31st July, 2015
AAWC started a night shelter for our children in the Umang program this month. Several reasons beckoned us towards initiating this program as we realized that the children were exposed to the same environment back home after returning from AAWC day care. Also, we realized that they required extra care and protection during the night when the area is active and the business is thriving.
Therefore, realizing the important and pressing need for providing a secure environment, AAWC staff began assembling resources and conducting outreach to identify vulnerable children who would benefit from the night shelter. The mothers were counseled and informed about the night shelter’s rules and regulations. Ultimately, we started the program on 13th July, 2015. Keeping in mind AAWC’s resources and capacity, we look forward to providing shelter service to 20 children in the red light district.
About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) is an anti-trafficking organisation that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai that is also one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing our members with the tools and resources to create a better quality of life, we seek to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters. Since 1998, we have served more than 2,800 women and children. Our alumni have earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and entered respected professions like accounting, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching. www.aawc.in.