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Asha – Window of Hope in Hyderabad

India is home to the worlds third largest population of HIV-positive people: 2.1. million live with the virus. Contrary to the situation in Africa HIV is not yet a general pandemic but contained within so called bridging populations such as sex workers, migrant workers or truck drivers. UNICEF estimates that more than 4 million children in India are affected by Aids – most of them in so called high prevalence settings in big cities such as Hyderabad. The city of Hyderabad is the most important hub for human trafficking within India.

Trafficked into Prostitution and HIV/Aids

The situation for female sex workers is especially dire and complex as most of them have been trafficked into this trade and they see no perspective out of their ordeal.  Many of them are your, still girls. Neither do they have an alternative route to earn their living nor do they usually know their status or access treatment. Most of them have children – usually lying under the bed while mum is servicing a most likely drunk and violent client and not going to school. And HIV is big in this population: prevalence in hyderabadi sex work surrounding is esteemed to range from 10 to 40% – definitely African HIV-prevalence numbers.

A Safe Place – And a Perspective for a New Life

That is were we come in with our mandate to support HIV infected and affected children and youths. We provide temporary shelter to the sex workers and their children to allow them to heal and restore their self esteem. During that time, on top of the safe space, food and health plus medical support we offer market oriented trainings with a 95% guarantee to get real jobs after completion of the  3 months  course. They are thus able to earn their living – and once stable enough will find it easy to look after their children. In the meantime – and only just as long as needed –  we support their children with our back to school programme (tutorials, uniforms, fees). Additionally our mobile outreach unit visits the sex workers at bus stations and in small local red light districts, liase with test & treatment facilietes and make sure the HIV+ women access and adhere to their treatment.

Goals

  • Improved general health and wellbeing of HIV/Aids infected and affected children and their mothers
  • Set up and running of safe places  for HIV/aids infected and affected children
  • Improved access to education and improved school performance for HIV/aids infected and affected children
  • Jobintegration for affected/infected youths and sexworkers willing to quitt trade

Your Donation Does Make a Difference

CHF 20 buy one month of tuition for two children. Help ensuring  that the most needy children actually get through their education and perform well. Donate Now

CHF 110 buys a three months job training plus job integration for a young female – and thus prevents her from working in the sex trade. Donate now

CHF 120 gets one child that had to quit school back to school to him or her complete basic education.  Donate now