During this global crisis, we’d like to share with you what’s happening on the ground in India and Nepal – and offer ways you can continue to help the most vulnerable and impacted during these challenging times.
*5/12/2020 Update - India's lockdown has been extended and COVID-19 cases are rising. We have increased our goal for this Emergency Fund to $35,000.
Her Future is fiercely and relentlessly committed to providing a safe place for the women and children in our program. Many survivors have health issues such as TB and HIV. Children growing up in red light areas and urban slums often have poor health and weakened immune systems due to lack of proper nutrition, health care and toilet facilities. Women raising children in red light areas and slums live day to day, with no savings available to stock food and fuel.
In order to protect those in our programs, and in accordance with government orders in India and Nepal, we and our local partners have taken the following steps:
- Our shelter homes are quarantined, with no one entering or leaving the premises except for emergencies – and our Red Light Resource Centers are closed.
- All schools in Kolkata and Kathmandu are closed until further notice. Teachers at our partner schools are giving assignments and instructions by phone, through community outreach workers, since none of our kids have access to computers. Our schools and shelters are sometimes the girls only access to food.
- We’ve closed the Rabindra and Bowbazar Jewelry Training Centers until, at least, April 1 st . As we uphold our commitment to provide sustainable incomes, our trainees are receiving full pay for as long as we can manage. Women from our training and education programs and partners are also making masks to distribute to their communities.
- We’ve delayed the opening of our fourth Resource Center in the Kidderpore Red Light Area, until fall 2020.
When women and families are hungry and desperate - the rate of trafficking increases rapidly. Our biggest concern right now - getting basics, food & masks - to the women and girls we support.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- $10 donation provides materials for health masks for 40 girls. The girls in our vocational training programs are hand-making masks and distributing to their communities. Masks have been recommended, especially in highly populated areas such as the red light areas and urban slums our organization supports.
- $25 donation feeds 1 family for 21 days. During the Indian government shutdown, which has now been extended to early May, access to food is scarce. This donation will provide rations (5kg rice, 5kg lentils, 5 liters of milk, oil & sugar) so families do not starve.
- $50 donation provides 1 meal to 100 girls living in our Jalpaiguri shelter home. Since the shutdown, no one is allowed to enter or leave the shelter. With this donation we can ensure meals are still being provided to those who are locked inside.
- $100 donation pays 1 girl's daily wages for 1 month. Almost all girls and families in our programs survive off of their daily wages. Without access to work, families are desperate and hungry. It is vital we ensure girls continue to make daily wages so that they do not turn to a form of trafficking as a means to feed their families.
- $300 donations pays rent for 1 Red Light Resource Center for 1 month. We support 4 centers that each serve 100+ women and girls.
We send our love and support to our women and girls, to our community, and to everyone, as we face the challenges and unknowns of COVID-19