iSanctuary is a nonprofit organization which employs survivors of human trafficking in both India and the US through the production and sale of fashion jewelry. We began in 2007, after our Founder, Stephanie Pollaro, read about human trafficking in a magazine article, and decided to do something about this injustice. With projects in Orange County, California, and Mumbai, India, iSanctuary works with survivors of human trafficking to provide them with necessary tools for reintegration: education, medical assistance, life skills counseling, and financial stability.
iSanctuary’s India program employs girls ages 15-25, who have been rescued from the commercial sex trade and taught the skill of making beautiful handmade jewelry. Proceeds are set aside for the girls, enabling them to become self-sufficient once they transition out of the shelters, and helping them to re-gain a sense of dignity, self-worth, and hope. Over the past several years, we've been able to serve over 250 young women!
iSanctuary's newest venture is starting an academy in Mumbai for rescued girls, in hopes of changing the way these girls are currently being educated. As of now, there is only a 34% passing rate on school exit exams, and iSanctuary is seeking to increase that to an 80% passing rate through our 3 year program. The academy curriculum will consist of foundational courses, such as Mathematics, Science, Geography, Critical Thinking, World History, and Computer Training. This is essential education which our girls are not currently receiving.
In order to get this project started, we are going to need at least 2 full time teachers, 2 classrooms, and rooms for the girls to live in. We'll also need different educational supplies and books. We're looking to start the academy with about 5-10 girls, and then build from there.
This is where we really need your help! Donate to iSanctuary's Academy for Rescued Girls and help build empowerment in the lives of others, and to restore the dignity that was lost back to survivors of human trafficking.
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