This Year's Partners & Projects
Apne Aap (Delhi, India)
Apne Aap’s mission is to increase choices for at-risk girls and women in order to guarantee access to their rights and deter the purchase of sex through policy and social change. Apne Aap organizes small groups of women and girls who are at the risk of or are affected by trafficking into self-empowerment groups in their program area to access three fundamental rights – education, sustainable & dignified livelihood and legal empowerment as per our 3L model (Livelihood, Legal, and Literacy). Self-empowerment groups meet in local safe spaces which offer community classrooms, vocational training units and legal education. Founded in 2002, over 10,000 women and girls are impacted through the programs offered by Apne Aap.
Project: Funds raised during the 2012 Global Seva Challenge will help support the group’s 3L Advocacy Program - a program where women and girls acquire valuable resources to survive.
Kolkata Sanved (Kolkata, India)
Kolkata Sanved was founded in 2004 on the belief that body movement, when used sensitively, could become a powerful tool for rehabilitation and advocacy. This tool transforms young victims of sexual abuse from being a "rehabilitative victim" to a "proactive advocate" - someone who has made peace within her violated soul and is now ready to voice her concerns through physical movement. Kolkata Sanved's self-generated curriculum trains survivors become peer educators, advocates, trainers and performers, enabling them to lead a life with dignity and respect.
Click on this link to read an article on Kolkata Sanved’s unique approach to rehabilitation of survivors in TIME magazine: http://www.kolkatasanved.org/images_press/Sanved-time%20magazine.pdf
Project: Funds raised during the 2012 Global Seva Challenge will support the Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) program and help build a “Center of Excellence”.
Made by Survivors (Kolkata, India)
Made by Survivors aims to end slavery through economic empowerment and education, giving survivors the tools they need to build safe, independent, and slavery-free lives. The beautiful fair trade jewelry items, handbags and gifts on their website provide income, dignity, a new identity, and a bright future for the survivors who make them. Artisans are survivors of slavery, or other severe human rights abuses, or are at high risk for trafficking. 100 percent of profits generated through Made by Survivors’ economic programs are donated to fight human slavery and help survivors build a greater future.
'Made By Survivors changed my life," says Sonia. "I used to be afraid to dream, because I had so many losses and disappointments in my life. Now I am beginning to dream again. I want to become a master jeweler, and beyond that, I want to train other poor women so they can have the same opportunities as me".
Project: Funds raised during the 2012 Global Seva Challenge will help 40 women join the agency, and also support the construction and painting of a new training center.
Sanlaap (Kolkata, India)
Sanlaap works against the trafficking of women and children for sexual purposes. They have established rescue shelters for survivors of trafficking, which provide education, mental health services, vocational training and economic initiatives, and legal aid.
Click on this link to watch a short PBS Frontline documentary which includes interviews with some of the girls from Sanlaap: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/india304/thestory.html
Project: Funds raised during the 2012 Global Seva Challenge will support the construction of an additional shelter to house 25 older girls.
Clean Himalaya (Rishikesh, India)
Clean Himalaya works to preserve the sanctity, beauty, and cleanliness of the Ganges and Himalayas. Their objectives are to develop a comprehensive and holistic waste management program which protects people, animals, and the environment, and to reduce the impact of global warming.
Project: Funds raised during the 2012 Global Seva Challenge will help support build a composting machine and a place to house it, which will make the environment cleaner and safer for the community surrounding the Ganges and Himalayas.
Ramana’s Garden (Rishikesh, India)
Ramana’s Garden is a grassroots rural development assistance project to help empower women and children living in remote mountain villages in India. For the last 12 they have assisted over 1,800 children in 68 villages and have provided medical assistance to entire communities. The project assistance programs include education, health care, organic farming, woman's vocational training, and environmental conservation and reforestation. They currently have an orphanage housing 64 children, a school providing 189 children with an education, a feeding program for 800 children, and women’s weaving cooperatives.
Project: Funds raised during the 2012 Global Seva Challenge will support the construction of a new study space for the children.