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Escaping Human Trafficking

3 comments Written on September 25th, 2013     
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escaping human traffickingGangubai Shinde comes from a middle-class family. When she was fifteen, her parents forced her to marry a man twice her age. Her husband accused her of being unfaithful, and he began beating her. Although Gangubai realized that she was not safe living with her husband, she stayed with him for two years. During that time he tortured her and frequently tried to burn her. She became pregnant, but as a result of the abuse, she miscarried in the third month of pregnancy.

One day her husband took her to the city, where, unbeknownst to her, he met with a brothel owner and sold Gangubai to be a prostitute. Then he told her he had some work in a nearby place and he would come back to her after finishing the work. That night, a woman told Gangubai, “Your husband is busy with some other work in the city. So he has asked me to take you to my home and he has given some money to pay for your stay at this hotel.” Gangubai trusted her and left the hotel. After staying with her for two days Gangubai realized that things were not right. She asked the woman about her husband’s return. The brothel owner told her, “Your husband has sold you for 10,000 rupees [less than $200] in the market to turn you into a prostitute.” Gangubai broke down in tears and collapsed. The next morning when she awoke she found herself in bed with a strange person. This was like a terrible nightmare. One of the women there explained that she had to stay and had to give half of the money she earned to the brothel owner. Six months later, Gangubai had done business equaling more than the 10,000 rupees for which she had been purchased, but she was still unable to escape. Even if she tried to flee, she had no hope left for her life. So she stayed and continued as a prostitute. Continue Reading »



Flood Relief Continues in India

Post a Comment » Written on September 18th, 2013     
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Covenant Social Services (CSS) of the Hindustani Covenant Church continues to send updates to Covenant World Relief regarding the devastating floods in India and current disaster relief efforts:

Recent natural calamity due to cloud burst, followed by flood and landslides in Uttarakhand has claimed more than 5000 lives. The numbers of people stranded, seriously injured, and missing are in hundreds and thousands.

Transporting Relief Material

Transporting relief material to remote communities

The deluge has also swept away buildings and homes and destroyed major roads, bridges, and vast tracts of farmland. Most of the victims are Hindu pilgrims and villagers in remote locations of the mountain ranges. Considering the devastation media has termed it as ‘Himalayan Tsunami’. The devastation started on June 16, but the aftermath continues to affect communities in the area. As long as the rescue operation is not complete and temporary mending for the disconnected roads are not made, one cannot for sure tell the exact figure of deaths, missing persons, and financial losses. Continue Reading »



Weaving Leads to Youth Empowerment

Post a Comment » Written on September 11th, 2013     
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Gulamuddin Baba - KashmirBaba is a teacher in the carpet-making class offered for youth in northern India. The classes began a year ago for the youth of these villages. The interest among the youth to learn the skill was encouraging; within six months they could make a carpet and sell it for an income.

In the meantime, these working young people were connected with the government to receive a better carpet-making machine at a subsidized rate. The new carpet-making machine is made of metal (replacing wooden frames) and giving better results. The teacher and students can now make higher quality carpets to sell at a better rate. By now the thread, design, machine and labor is all created and operated locally. The youth are becoming self-dependent and earning a small profit with this new skill.

The classes initiated by CSS (Covenant Social Service, a ministry of the Hindustani Covenant Church) in India have inspired many youth to develop financial stability and grow in self-esteem.



Transformation in the Red Light District – Sunita

Post a Comment » Written on July 29th, 2013     
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Below is the story of a woman whose life was radically transformed when she was provided with the opportunity by CWR’s partner HCC to escape a life of prostitution. 

My name is Sunita Vijay Naik. I am 35 years old and am from Ahammad Nagar, Maharashtra. My mother died when I was a child. I have 2 brothers but unfortunately my father and younger brother died within one month of the other. Unwillingly I got married to a dumb man at the age of 11. After 2 days of staying with my husband I came back to my parents’ house. My father-in–law called a meeting of Panchayat (village court) and they decided that I should not go back to my in-law’s house anymore since I had violated village laws. Then I stayed in my parent’s house, but many people started commenting and saying many things about me. Again my parent’s arranged a boy for me, so I was married again. His name was Laxmikant. That marriage is called Motur (sending off the daughter with just a saree). However, there was no physical relation with my second husband. But after few months one day my brother–in-law called me and forcefully raped me, then I became pregnant. When my husband came to know that I am pregnant, he got angry. Because of shame I ran away from house and came to Pune. I asked a woman to give me a job doing household chores, but instead she sold me to a brothel. Continue Reading »



Transformation in the Red Light District – Gangubai Shinde

Post a Comment » Written on June 17th, 2013     
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Below is the story of a woman whose life was radically transformed when she was provided with the opportunity by CWR’s partner HCC to escape a life of prostitution. 

Gangubai Shinde comes from a middle class family. Her parents forced her to get married at the age of 15 to a person that was double her age. With very little knowledge about married life she started staying with her husband. But her husband started doubting and accusing her of having extra-marital relations. He started beating her. She realized that her life was not secure with her husband, but managed to stay with him for two years. During these two years her husband tortured her and frequently tried to start her on fire. The child she conceived from him was aborted forcefully in the 3rd month of pregnancy.

One day her husband took her to the city without revealing the purpose. They stayed for four days in a small lodge near a place called Budhawar Peth. During his stay in Budhawar Peth, Gangubai’s husband met a brothel owner and sold his wife to be a prostitute. Then he told Gangubai that he had some work in a nearby place and he would come back to her after finishing the work. He never returned. Continue Reading »