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Spreading Hope and Freedom To Survivors Of Sex Trafficking

Chandrakala was heading back home to Mysore after an unsuccessful job search in Bangalore when a friendly stranger offered her some food and juice.

She woke up in a brothel in Kamathipura – Mumbai’s red light district.

Chandrakala's story is hardly unique in India, thousands of women go through the same ordeal every year. Like most women, Chandrakala, refused to do what was expected of her but there was only so long she could live through the severe torture that the “gharwali” put her through. Luckily for her the story doesn’t end there - five years after she was trafficked, the police rescued her and other girls in the same home.
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After she was rescued, a government-funded rehabilitation centre tracked down her relatives. They wanted nothing to do with her. Because somehow it’s Chandrakala's fault that at age 20 she was drugged in a Mysuru-bound bus by a stranger, hauled off to a Mumbai brothel and tortured until she agreed to become a prostitute.

Chandrakala  was now stuck at this under-funded government home without a future where she couldn’t find a job even though she was trained in tailoring and mat making. For many trafficking survivors, getting rescued is just the beginning of their next ordeal in life. Families don’t want them back and they can’t get jobs even if they have some vocational training.

Enter Tofu

Our goal is to reintegrate survivors of trafficking after they have been rescued. We decided that vocational training alone isn’t sufficient but that we had to give them jobs. And not just any job, but a job at a mainstream employer that would equip her to leave the TOFU home and live by herself.
 

We work with partner manufacturers (that follow stringent labour compliance guidelines) to guarantee jobs for all our beneficiaries. We’ve built processes to ensure that no one in the factory finds out about her past and that her confidentiality is maintained. To incentivize our manufacturing partners, we give them orders from our own brands (mytofu.org) or other partner brands (Louis Phillippe is one of our clients).
Our beneficiaries are given training, food, accommodation, counseling and care that they require. Tofu provides a comprehensive program to reintegrate them.

Therapy Session in Progress

So far 40 girls have gone through our program including Bharti. “Initially I was nervous” she says but now she has become confident and is hopeful for a brighter future. “It is a rebirth which I had not dreamt in my life. Earlier death was the only answer. I feel very happy now.” she says.


     Adarsh (Co-founder, ToF) having lunch with some of our candidates

Funding Requirement

We are raising funds to run our reintegration home in Bangalore and to expand our program to other cities. Mumbai is next on our list and we expect to start operations there by the end of May 2016. Here are the per month projected expenses and we are looking to raise funds for the next 2 months.

How Much to Donate?

Donate any amount that you are comfortable with. Every rupee goes a lot longer than you can imagine. 
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3rd November 2017
Hello,

Apologies for not sharing regular updates via Milaap. I hope all of you are signed on to our mailing list and request you to let me know if you haven't.

As we continue to grow at ToF, we have now built strong relationships with the local police in Karnataka. In fact quite often the police send victims directly to our home instead of keeping them in the police station since the women are far safer in our home.
Because of the relationship we have built with Janodaya, the room and board cost for our beneficiaries has come down significantly to rs 3100/month but the number of beneficiaries joining us has gone up thanks to the new partnerships. If you are open to supporting a beneficiary for 6 months or 1 year, we would greatly appreciate the much needed funds.

Thank you all so much for your continued support so far and we look forward to reintegrating many more beneficiaries.

Thanks,
Pritham
Hello,

Apologies for not sharing regular updates via Milaap. I hope all of you are signed on to our mailing list and request you to let me know if you haven't.

As we continue to grow at ToF, we have now built strong relationships with the local police in Karnataka. In fact quite often the police send victims directly to our home instead of keeping them in the police station since the women are far safer in our home.
Because of the relationship we have built with Janodaya, the room and board cost for our beneficiaries has come down significantly to rs 3100/month but the number of beneficiaries joining us has gone up thanks to the new partnerships. If you are open to supporting a beneficiary for 6 months or 1 year, we would greatly appreciate the much needed funds.

Thank you all so much for your continued support so far and we look forward to reintegrating many more beneficiaries.

Thanks,
Pritham
15th May 2017
Dear All,

First of all thank you all so much for you support. I know we haven't been doing a great job of putting up updates on Milaap but I run a monthly newsletter mentioning all our updates for the month. So you can stay more connected to us, I'll be adding your email address to my monthly newsletter and most of you should have gotten an email from me today.
I wasn't able to add some of the email IDs, so if you haven't received the email, could you please subscribe to the newsletter at the following link:

http://eepurl.com/byOiTL

If you had been getting my monthly emails over the past few months (because you donated on Kickstarter or signed up on our website), then please ignore this message.

Regards,
Pritham Raja,


Dear All,

First of all thank you all so much for you support. I know we haven't been doing a great job of putting up updates on Milaap but I run a monthly newsletter mentioning all our updates for the month. So you can stay more connected to us, I'll be adding your email address to my monthly newsletter and most of you should have gotten an email from me today.
I wasn't able to add some of the email IDs, so if you haven't received the email, could you please subscribe to the newsletter at the following link:

http://eepurl.com/byOiTL

If you had been getting my monthly emails over the past few months (because you donated on Kickstarter or signed up on our website), then please ignore this message.

Regards,
Pritham Raja,


5th December 2016
Folks, as we come to the end of the year I wanted to share a couple of updates:

1. Chandrakala is HIV+ and had to go to the hospital regularly for checkups. During her visits, she got close to one of the hospital workers who is also HIV+ and eventually fell in love with him. They are now married and living together happily.

2. We are now starting our reintegration services in Mumbai and have tied up with 4 factories around the city to support our reintegration effort. After our successful Bangalore setup, Mumbai is the first city we will be replicating our model in - so wish us luck!

Thank you for all your support !
Folks, as we come to the end of the year I wanted to share a couple of updates:

1. Chandrakala is HIV+ and had to go to the hospital regularly for checkups. During her visits, she got close to one of the hospital workers who is also HIV+ and eventually fell in love with him. They are now married and living together happily.

2. We are now starting our reintegration services in Mumbai and have tied up with 4 factories around the city to support our reintegration effort. After our successful Bangalore setup, Mumbai is the first city we will be replicating our model in - so wish us luck!

Thank you for all your support !

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