One life at a Time
Chaiim Foundation is registered under the Maharashtra Public Trust Act 1950 – E29881 and is a NGO (Non Profit Organization) rehabilitating survivors of human trafficking and promoting the welfare of the marginalized, the poor, disadvantaged and exploited irrespective of religion, caste or gender. We achieve the same by giving attention to Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Restoration.
Vision is to Reinstate survivors (women, men and children) of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk.
We build and provide hope, by offering job readiness, vocational opportunities, life-skills training, counseling and spiritual development to those seeking freedom to live dignified lives.
Our Mission is to Rehabilitate and Restore Survivors of human Trafficking.
To provide employment to young women above the age of 18 years rescued from vulnerable situations (typically human trafficking or prostitution) and to provide income for survivors of human trafficking to facilitate their successful transition to society. On the job training will be provided to beneficiaries through Fair Trade Wages.
To develop and establish relationships with other likeminded organizations based in India and abroad to support the various programs and to meet the needs of the development of the beneficiary.
Equipping Survivors with Basic Life Skills, Education, Vocational Training, Counseling, English speaking classes, field trips, social awareness trips etc. will be given to beneficiaries on further development of the project contributing to the reintegration of beneficiaries.
Is to empower those who are survivors of human trafficking and the urban poor woman by having
- Vocational Training
- Basic Life Skills
- Care and Restoration
- Jobs Readiness
- Micro Enterprise
- Social Enterprise
- Activity based
- A Ready Plan of Action
Our Founders became aware and experienced the darkest atrocities that could happen to women who were survivors of human trafficking. During the course of their daily interaction with the beneficiaries, they recognized a gap in the recovery process for these women and felt that it was one thing to realize the need for emotional, spiritual and physical healing for women who have experienced sexual exploitation; however it was a tough challenge to address the practical and vocational needs as they move towards their emotional recovery.
Chaiim Foundation (which means LIFE) was birthed to provide viable employment for these women, so they are able to support themselves and their families. Despite the initial bumps and learning curves of starting a business in one of the most challenging environments in the world, our founders were able to play a part in changing the lives of women who now have a hope for their future.
Chaiim Foundation continues to help break the cycle of poverty that fuels human trafficking and sexual exploitation through employment by employing women who have been rescued with a stable line of work. By providing training and jobs we prevent this from happening by employing women who are at risk. Our desire is to give these vulnerable women a choice where they’ve had no choice and make a lasting difference in their lives. Your support not only impacts the lives of these women but also gives them that second chance where your support helps integrate and restore ‘One life at a Time’
The CHAIIM Model
4 Year Program
Bacis Life Skills
Life skills are important because they give the beneficiaries more control to improve their lives.
Sometimes, victims may have dropped out of school or training, which further reduces their
The girls at Chaiim Foundation are very eager to learn and pursue their education.
Chaiim Foundation provides freedom for women from the sex trade, women who were forced into
The experiences that trafficked victims have been forced to go through are torturous
Every person has a dream to have a home where they can call it their home, Chaiim provides
89Being given life skills and supported
42Supported via our Aftercare Program
12Rehabilitated back to community
42Given job readiness and housing
10Placed in corporate jobs
One life at a Time
Human Trafficking is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade across the globe. According to the definition of the United Nations – “trafficking is any activity leading to recruitment, transportation, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or a position of vulnerability”.
Close to 80% of the human trafficking across the world is done for sexual exploitation and the rest is for bonded labor and India is considered as the hub of this crime in Asia. As per the statistics of the government – in every eight minutes a child goes missing in our country. In 2011 about 35,000 children were reported missing and more than 11,000 out of these were from West Bengal.
Further, it is assumed that only 30% of the total cases are reported, so the actual number is pretty high.Human trafficking is one of the major problems in India. Till date no concrete study has been conducted so far to know the exact number of trafficked kids in India. The New York Times has reported on the widespread problem of human trafficking in India especially in the state of Jharkhand. Also in the report it is stated that young girls are trafficked from neighboring Nepal to India.
In another article published in The Times of India – Karnataka is the third state in India for human trafficking. Other South Indian states are also the most sought after destinations for human trafficking. Every year more than 300 such cases are reported in each of the four south Indian states. Whereas West Bengal and Bihar, on an average have 100 such cases each year.
As per the data, more than half of the human trafficking cases are from these states. According to the latest report on human trafficking by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reveals that Tamil Nadu has 528 such cases of human trafficking in 2012. The number is really high and more than any other state except for West Bengal (549).
As per the data from Home Ministry, 1379 cases of human trafficking were reported from Karnataka in the period of four years, in Tamil Nadu the number is 2,244 whereas Andhra Pradesh has 2,157 cases of human trafficking. Recently 300 bonded labourers in Bangalore have been rescued. According to an article in Firstpost, Delhi is the hub of human trafficking trade in India and half of the world’s slaves live in India.
Delhi is the hotspot for illegal trade of young girls for domestic labour, forced marriage and prostitution. Delhi is also the transit point for human trafficking. Kids especially girl and young women, mostly from Northeast are taken from their homes and sold in faraway states of India for sexual exploitation and to work as bonded labour by the agents who lure their parents with education, better life, and money for these kids . Agents do not send these kids to school but sell them to work in brick kilns, carpentry units, as domestic servants, beggars etc. Whereas girls are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Even these girls are forced to marry in certain regions where female to male sex ratio is highly disturbed. Children from tribal areas are at greater risk of human trafficking. Recently there were cases of human trafficking in which most of the children were from the Kuki tribe in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.
Reason for this was the tribal clashes that let the human trafficking to prosper. Conflict between the Kukis and Nagas tribe in Northeast region between 1992 and 1997 left many kids homeless. These kids were taken by agents to the other parts of the country.
(Someone snatched me when I was twelve years old and I thought I lost everything…but today at Chaiim I have learnt to read, write and have a wonderful house mother to look after me…) This is my Story
My stepfather molested me every night and my mother would verbally and physically abuse me. Unaware to my mother that her own husband was tormenting me at sexually abusing me. I left home hoping to build my dream in the city of Mumbai – the city in which dreams can be built.
Roaming the streets of Mumbai at night in search for food and shelter, I was more than happy to accept work propositions by various men. I finally thought my dream was beginning to materialize into reality. Little did I know that I was about to plunge into my worst night-mare.
Within a matter of days, I learned what it was like to be trapped, to be imprisoned in an abandoned building, to be raped over and over and over again, not for one day, not for one week but for two entire months. I learned what it was like to escape from that hell only to be sucked into another one of rape and the physical thrashing followed by more rape and more pounding.
I learned the difference between prostitution for money and prostitution for survival –survival sex, barter sex, call it what you want to. I learned to control the terror I felt when most men approached me – the trembling, the wild beating of my heart and the eventual resignation to the fact that there was nothing beyond this. I learned where you can get almost anything – food, clothing, a place to sleep – for a price. I lived in a world we hear only whispers about – the world where you have no friends because tomorrow I could can be raped to death or die from a drug overdose or beaten up within an inch of her life. All this before the tender age of 16.Some social worker suggested that I visit Chaiim Foundation and then decided to come to Chaiim Foundation and as soon as I connected with the founders, I knew I had to be here. I have now been with Chaiim Foundation for the last 2 and ½ years. In a nutshell, As I was introduced to the Chaiim Model, I have successfully completed my internship and proved myself to be a person of good judgment, making helpful choices and knowing how to packaging a product well through the social enterprise that Chaiim Foundation runs.
I have completed my secondary education and am planning on enrolling for University this year. Savings have always been encouraged and I now have a good amount saved in my bank account.Finally, my wounds have started to heal. I got rid of my shame, my past and learned what it’s like to begin a new life.I recently got engaged to a boy whom Chaiim introduced me to him after much research and investigation. I was encouraged to gradually reveal my past when I continued to meet him and did develop the courage to share my life with him. My step father on hearing my engagement was upset at me getting engaged and threatened me with consequences of telling my boyfriend about my past. However I was not fearful –I was always told to speak the truth and truth did triumph and I’m not scared any more
I now know what its like to be living a dream – a dream where it is possible to forgive despite being abused, hurt and betrayed, a dream where it is possible get rid of shame,vulnerability and no self value, a dream where it is possible to trust, to love and to be loved.
My Mother expired when I was around 14 years old and I was being looked after my 2 elder brothers. My brothers always ill-treated me and never trusted me as the years began to pass.They would often beat me, kick me and insult me cause to them I had become a burden and another mouth to feed.The neighborhood locality was not a nice place and all the possible bad things used to take place and as a girl I would often be frightened to venture out alone in the day or the night.
One life at a Time
Chaiim Foundation incubates and is open to business ideas in the various sectors of trade to help empower some of the most vulnerable and trafficked victim to be rehabilitated back to society and community.
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Corporate Social Responsibility The Parliament approved new Companies Bill, which mandates that companies of a certain size spend 2% of their three - year average annual profit towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), is a landmark one as it makes India among the first nations to have social welfare spending as part of company statute by law.
Around 8,000 companies would fall under the Bill's ambit and this mandate would translate into an estimated CSR spending of Rs. 12,000 - 15,000 crore annually. In order to maximise the impact of their CSR, Indian corporate houses need to look beyond the traditional lens of "charity" and develop succinct CSR strategies with potential for large - scale social and economic impact.
Private philanthropies set up by India's business leaders can be looked at as models for CSR. The first step towards developing a CSR strategy is to define a maximum of 2 - 3 social issues. Making the most of corporate social responsibility: Smart partnering can provide a practical way forward. CSR is a creative opportunity to fundamentally strengthen business while contributing to society at the same time.
The big challenge for companies and NGOs is how to develop an approach that can truly deliver for both. Smart partnering is emerging as a way to create value for both the business and society simultaneously. Smart partnering focuses on key areas of impact between business and society and develops creative solutions that draw on the complementary capabilities of both to address major challenges that affect each partner.
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