August 02, 2016
BENEFITING: EMANCIPATION NETWORK
Set behind a wall built to keep dangerous people out and 65 girls safe after having been rescued from sex trafficking and other desperate situations, is a village. In this place of safety and love, girls aged 5-25 live, to heal and rebuild their lives. They go to school, get counseling, play badminton in the courtyard, and socialize in their dorm rooms. For many, this is the only safe home they have ever known. This shelter, built by Made by Survivors in 2014, is a safe haven where survivors regain their footing to re-enter the world on their own, or with their families if they weren't the ones who sold them in the first place.
These girls need - and we ask you to help us build - another floor to provide more space to enlarge the community, and also for the older girls to participate in vocational training and non-formal education. Once trained, they will be able to earn a good wage in a respected job that gets them out of poverty, and gives them status in their families and communities, such as goldsmithing, block-printing, or catering.
Since 2005, Made by Survivors has been providing employment, education and shelter to survivors in Asia, helping over a thousand women and children become forever free. Working with the Women's Interlink Foundation, we built this 15,000 square foot shelter in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India because there was no shelter for survivors in this high-trafficking area near the borders of Bangladesh and Nepal.
100% of the funds raised from this campaign will be used to build a third story to the shelter, adding room for 25 more survivors. The third floor will also be used for education and employment, so survivors can earn and save money, as well as gain valuable skills while they are recovering at the shelter.
This is especially important because while the younger girls attend school, there are fewer options for older teen and young adult survivors, who often never even attended primary school. The state government does not mandate that girls 16 and older stay at the shelter unless they are receiving job training or education. Receiving an education or job training makes it more likely that the girls will remain at the shelter, which is vital as victims are very vulnerable to re-trafficking in the first few years after being trafficked.
At the shelter they are protected from traffickers by a security wall and armed guards, because of the high risk of re-trafficking. They also receive counseling so that they can rebuild their damaged self-esteem and learn how to protect themselves. Know that in supporting our mission you will be helping these brave women receive and gain skills and tools to succeed on their own and safely reintegrate into society.
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**We recieved an extremely generous offline matching donation of $10,000, after reaching our first $10,000 raised. We are now that much closer to our goal of raising $50,000.