To provide a hostel for vulnerable minor children to pursue holistic growth in a safe environment, while working parallelly for the reintegration of their parents so that the children can be reunited in stable and secure families.
The red-light areas are a harsh place for any child, especially girls, to grow up in. The high level of exposure to risk and lack of opportunities poses a threat to the child’s future.
Sahaara Charitable Society works with the victims of commercial sex exploitation in red-light districts and runs education centres for their vulnerable children who are prone to abuse, neglect and second-generation trafficking.
Through our work in the red-light areas, we identify the most high-risk children of female sex workers and admit them in the Sahaara education hostels with the consent of the mother. Here they are provided with safe accommodation, wholesome nutrition, mental wellness and quality English-medium education. This is undertaken with the goal of offering a safe environment for their holistic development through Individual Care Plans (ICPs).
Concurrently, we also work towards reintegrating their parents towards a lifestyle of safety and stability so that the child can ultimately be restored to the family in a 5-year window period. We achieve this through developing and implementing focused Individual Reintegration Plans (IRPs) that ensure literacy and educational support, skills building, and mind-set and behavioural change, leading to safe and stable livelihood opportunities.
At Sahaara, we believe that reintegrating the whole family will break the cycle of abuse and injustice, and lead to lasting transformation.
14 girls have been housed and cared for in Anandalay Hostel.
Sponsor the education, nutrition and living expenses for a vulnerable child
Coming from a background so unsafe, 8-year-old Aksa* is a daughter of a commercial sex worker named Sakina* who works in Ghatkopar red light area in Mumbai. Aksa’s father goes in and out of the prison often on the charges of robbery and beats her mother when he’s out...
Tina* can be defined as a jovial and playful little girl, who lived with her mother Nisa* and her five siblings in Bhiwandi. Since her father doesn’t live with the family and neither does he maintain any communication with them, the entire responsibility of the...
Sonia* is like any other teen her age. She is a bright child who easily makes friends, likes to go to movies, takes part in sports, and she loves art and craft. But eight years ago, life for young Sonia was not this secure. Sonia had grown up calling the dangerous...