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  • An Indian Woman's View

     In India not many people know about trafficking. Those that do know are usually powerless and can't do much about it, or don't care to help.

    People In India need to be educated more, especially the Women. I think educating women is the most Important and effective way to prevent trafficking. The more educated a person is the harder it is to exploit them. Sometimes people are trafficked because they are desperate to meet basic needs like food and shelter.

    Other times they are trafficked by people with two faces, people that hide behind goodwill and compassion to prove they can be trusted. These are the most evil people. Alcoholism and Addiction are also factor as they help people to make bad decision or Increase harted and animosity, which makes it easier for them to exploit people.

    The Govt. plays a role in this because they lower the prize of alcohol while at the same time raising prices for things like vegetables and petrol. It is cheaper to drink than eat. Because of this people can not depend on the Govt. and Instead must look to organizations like NGO's trusts or social enterprises to help by using Awareness, compassion, and direct action to help change society.

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  • The Next Step Of A Long Journey

    Recently Soma H., one of the founding members of our jewelry program in Kolkata, India, took the next step in her journey towards true independence when she traveled by herself, for the first time, to our project in Jalpaiguri to train our girls in the program there. She was VERY excited to have this opportunity and did an amazing job! Below are a few entries from Soma's journal made during the trip. 

    On 22nd of September at 10.55 pm as the train departed the station, my journey began. I was nervous because it was for the first time I was traveling all by myself at night. The train sped up and I was sitting in my berth with bunch of strangers in the bogie. I opted to call it a night and went off to sleep. When I woke up, I had reached my destination, Jalpaiguri.

    24th of September was my first class with the girls. They were very excited to see me. I was little nervous so to loosen myself, I introduced myself as the trainer of the Jewelry Program and they introduced themselves to me. After a bit of chit-chat, I realized a thing which was heartbreaking for me. They seemed to be having issues with each other and they don't consider each other as friends which isn't a good sign for the program because team work is very important for us.

    I didn't waste anymore time and started with my class. The girls had forgotten some of the lessons that had been taught by Nancy Aunty so I thought of brushing them up with the previous lessons. It was good to see that they were showing interest and concentrated during the class hours. There were two new girls in the team when I joined so I had to teach them from the very beginning. I realized that while teaching them I was actually taking my test as to how much I have retained the theory of Jewelry Making. I used to write notes everyday after the class and plan for the next class.

    The girls and I developed a good rapport soon after I went. Some of the girls lagged behind the others so I gave them extra attention by teaching them one on one and spending some more time with them. I kept on telling them the story of my life, how I grew up at the shelter home, got married, had a baby and then I joined the program which changed my life completely. I think my story might have helped them to believe that life can surprise you anytime, you shouldn't give up and be hopeful.

    By the end of my training period with them, I took an assessment of the girls after which I sat with each one of them to correct their mistakes. They kept on asking me when would I visit them next and I guess that answers whether my trip was successful or not. This experience will always be very special in my life not only because I traveled all by myself in my life, but I was given the responsibility of training girls at the center. I am thankful to MBS to have the confidence in me to send me as a trainer. I hope that I have been able to stand up to everyone's expectation. On my way back, in the train I had a mixed feeling. I was happy that I was going back home but I was hopeful too to go back to the center again.

    Soma is Free Forever!  She has a job as a trainer in the MBS Jewelry Programs and she is helping girls living in shelters (like she once was) become Free Forever as well.   Please donate to Free Forever and empower more women like Soma.  

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  • Working with the girls... a Journey from good to better...

    This has been written by Aparna Roy, supervisor of Jalpaiguri Center, Bengal.

     Last night I was going through the photo gallery of my cell phone and I saw pictures of some jewelleries made by the girls. The jewelries reminded me of moments spent in the centre, some very beautiful, some upsetting and some very precious moments which will always remain close to my heart.

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  • Reality bites ! Indeed !

    Some (horrible) Facts about Women !   According to the United Nations Millennium, women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours. Cooking, growing food, raising children, maintaining a house – mostly done by women but this work does not incur any income hence it is considered insignificant. The ceaseless cycle of labour rarely shows up in economic analyses of a society’s production and value. 

    Thus, women earn only 10 percent of the world’s income in spite of contributing so much for daily labour. Where women work for money, they may be limited to a set of jobs, limited to low pay or low status.

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