Aug 27, 2021

India Covid Food Drive Crosses 12 Million for Vulnerable Women and Girls

  While COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, it has been particularly disastrous for victims of sex trafficking and their children, many of whom were already barely making ends meet. More than 85 % report that they only have a few days of food/money on hand and that their housing is at risk. A preliminary assessment by several UN agencies indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic could contribute between 83 and 132 million people to the total number of trafficked humans.

  The beneficiaries we serve face various marginalizations due to their caste, gender, occupation, and geographical location. Many of them also face intersecting discriminations, falling into more than one government list of caste and community. We have provided more than 12 million meals to half a million vulnerable women and girls in 8 states of India between March 2020 and June 2021. With the initial goal of 1 million meals for 10,000 victims of sex trafficking and their children in 100 days. Apne Aap’s impact has exceeded this target 12 times over and has surpassed the number of women and girls by five times and is continuing even after 500 days. 

  The food is in the form of dry ration kits with each kit having enough food for 100 meals. In addition, we put in soap, sanitizers, masks, and essential medicines like paracetamol and vitamins, as well as a quarter of a million sanitary pads. In addition, we provided 200 kits of school supplies including computers, laptops, and internet facilities that benefit the children that are victims of sex trafficking and the children of the women who are victims of sex trafficking. 

  I will share the story of sisters Arti and Varsha. Arti is in grade 9 and Varsha is in grade 12 both were provided a place to stay through Apne Aap. Due to the lockdown, they both had to return to their mother at home, located in a red-light district where they both faced many difficulties. After reaching out to Apne Aap a rented room was arranged for them to stay in, away from the red light district. After restrictions lifted, they were both able to attend school with the help of Apne Aap. Arti and Varsha were two of 6 million out of 230 million vulnerable children in India unable to go back to school before the help of Apne Aap. Help us aid the most at risk women and children in this devastating Covid pandemic. 

Links:

May 3, 2021

Update: Preventing Prostitution in Covid times

A child struggling back from school
A child struggling back from school

Delhi is one of the worst hit, in the devastating second wave of Covid. This virulent virus claims at least 2,000 deaths and 350,000 new infections every day. Schools reopened briefly, in February and March.  We did four sessions, in batches, one per week for our girls there.

The sessions were on transitioning to school after staying at home for nine months. Many of the children are first generation learners and did not have access to online education.  The sessions were on catch up study plans, mental health issues dealing with the Covid, loss of parents livelihood or the loss of a parent and health and hygiene. 

In April, schools are closed again, and they are sent back to the red-light area again. This wave has been devastating. As  parent continue to die or fall sick, lack of food and medicine has become a major issue. Housing and fresh air is a luxury. Some women have committed suicide. Some have simply abandoned their children and gone elsewhere. The crematoriums are too full to accommodate them. 

In this scenario, Apne Aap has been ensuring food and medicines, of course. In addition, we have also begun to provide transportation for vaccinations and hospital referrals. For some of the children we have found safe housing.

I will share the story of two girls as an example. One is in Class 12 and one is in Class 8.

Their school shut down in the devastating second wave and they were sent back home. Home was a small room in the red-light area. The room also served as the brothel for their mother. Unable to look after her children, the mother had run away.

Predators began to ask the children to act in sex videos in return for food.

Luckily an Apne Aap community mobilser was able to find a rental accommodation far from the red light area for the children. Apne Aap was able to also send them groceries, a wi-fi dongle and computer. We were also able to find students to teach them online. They are safe, healthy, and studying.

There are 6 million children of the 230 million vulnerable children in India, who will not go back to school due to lack of food. We are helping some of them in the red-light areas of Delhi, Kolkata and Bihar. Help us help the most excluded women and children in this devastating Covid pandemic.

Child studies under a bridge due to school closure
Child studies under a bridge due to school closure
Some children don't have a proper house
Some children don't have a proper house
Struggling to keep up
Struggling to keep up
Food is a luxury
Food is a luxury
What next?
What next?

Links:

Apr 29, 2021

India Covid Relief for girls update

Woman with food packet
Woman with food packet

We have provided food, medicines, housing support, school supplies, to 57,739 women and children in red-light areas, migrant slums and refugee camps. The food is in the form of dry ration kits that contain rice, dal, onions, potatoes, cooking oil, salt, sugar and spices. each kit has enough ration for 100 meals.In total we provided 5.4 million meals and 200,000 kits of medicines and sanitary pads.

In addition we put in soap, sanitizers, masks and essential medicines like paracetemol and vitamins, as well as sanitary pads. 

In April, a devastating second wave of Covid has hit with a virulent virus. 2,000 deaths and 350,000 new infections are reported every day. In the red-light area, where we work, children have lost a parent or parents have lost all livelihood.

Their schools are closed and they are sent back to the red light area. Lack of food has become a major issue, as has housing. Fresh air is a luxury. Wi-fi and computers are a fry cry for most children to access online education.

Some women have committed suicide. The crematoriums are too full too accommodate them.

In this scenario, Apne Aap has been ensuring food and medicines, of course. In addition, we have also begun to provide connection and transportation for vaccinations and hospital referrals. For some of the children we have found safe housing.

I will share the story of two girls as an example. One is in Class 12 and one is in Class 8.

Their school shut down in the devastating second wave and they were sent back home. Home was a small room in the red light area. The room also served as the brothel for their mother. Unable to look after her children, the mother had run away.

Predators began to ask the children to act in sex videos in return for food.

Luckily an Apne Aap community mobilser was able to find a rental accommodation far from the red light area for the chidren. Apne Aap was able to to also send them groceries, a wi-fi dongle and computer. We were also able to find students to teach them online.

They are safe, healthy and studying.

There are 6 million children of the 230 million vulnerable children in India, who will not go back to school due to lack of food. we are helping some of them in the red-light areas of Delhi, Kolkata and Bihar. Help us help the most excluded women and children in this devastating Covid pandemic.

Our food van
Our food van
A ration kit
A ration kit
women with our ration kits
women with our ration kits
Food distribution
Food distribution
Studying safely
Studying safely

Links:

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.