It's exciting to see wonderful things happen. Things we planned for since some time now, slowly unfolding into reality.
One of the things we have been planning is to start a football club for the teenage kids in the red light area. Last year we made an attempt but did not last more than a week or two. Now, post-COVID, with renewed commitment, we want to make it happen. Last week was edition 1 successfully completed.
We also have started a new project at another Red Light area as we have committed funding for the same. We have found a good place for our centre and hope to start our operations from there. This coming week we are planning a medical comp, our first attempt to reach out to the community at large. We hope to start a program with children and also with the women in the days to come.
Another good news is that our grant proposal to Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) has been granted. They will begin working with us and God-willing we will start this from January onwards.
In the midst of all this, we still are short of funds to run all our programs. Do continue to come alongside and strengthen our hands by giving generously & regularly, volunteering & sharing about our work with others and thus help us finish the task we are called for.
Yours committed to see a traffick free world
Newest member of Amoli- Priya! *
Priya* has joined Amoli Handicrafts Pvt Ltd as an artisan there. She is very creative and deft with her fingers. One of the things she is good at is knitting and embroidery. Here are a couple of things she has been working on recently.
If you need orders for T-shirts, shawls, stoles or any other personalised items for events or for personal use, do contact us and we can arrange for you to make your orders.
Survivor Story! - Shyla*
I was married off at the age 17. I completed my 11th grade but got married before I completed 12th grade. My husband was without work and he used to abuse me physically. I endured a lot of shame and pain from him. We had a son and we struggled to manage the family. I couldn't manage with him and so decided to go back to my mothers home.
I then found a job in one of our neighbours' houses as a housemaid. There I found a friend who trapped me in a job which turned out to be prostitution. With no means of income and no one to care for my child and me, I had to continue doing that disgraceful “work”. I used to work under a manager, and....
Children's Day celebration
We celebrated Children's Day (14th Nov) on 13th November at Aashray DCC. 34 children participated in the program. Children enjoyed, first a drawing competition followed by games and activities which taught life lessons. In the drawing competition, some of the children showed much maturity and depth of EQ in the concepts they portrayed in the drawings. We ended with a decent snack box.
Teens Football club
This week we began our Football program with the teenage kids from Sonapur for kids between 13-18. Twelve boys showed up and our coach Mr. Jim Magh prepped them, helped them warm up and played a game with them. Thanks to our volunteers Alex and Sam and staff Ashish (Finance/Admin Executive) & Aaboo (ED) who could be part of it. The boys are excited and God willing we will have them every week and develop a football club of our own. We are looking to raise kits for 15 children costing @ INR 2500 per kit.
*name changed to protect identity