going to continue and stretch into the future. We are already planning projects for transit housing, loans and training for the women and their children.