Project Description

Joining

Forces

The German government has demonstrated a strong human rights policy that has focused on the protection of women and the improvement of their human rights situation. Highlighting the government’s commitment, the German Consulate General in Kolkata has joined hands with MISSING to create awareness against Human Trafficking and help put an end to modern day slavery.

The
Problem

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has reported that in 2016, 19,223 women and children were trafficked in India constituting a rise of almost 25% from the previous year.
Further it is estimated that West Bengal accounts for about 42% of all trafficking cases given its geographic location near the borders of Nepal and Bangladesh. Within Bengal, South 24 Parganas features among the top five districts in terms of trafficking.
It is estimated that 70 % of households in India don’t have access to toilets and roughly 60 % of the country’s 1.2 billion people defecate in open spaces. This disproportionately affects women.
The lack of access to clean toilets in rural areas, is a large factor in children especially girls dropping out of school, or not going to school at all which increases their chances of getting trafficked.

The Plan

We have partnered with the German Consulate to construct 104 toilets benefiting 400 people. Most of the 100 families we will help have young children or girls. The livelihood program that we are conducting will benefit 40 women. These women are either survivors of trafficking, victims of child marriage and domestic violence or highly vulnerable youth who are the primary targets of trafficking.

The Way Forward

One of the main barriers to economic opportunity in the area is geographical fragmentation. Kultali is a low lying area, playing host to a river and its tributaries. This makes it challenging  to reach the more remote areas to provide economic opportunities to those in great need. Over the next few months we plan on setting up other livelihood programmes in each of the 9 gram panchayats of Kultali block. This will extend our reach into the deep pockets of the South 24 paraganas. 

Our Programs