Myriam was a victim,
but now is a survivor.
She is out of the dark,
and taking a rebirth.
Tell her it’s possible!
So that when they wish for a rebirth, it’s not just a wish.
Women rescued from trafficking / exploitation are provided temporary refuge in different shelter homes, where many organisations counsel and train them. However, critical areas of need like aftercare, rehabilitation and reintegration are often neglected despite the efforts of various government and non-government agencies. In the absence of effective reintegration, society is oblivious to their vulnerability, and the women face the risk of re-victimisation.
We bridge that gap between shelter homes and society by making survivors bold, independent and capable so that they can take a rebirth.
Kshamata is a home where survivors restart their lives. It gives them their first friends, first family, first experience of self employment, first job, first fight, first resolve and first place they can trust—no matter what.
They run the house on their own, set the rules and rights in consensus and take responsibility for each other. They’re never waiting, only creating.
Their belief, “We are the stakeholders of Kshamata, not beneficiaries.”
Today, Myriam is one of the twenty-nine rebirth stories that Kshamata has given life to.
By virtue of being rescued we call them survivors. But what goes into raising them from ashes is what makes for a real rebirth.
We befriend survivors at our partner NGOs and shelter homes over multiple visits and fun activity sessions. Slowly, they begin to share their dreams and volunteer to join Kshamata. Once they’re at Kshamata, Sahayog continues as the staff and fellow residents take on supporting new members.
In their first home, the survivors take baby steps towards their new life. They develop life skills, get emotionally empowered, vocationally trained, groomed, learn etiquettes and discover their true selves.
Once a survivor is trained and equipped, she is ready to shine. We get them a job, ensure a steady income and enable them to get their independent home to live in.
She’s out there making a mark. And there are times when she feels directionless. She makes a quick call to her first home and gets life coaching. She is empowered and heads right on!
“It is very important for us that these women become independent – earning their own money, staying on their own and living their own lives. We have to be the enablers for them to undertake this transformation themselves, whatever time it may take.”
“In 2016-17, we saw women moving out of Kshamata supported group stay homes to their own homes, beoming truly independent, but still maintaining their link with us.”
“It has been a journey for all us, staff, trustees, volunteers and the women of Kshamata. We all have evolved together and experienced the pangs of growth and the euphoria after that.”
Our brave-hearts are taking on life anew but there are many more out there. We want our tools to be widely available. Kshamata’s group homes are making rebirths real locally, but slowly. And Kshamata’s IMIB Model has the potential to bring light to a million more survivors globally.
Support us in strengthening our tools. Part of your donation goes in expanding Kshamata’s group homes and part of it in strengthening our IMIB Model. This Model will then be deployed at every every support organisation for women in distress. The more of us on the job, the faster we can bring Myriam back home.Take Us Forward