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Construction of a children's home in Mumbai, India
Association Kamathipura "Asskam". For 11 years, Asskam has been funding a night-care centre in Mumbai's red-light district, Kamathipura. More than 100 children receive protection, food and shelter every night. In the morning, the younger children attend the on-site nursery and the older children attend the municipal school. A doctor and psychologist pay weekly visits to the centre to tend to the children.

In order to better meet the children's needs and to offer them a safer future away from the dangers of sexual trafficking, Asskam started building a home in 2006 in a Mumbai suburb away from the red-light district, for 150 children. This home will include residential facilities and a training centre in a safe neighbourhood, which includes services such as schools and hospitals.

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As is the case of all NGO's in India, we have had to abide by Indian government regulations which only allow Indians to implement development projects in India. We are partners with Prerana, a reputable Indian organisation, founded by an Indian social worker, Ms Priti Patkar, through which all funds are transferred. Prerana works for the actual and potential victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.

Besides the funds Prerana receives from our Association, Asskam, it has over the years received support from Family Health International, UNICEF Maharashtra, UNIFE, USAID, Concern India Foundation and many other groups and individuals. In 2006, it received UNAIDS' Civil Society Award for its exemplary role in the fight against HIV in India.

Ms Priti Patkar
Prerana
7 lane Kamathipura Municipal School
Shuklaji Street
Kamathipura
Mumbai 400008
e-mail: pppatkar@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in

For further references, see list of committee and trust members in attached funding proposal.





 



 
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