Female sex workers (FSWs) income levels and earnings are marginal, with most having to pay 50% of their earnings to brothel, hotel and lodge owners. They spend a good deal of their lives paying back loans and often find themselves deeply in debt. Of what little remains, they need to care for their children or send money home. As they get older FSWs are forced to sell their bodies for as little as the price of a cup of tea and have nowhere to go once they are forced or choose to stop working.

How we help

 

Sneha Saksham aims to develop and deliver vocational training to provide alternatives to sex work and sustainable incomes and futures for our FSWs. By providing career alternatives, essential documentation such as Adhar cards, legal support and information on their human rights and providing them alternatives while they are still young enough to re-train we are giving them an opportunity for sustainable livelihoods and futures with dignity.

The lifestyle and addictions that FSWs have become dependent on remains our biggest challenge. Through counselling, education and rehabilitation we aim to kick their habits and live a simpler life through more sustainable and healthier employment. Our vocational training options include:

 

  • Fennel (disinfectant) sales

  • Paitani sari weaving

  • Fashion design / tailoring

  • Papad production

  • Agriculture

 

We have also funded start up costs for snack stalls and are currently exploring other options.

 

Who we help

This project targets women who are reaching the end of their working lives in sex work, prioritising those:

 

  • Over 35 years of age

  • Who have HIV/AIDS

  • With teenage children who are at increased risk of exposure to their mother’s profession

  • Who directly approach us to leave

How you can help

With your support we can reach out to more sex workers to educate them on their health and rights, offer them alternatives, put an end to trafficking and ultimately prevent the further spread of HIV and STDs.

estimated sex workers in India

75%

of our sex workers are completely illiterate

36

the number of red-light areas in our district where we are currently working

200 women

10 million

targeted for rehabilitation over two years

MEET...

Meena

Meena is a peer educator who identifies and counsels women about the alternatives to sex work.

Snehalaya helped me to set up my own tea stall and I am really ahppy to share my experience to encourage others to do the same.

Our partners

Snehalaya is a voluntary organisation registered in 1992 under the Societies Registration Act 1960 (Reg No MH2220/A'nagar) and in 1995 under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) Reg No 083720087. It has Tax Exemption Recognition under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961 No.CIT(E)/12A(a)/80G/135/2008-09/1916)

 

Snehalaya adheres to the norms prescribed for good governance of voluntary organisations and is certified by Credibility Alliance (CA/82/2013)

 

Snehalaya, Home of Love Project and Snehalaya UK are all trading names for operations in India and beyond that all represent our projects and services operating since 1989 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India.

 

All donations given to any part of our organisation, unless directly specified, will be spent where most needed for the betterment of our beneficiaries in project running costs and in building capacity through organisational development.

 

Company Registration documents:

Indian Charity Registration details

UK Charity Registration Number: 1157926

Snehalaya Americas, Inc. is a registered 501 c(3) entity, at the following registered address: 30 Sheryl Drive, Edison NJ 08820-1311 

 

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