Education, Not Exploitation

Please help Her Future Coalition raise $40,000 to offer educational opportunities to 500-600 survivors of trafficking, gender abuse and girls at high-risk for both.

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Our Work:

Since 2005 Her Future Coalition has been creating powerful and positive change in the lives of girls who are survivors or are at high-risk of trafficking and gender based violence by providing education, including vocational training, safe shelter and a supportive community.

Through these steps, we are able to break the cycle of poverty and exploitation for the most vulnerable girls and ensure a future of independence and wellbeing.


About This Project:

Education to prevent exploitation of the most vulnerable girls is more important than ever in the age of COVID-19.  We are raising funds to provide flexible and accessible education to high-risk girls in red light areas and urban communities of Kolkata, India.

India was in a strict, national lockdown for over three months, and rolling lockdowns continue in areas where the virus is most severe.  This means that schools, and our red light resource centers, are not open at full capacity.  We have had to find new and creative ways to keep our girls safe, fed, and continuing their educations, so that they are not trafficked or exploited in this especially difficult time.

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We will use the funds from this project both to protect and educate our girls NOW, and to ensure that they have educational opportunities in the LONG TERM. Without education, our girls have almost no hope of breaking the cycle of poverty and exploitation.

• $10,000 will pay for Education Sponsorships, and help expand our computer training programs
• $15,000 will pay for rent, teacher/tutor salaries and school supplies at our Red Light Resource Centers
• $10,000 will pay for teacher/tutor salaries and school supplies for girls in urban slum areas
• $5,000 will pay for emergency COVID-19 needs such as nutritious meals and food distribution 

During the Indian lockdown we shifted our needs to pay for distance learning given by cellphone, and plan to reopen our Red Light Resource Centers to a small number of girls at a time, so they can have a safe place to study and go online. (girls growing up in red light areas are particularly at risk in the afternoon and evening hours when their moms are working)

The funds raised through this campaign will also enable us to provide education in the future. We will be able to provide education to 500-600 girls, with a full circle approach including after-school tutoring, safe places to study and rest, uniforms, books, school supplies, counseling and nutritious meals. 

We are proud to be working on this campaign with our partners South Kolkata Hamari Muskan and the Ek Tara school. For us at Her Future, it has always been important to foster local solutions in partnership with local NGOs to achieve our promise of educating girls and to create a supportive community.

How you can help:
Please donate what you can to help these precious girls in India! If you cannot donate, please share our campaign with everyone you can. All donations make a positive impact on many lives.

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This project is supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Her Future Coalition 
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Kolkata, India
Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund, A Project Of GoFundMe.org 
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