MISSION: Night Shelter for Children of Sex Workers in Baruipur, West Bengal, India

ANNUAL BUDGET to operate a girls and boys shelter US $7000 (INR 4, 30,000)


  • Ensure a protective environment to the highly vulnerable children of sex workers
  • Reintegrate the children into mainstream society through formal school education and

opportunity for higher studies.


  • Extreme poverty and starvation forces women to take up prostitution. The women lack basic human rights.
  • Children born to sex workers grow up amidst the poverty, squalor and crime in the brothels. Most do not go to school.
  • Children are all malnourished and physically and sexually abused frequently by the clients. They are exposed to crime, alcohol and drugs at a very early age.
  • Significant majority of boys succumb to a life of crime. Almost 100% of the girls take up prostitution or are kidnapped and forced into prostitution.


  • NISHTHA with support from ASHA for Education, Atlanta Chapter started a night shelter in September 2006 for the children of the sex workers. Shelter remains open seven days of the week.
  • 32 children of ages 2 to 14 years live in the shelter. The shelter provides safety and emotional support. Nutritional support, clothing and recreational activities are also provided.
  • The children are enrolled into formal schools through the help of Nishtha. Non formal teaching is provided to children who are unable to be accepted into formal schools.


  • Overcoming prejudice and stigma from the local population and ensure integration of children into mainstream society.
  • Minimize dropout rate from schools and night shelter by providing education and emotional support to the children.
  • Empowerment of mothers to minimize prostitution


In 2013 and 2014, for the first time in the history of Baruipur, with Asha’s support; two girls, children of sex workers from Nishtha, graduated from Class 12 and enrolled in Nursing college

with guaranteed job placement in the local Govt. hospitals.

MISSION: Minimize child marriage and empower women against domestic violence.

ANNUAL BUDGET: $17,000 (INR 10, 16, 000)



  • Minimize child marriage through education support, gender equality training, self-defense and empowerment training to more than 200 girls from two remote villages in West Bengal.
  • Provide college tuition support, spoken English classes and vocational training with job placements to ensure financial independence of the girls post high school.


  • Agriculture (a primarily male-dominated vocation) is the primary source of income for the villages in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, the sixth most populous district in India. Baruipur is the district headquarters (~30 Km from Kolkata).
  • Women and children of these villages are economically deprived and vulnerable due to the lack of opportunities for self-empowerment and employment outside of agriculture.
  • Girls are treated as a burden and not allowed to study beyond puberty. Female child marriage is extremely rampant with most marriages performed in secret with the girl and her mother having absolutely no say in the decision
  • Domestic abuse (physical, mental and sexual) is very rampant with most families accepting abuse as a way of life. West Bengal being a border state with significant trafficking of minors across the border, many girls are also sold into the sex trade by their husband and in-laws for money.


Since the seventies, Nishtha has been working with women and children in more than 300 villages in the South 24 Parganas district to educate young girls. Nishtha organizes numerous educational and empowerment coaching programs to provide the necessary age-appropriate gender equality and empowerment training.

  • Girls’ and boys’ groups – Balika and Balak Bahinis
  • Adolescent girls’ and boys’ groups – Kishori and Kishor Bahinis
  •  Adult women’s groups – Mahila Mandals


  • For the first time ever, 43 girls passed out of class 12 in 2014. Most of these girls are the first in their families to have attended formal school.
  • For the first time ever in 2015, 40 girls from the two villages underwent Spoken English and Computer skills certification from Don Bosco Tech.


  • Education, self-defense and empowerment support and vocational training must be continued relentlessly to minimize child marriage.
  • Additional counselling and support must be provided to ensure successful job placement of the girls who underwent Spoken English and Computer Certification.
MISSION: Minimize school dropout rates among adolescent children in four slums in Kamarhati,
West Bengal


ANNUAL BUDGET: $2500 (fully supported through Support-a-child Asha donors)


? 106 children from 4 centers provided with education support.

? Maintain grades and minimize school dropout rates through backup teaching support.

? Provide tutor salaries, food, medical checkups, books & stationary.

? Annual Budget: $2500 (100% supported by individual Asha donors)


Inspiration was formed in 1996 by IIT Kharagpur alumni to provide bridge training programs to

children on migrant workers to help their integration into mainstream schools. Since 2010, Asha

Atlanta has supported such bridge programs for more than 100 children of Kamarhati township

of North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal. The funds for each year are raised through Asha’s

Support a Child program with help from generous donors like you.


Asha Atlanta through the support a child program provides funds to run tuition classes, teacher

salaries, books, stationary and snacks for children in four slums. The classes are vital to ensure

that the children obtain the necessary support to maintain their grades and in be reenrolled

into formal schools in the case of school drpouts.


Nearly 100% of the children in grades V to VIII can perform addition and subtraction.

Approximately ~30% of the children can read and write sentences in English.


Migration of the parents and extreme poverty of the families is a major source of contined high

school dropout rates.

Counseling of the parents combined with sustained support from Asha is vital to ensuring that

the children stay in school and enter either into college or some kind of vocational training that

will help them get jobs.


MISSION: Girl/women empowerment through education and vocational traiing for self-sustenance


Bicycle project to support 50 girls: $2500 (INR 1,52,500)

Sikshana Project for 1 school: $1000 (INR.60,000)

Vocational Training: $ 11,500 (INR 6,86,400)


Vagra is a sub-district of Bharuch, Gujarat and contains 73 villages with 57% of the population

being Muslim. A significant portion of the Hindu population belong to the Scheduled

Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) who along with the Muslim community, are economically and

socially marginalized.

Poor emphasis on the education of the girl child. All villages have primary and middle school

while the district headquarters has two Govt. High schools. Most girls drop out after grade 8

since the families will not risk sending their daughters on the 15-18 Km commute to the high



GVT was founded in 2001 by Mr. Ramesh Kasondra who hails from the area. He instituted

numerous programs for promoting girl child education in Vagra block. Numerous Asha for

Education chapters have supporte GVT since 2005-2006 and Asha Atlanta started supporting

GVT since 2011. Some of the programs include:

  •  Bicycle program to help girls from remote villages commute to high school and minimize girl child dropout. Asha Atlanta started supporting 20 girls initially from 2011 and extended the program to buy 50 bicycles annually.
  • Sikshana Teacher Training program to improve the quality of education in Govt. schools. Asha Atlanta provides funds to support Sikshana program in one Govt. school annually.
  • Para teacher program to fill shortage of teachers in Govt. schools. GVT identifies suitably qualified individuals from the local community and pays for their employment as para teachers. Asha Atlanta provided a one-time Para Teacher salary support for 36 teachers in 12 schools in 2013.
  • Vocational training programs for girls such as beautician training, English and computer skills, tailoring classes etc. In 2015, Asha Atlanta provided funds to open and operate one vocational training center (sewing, beautician training and computer training ) that trains close to 100 girls.


Girl dropout rates decreased dramatically (less than 20%) sicne the introduction of the Bicycle program.

  • Sikshana program has enabled the children in the local Govt. schools to score ~90%-97% in Math, Science and English.
  • The first batch of girls have completed their vocational training program in the center opened by Asha Atlanta. They are awaiting job placements.


All programs (bicycle, Sikshana teacher training and vocational training) have to be continued to

see continued impact on the lives of girls and women. Counselling programs need to be

regularly combined with the above efforts to ensure support from the families and local