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. (Leer más)
Since the first night-care centre was opened, over 1000 children have been registered. All of these children have received besides food and shelter, medical care and psychological support. The vast majority of these children have attended school, enabling them to learn to read and write, many have successfully finished school and integrated jobs in the service industry. For example, the Taj Hotel Chain has started a training programme for young women from the care centre, to train them as housekeepers in the hotel industry.
Most of the children registered have been saved from commercial sexual exploitation, but not all. This highlights the need to better protect them from the dangers of the red-light district by physically relocating them away from this area, namely the home currently under construction.
The accounts are audited on an annual basis. Of the overall budget of Sfr 100,000.- about 6-7 per cent of the total budget is spent on administrative costs. All the rest goes directly to our projects. All the staff based in Switzerland work voluntarily and nobody is remunerated. We rely on a good network of volunteers to help us.
We receive regular reports from our partner organisation in India, which has received many rewards for its outstanding performance, such as the UNAIDS Civil Society Award in 2006. We have a site visit once a year, to check on the project.