Every 4 minutes, a girl is trafficked. It is estimated that a quarter of a milion girls are trafficked every year in India alone.
Each year, thousands of young girls from poor families in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh are kidnapped and forced into prostitution. Stripped of their lives, rights, and dignity, these young girls enter this hellish world, and many are paid nothing for their abuse.
Nonprofits that rescue these women often have to support them financially and help them piece their lives back together, so they can recover from the physical, emotional, and psychological trauma and find their sense of self-worth.
What we're doing
This spring, (April 5th-12th), I will travel as a part of a 20-person team from Salesforce and Google to Kathmandu, Nepal and volunteer my time with these nonprofits.
Our plan is to meet with the women and the nonprofits to understand the challenges and problems they deal with. In the second half of the week, during a 54-hour hackathon, we will apply our minds, technology, and skills to build solutions that they can use to attain their goals.
Working with Effect.org
Casey Allred - the founder of Effect.org, a nonprofit that runs affordable schools in India - is leading us on this volunteer project. Casey committed himself to this cause when he found teenage girls went missing from his school, lost to the sex trade. Casey is already working with other nonprofits in the Indian subcontinent and is working on a very powerful documentary, Stolen Innocence (see trailer above), to raise awareness about the issue. For more information on Casey's story and efforts, see his interview with Forbes.
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“We only have what we give.” - Isabel Allende
Help me raise funds for these nonprofits, so we might together give these women another shot at a life of dignity. Make a small donation; any amount in any currency will do.
Anything you can do to support the cause helps, even if it means just sharing this link on a social media site.
About your donations:
- Funds will be routed to these nonprofits via Effect.org. All donations are 501(c)3 tax deductible, and Effect.org will provide receipts.
- I will personally cover any transaction fees charged by Gofundme.com.
- If you prefer to transact via PayPal, this is possible (and preferred). Just let me know.
In case you were wondering, volunteers are funding their own travel and stay in Nepal and have already made donations toward the cause.
Why am I doing this?
I was born and raised in India, but unlike these women, I’ve taken several privileges for granted - an education, fair wages, the rights over my body, and the support and respect of family and society. This is my attempt to help these women, in my own small capacity, to build a better future, free of fear, abuse, and exploitation.
I hope you'll join me in raising awareness about this issue and fighting against it, so coming generations feel safer for it.
Sincere thanks for the time you spent on my page and any show of support. Wish us luck.