8 March 2018 will go down as a red letter day not just for Justice and Care in its fight against human trafficking but also for countless survivors the organisation has rescued and cares for day after day.
In a special event hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on International Women’s Day, the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind launched Justice and Care’s flagship Foundation Course, a specially designed programme that helps build the aptitude and abilities of survivors of trafficking to prepare them for skill training programmes.
Attending the exclusive event were 14 survivors of trafficking, special invitees, who shared their experiences and their journey of finding their lost confidence through pre-skill training they received through the course in the presence of the President, senior officials from government ministries and NGO leaders.
“It is amazing how these young girls have benefited from this foundation course. They have not just left their past behind but are also looking ahead towards a good future. One of our girls’ wants to become a lawyer, one wants to join the police. Their thought processes are such that whatever I have faced, let the other girls not (be subject to the same abuse),” said President Kovind.
The President also met the survivors separately to listen to their stories and learn about the course and its curriculum.
“The big challenge is that since these survivors come from very poor backgrounds, with little or no literacy, they are most vulnerable to go back to the same vicious circle of sextrade or child labour if they are not given proper means of livelihood,” said Joyita Ambett,CEO, Justice and Care.
“This Foundation Course, which provides them with basic skills like confidence building and social interaction acts as a stepping stone in their journey of financial empowerment, which helps break the vicious cycle,” Ambettadded.
Rupa*, a survivor of trafficking, present at the event said, “The Foundation Course was so useful that I want it to be provided to as many survivors across homes, so that more people can benefit.”
There is currently a lack of comprehensive pathways in National Skill Development Mission that enables inclusion of low literates or non-literates. The Foundation Course provides them with a foundation that helps them access the various skill training schemes under Skill India.Skill India was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 2015 with the aim to train over 40 crore people in India in different skills by 2022. This population of survivors of human trafficking, which is almost 5 lakh annually, are looking at benefitting from this course.
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*Name changed to protect identity.