Our Pratigya Children’s Shelter
in Telangana is a specialised facility designed to prevent Dalit children being sold for sex when they reach puberty and be condemned to a lifetime of exploitation and poverty.
The children’s shelter provides the daughters (or grandaughters) of Joginis with a safe and healthy place to live, a nutritious diet, access to quality education, and most importantly a loving and caring environment. This not only removes them from extreme vulnerability and poverty in their home village, but provides them with skills and knowledge to make a living so that they do not have to resort to prostitution.
Girls are only admitted to the program with the full and willing consent of their mothers. They have access to private tutors, healthcare, social workers, mental health evaluation, as well as a place in a Dalit Education Center or vocational training programme.
We currently house around twenty girls, ranging from just three years old to fifteen.
The cost to running the shelter is about $50,000 USD or £32,000 GBP per year. Donate directly to Pratigya Children’s Shelter, using the following links: