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I am pledging my birthday to help ex-Devadasi women start independent businesses

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Mahananda is a 34-year-old survivor of the Devadasi (meaning: ‘servant of God’) system. This ancient practice involved dedicating a girl, as young as 5-6 years of age, to the temple Goddess. She would spend her life serving the temple and was not allowed to marry anyone. The system was abused by the rich and powerful who forced young Devadasis to sleep with them. Over years, Devadasis were reduced to being incorrectly termed 'temple prostitutes'. Mahananda escaped from the system with support from MASS, our field partner. A single mother, she started a tailoring business of her own ,ensured that her two daughters get a good education and is truly empowered.
MASS provides financial support to former Devadasi women like Mahananda to start small businesses like tailoring, rearing livestock, and running small shops. These businesses help pay their children’s school fees, save for their old age, and generate jobs for their families. Education and a secure environment will offer their children a better future, help them integrate back into society, and eventually break the vicious cycle of the merciless Devadasi practice.
"To be honest, I know its hard to feel someone's pain by just reading about it. You feel bits and pieces out of the corners of you generosity but that is it. Well that is what I am counting upon. Your generosity is going to help these women build their lives. Don't mistake this fundraising for a plea, its a request to all of you out there to remember that its easy for someone with parents to go ahead and build a fortune but to start without a foundation, without encouragement is nothing less than a miracle. These women are trying to break out of a vicious cycle of trauma. Poverty is least of their worries but it still is a grave threat. In the world today where a piece of bread is as hard to earn as it is to earn someone's trust, you need financial support. The support without which a baby won't even live long enough to smile. Yet these women braved out of those deep trenches of discrimination and are trying to move on with their life. A life they are entitled to. So please help us help them. Help them to be able to continue this legacy of miracles. I know I might just have words to get your attention, but I am hoping to make it count. These women need us to raise our voices for them. It is important for us to understand the needs of our fellow human beings. I am not going to ask you to make your humanity count in monetary terms. I am just asking you to think, for one minute about these women, who have been wronged. You have a chance to make things right for them. We look forward to your contribution."

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