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Share the inspiration and Stand #WithMalala

Following the success of two previous #StudentsStandwithMalala campaigns where we reached over 27,000 people, we have been chosen to once again #StandwithMalala to join with nine other NGOs in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal to Educate, Empower, Lead for one year, in partnership with Malala Fund, Free a Girl and Nationale Postcode Lotterij.


Educate, Empower, Lead will engage with girls aged 13-17 at risk or the victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), to inspire them to stand up for their rights to their own education. We will also empower them to challenge the barriers to equality in education and give them the dais to advocate for it with key influencers and decision makers.


Sex workers are considered the lowest members of society and are persecuted by the authorities, their local communities, customers, brothel keepers and pimps. They and their children are shunned by an unsympathetic society. Ahmednagar has high levels of prostitution and human trafficking. Snehalaya has a proven track record and has achieved great success in working with female sex workers and girls vulnerable to CSEC since 1989.


Educate, Empower, Lead will allow us to reach wider and provide a safe haven, counselling, legal aid, vocational training, education and alternatives to sex work to those living within five red light and seven slum areas and will also help us educate other girls at risk through our 18 empowerment projects and outreach work. We’ll also be promoting and opening up opportunities for further and higher education and vocational training through our own projects and in collaboration with local authorities, NGOs and educational institutions.





We need your help to:


  • reach every girl, including victims and those at risk, in our communities to ensure they achieve their full academic potential

  • identify and break the barriers in educating and empowering girls

  • empower all girls to stand up for their rights

  • inspire girls with the confidence to become leaders


Why this campaign is vital NOW!

Did You Know?


  • 27,994 women in India were rescued from trafficking between 2014-2016

  • There was a 20% rise of women and children trafficked in India in 2016

  • Only 7% of trafficked women are rescued

  • 80% of trafficked Indians are women and girls forced into commercial sex work

  • 75% of Ahmednagar District's femals sex workers are illiterate

  • 75,000 children in Maharashtra, a large proportion of them girls don’t attend school 

  • Less than 1% of rural households in India own a home computer


Join hands with us to...


Read more about how you can join our campaign here.
Snehalaya runs educational programmes in Ahmednagar that improve the lives and futures of girls. You can help by donating to this vital community service. 
If you would prefer to donate to the organisation in general you can do so here.

He Named Me Malala, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, traces the life of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who was the victim of an assassination attempt because she spoke so passionately in support of girls’ education. 

Our previous campaign to promote the documentary reached an audience of over 27,000 with the message of the rights of girls to receive an education.

Take a look at highlights from that campaign to see why we were selected to #StandWithMalala for a third time to reach more girls at risk and inspire them to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, LEAD.


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