For more than 20 years, GFC has supported innovative organizations in India that provide direct services to children and youth who have been trafficked or are engaged in hazardous labor. Launched in 2018, this initiative adopts an updated approach, informed by a landscape analysis and mapping to understand trends and gaps in anti-trafficking efforts.
Based on findings from the analysis, the project focuses on developing a network of local actors in the source and destination “hubs” of Mumbai and Kolkata. Our partners provide direct services to affected children and youth – working to reduce risk, remove children from harm, and rehabilitate and reintegrate them into safer and more nurturing environments. They also conduct extensive prevention work, outreach, and advocacy, working to raise awareness of these critical issues and influence relevant policy.
GFC is providing these organizations with flexible funding and capacity development services to support their growth and effectiveness. By strengthening this cohort of local leaders, we’re helping them to connect with one another, share knowledge and strategies, and develop collective impact across state lines.
The landscape analysis and mapping for this project was conducted for GFC by Toast Advisory and is available for download:
Led by a former child laborer, Avani offers a range of programs and services to support children and youth who are at risk of being trafficked for labor or sexual exploitation. Its programs include a home for rescued child laborers, orphans, and other children in Kolhapur; and gender equity training for boys.
Working in and around the city of Shillong, Faith Foundation focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse; rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration of trafficked women and girls; prevention of domestic violence; prevention of early marriage; and care and support for abandoned women.
Her Choices Trust is dedicated to ending violence, abuse, and exploitation of women and children in India by addressing two of the most prevalent and difficult forms of abuse – domestic violence and trafficking of young girls for sexual exploitation. It works to eliminate sex trafficking by making legal assistance available and accessible to people through a national helpline, and by raising awareness about trafficking in villages where vulnerability factors are particularly high.
Purnata rescues, rehabilitates, and reintegrates survivors of human trafficking in Mumbai and West Bengal, with a focus on prevention at source, transit, and destination points. Its primary mission is to protect women and children from trafficking and restore survivors to a life of dignity, purpose, and economic independence.
Rural Aid empowers people employed by the tea industry in West Bengal to advocate for their rights, while also providing their children with critical support to prevent child exploitation, trafficking, and sexual abuse. It offers child safety education in low-income schools; collaborates with local government and protection agencies to track and rescue missing children; and helps mobilize vulnerable workers in the tea industry to demand fair wages, access to healthcare, and education.
Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.
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