WE EXIST TO RESTORE HOPE AND DIGNITY TO VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING THROUGH REHABILITATING THEM WITH A FAMILY AND EMPOWERING THEM WITH SUSTAINABLE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING.
How grateful my team and I are to each of you that have listened and responded to the needs of women and children that live in conditions that are filled with tragedy. Through your help, we have been able to bring hope and a chance at a new life to hundreds and thousands of those that were without hope. It is with great humility that I get to tell you that we are now in our 25th year of doing this work. When I first began, I could not imagine how many lives would have been impacted and how many of you that I would meet along the way. Thank you for not ignoring the need and responding with such generosity. We look forward into 2015 with renewed energy and passion to not just care for the oppressed but to work to end this horror.
Over the last year, we have been able to continue breaking down doors of captivity (quite literally), rescuing those that were in bondage, and bringing hope to those who had stopped dreaming of such a thing. This has been made possible through faithful partners that have stood with us from the beginning when this was nothing more than a vision of a small team to partners that have felt the burden of those in suffering and have partnered with us because of the lives that have been impacted by our quest to Set Beautiful Free.
Walking this journey has given us more wisdom, greater focus, and increased clarity in fighting the great evil of modern day slavery. As a result, we are determined to forge into those places where the Red Light District is expanding as in New Mumbai, providing quality education to our children, and to create sustainability for our ladies.
When will it end? It will end when society sees poor females not just as inevitable victims of fate, rather as their mothers, sisters, and wives. This is what we strive to develop, strong, confident, and empowered women that will become agents of change.
Let’s continue this fight together.
Though the work of Bombay Teen Challenge began in Mumbai 25 years ago, the U.S.A. chapter was started in 2009. Through the years, the U.S.A chapter has been key to the continued growth and work.
BECAUSE OF YOUR SUPPORT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GIVE A NEW CHANCE AT LIFE TO MANY.
HERE'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.
A MAP OF MUMBAI AND OUR OPERATIONS
Approximately 90% of those enslaved in prostitution in the red light district have a sexually transmitted diseases
BTC’s health clinics in the middle of the red light district provides care throughout the week and holds wide-scale free health camps twice a year for about 2,000 women at a time. The clinics also provide anti-retro viral treatment to those affected with HIV in these areas.
One out of every six women enslaved in these areas are estimated to be HIV positive
These are boys whose lives were once in the streets. Some of them are sons of women used in prostitution. Others are runaways from homes mired in poverty or abuse and they find themselves in the train stations of Mumbai.
With so much stigma attached to their previous circumstances, these women are unable to return home and in need of a place to recuperate. At Ashagram, these women can heal and find hope with one another through intense counseling sessions, literacy classes and community recreation.
These are girls whose mothers were or are still in the trade. We rescued them before any harm can come to them. It is said that 70% of girls born in the brothels will go into the same trade. We rescued them so that they wouldn’t be a part of that statistic.
With over 60% of women enslaved in the red light districts of Bombay suffering from HIV, many of their children are born with it and have to face their circumstances without a family to look after them. Our home for little ones outside of Mumbai gives these children a family and we provide anti retro viral treatment to those living with AIDS. These children usually require special care, education and counseling which we provide through this facility.
Our feeding van is set up at two of the busiest train stations of Mumbai providing approximately 845 meals a week to those who would otherwise go hungry.
RED LIGHT DISTRICT SHELTER
Jeevan Jyoti is our night shelter located in the red light district of Kamathipura for those children who's mothers still work in the district. Our biggest challenge is convincing those enslaved that there is a life outside of the district for them since most of them do not trust outsiders after all they've been deceived of. However, they all want a different life for their children and it is through our night shelter that we can convince them of this. We provide these children with a home, schooling and medical care in the district itself.
We have begun our Academy so that our children may not just survive but succeed. Through our partnership with the American School of Mumbai, we are working to provide individualized education to children who come to us without a solid foundation. Our school provides opportunities for children to learn and explore through creative methods. The new library contains over 4,000 books, which allows the children to explore different worlds and go on amazing adventures. Our art and music classes foster an environment where students can continue to learn through expression. Our dream is to provide an excellent education for children that are coming out of a traumatic past, so that their future can be one of promise and hope.
Far from the dirty streets of the red light district, kids are able to run and jump and be free. Our athletics program allows them to learn team sports and build character and skills through it.
We have been teaching our rescued women to produce jewelry and apparel. Through this, a small enterprise has been formed where the ladies produce and sell to organizations like The Hard Rock Café .
What a joy it is to see our young ones love sitting in the library deep into a good book. with a collection of 4,000 books that is growing, the library has become a place for the children to explore new worlds.
Here we work with the young ones to establish a strong foundation of education. these are children that are being introduced to formal education for the first time.
Some of our students have an interest in music and we work to flourish those interests and hidden talents.
ASHAGRAM WOMEN'S UNIT
ASHAGRAM MEN'S UNIT
JUBILEE AIDS ORPHANS HOME
GIRLS SHELTER IN MUMBAI
STREET CHILDRENS SHELTER
KAMATHIPURA HEALTH CLINIC
WOMEN'S HEALTH EMERGENCY FUND (AMBULANCE, ETC)
MOBILE FEEDING VAN
TURBHE HEALTH CLINIC
NORTH EAST OUTREACH
MIRAJ AND SANGLI OUTREACH
AS WE ENTER OUR 25TH YEAR, WE SEE THE NEED TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT NOT JUST IN THE AREAS WHERE WOMEN ARE TRAFFICKED INTO BUT ALSO THOSE REGIONS WHERE TRAFFICKING BEGINS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SOURCE AREAS. THE HOPE IS TO WORK IN COMMUNITIES TO PREVENT TRAFFICKING AMONG THOSE THAT ARE HIGHLY VULNERABLE. SO WE ARE SENDING OUT OUR TEAMS AND PARTNERING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS IN NEPAL, NORTHEAST INDIA, AND SOUTHERN INDIA. OUR MODEL WILL BE THE SAME, TO BE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND FIND WAYS TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND CHILDREN SO THAT THEY HAVE VIABLE OPTIONS.
2015 & BEYOND
A MAP OF INDIA AND OUR PREVENTION
Our Prevention programs take place in Nepal, Shillong, Sangli and Miraj, where a lot of woman are sourced and brought to Mumbai, and brought into the sex trade. We are going into these regions to do prevention work to stop it from ever happening.