Yoga Medicine wrote -
Each year, millions of women and children are trafficked in India. A child goes missing somewhere in the country every eight minutes. Almost 35,000 children were officially reported missing in 2011, however it is thought only 30 percent of cases were reported. Almost 80 percent of all worldwide trafficking is for sexual exploitation, with an estimated 1.2 million children being bought and sold into sexual slavery every year, and India is the poisonous hub.
- 29 million people are enslaved in today’s world, according to the U.N.
- One million children are trafficked every year for sexual exploitation
- 100 million girls are trapped in child marriages
- 200,000 children are exploited in child labor
- Average age of victims at the time of trafficking: 11-14
These staggering statistics aren’t just statistics, they are very real. We, as a global community, have a unique opportunity to make a lasting and deeply meaningful impact in the communities within India. This is our chance to give back to a spiritually rich community that has given us so much.
In 2015 our community raised over 40K to support the day-to-day operations of 15 street kid shelters, preventing the trafficking of kids ages 4-15 living in the slums and red light districts of Kolkata. The shelters, supported by The Women's Interlink Foundation, Made By Survivors and The Village Cooperative provide healthcare, education, nutritional meals, tutoring, job coaching, yoga classes and other recreational activities for over 525 children. Our funds are being used towards teacher’s and supervisor’s salaries, accounting, programming, transportation, and educational materials.
This year we continue to fundraise and build awareness around our goal. In 2017 our team will once again hit the ground in India. We believe seeing where our money goes and connecting with those who need it solidifies our promise to do what's right.
Our 2017 Seva Project is close to our heart:
Made By Survivors, an American 501c3, owned and operated by Sarah Symons, is an NGO on the ground in India that provides jobs, education and shelters to over 1,000 survivors of slavery, child marriage and other human rights abuses in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand. MBS trains survivors, creating jobs in respected professions with high wages that develop sustainability for the rescued women.
Their most successful program is jewelry! Traditionally, metalsmithing was a male-only profession. The survivors are breaking gender barriers, earning livable wages and uplifting their families and communities through this vocational education and rehabilitation program.
MBS is the U.S. fiscal parent to the Rescue Foundation, a registered, non-profit, grass root NGO involved in rescue, rehabilitation & repatriation of victims of human trafficking; trafficked from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and subjected to commercial sexual exploitation in India. These young victims have lost all their human rights as they are physically and mentally tortured and forced into sexual activities. RF ensures survivors regain their human rights by rescuing and rehabilitating women and children.
MBS and RF have many projects throughout India. We have chosen to work with their new shelter 85 kilometers outside Mumbai. This shelter is being constructed and due to open in early 2017. It will be located near a Red Light District and is expected to have 100+ women and girls within days of it’s opening. We choose this project because the RF is in dire need of help. These newly rescued victims will need health checks, food, clothing and most of all, the mental rehabilitation for a bright future. This blank-slate gives Yoga Medicine the chance to help this shelter grow and prosper from the ground up.
Our donations will go to health checks, vocational education, food and shelter, clothing, basic math and reading education, rescue missions and more. (A breakdown of budgeting will be provided by early 2017)
How can YOU help?
- Spread the word - raise awareness!
- Donate to our fund.
- Join our 2017 Seva Project and see for yourself.
- Buy from our partners as a portion of each purchase goes to our fund.
- Purchase fair trade products from developing communities around the world.
There is no problem in the world without a solution. Join us in finding a way.