Location- Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Year of Association- 2008
No. of students traineds-100
As a brother belonging to the order of Montfort
Brothers of St Gabriel, Bro Jose Vetticatil had been committed
to the cause of deprived for the last 28 years. He has been involved
in post-earthquake rehabilitation efforts in Latur. His main contribution
has been in the field of technical training for deprived boys.
As the Director of Boys Town, a reputed technical training institute
for 9 years, Bro Jose had been instrumental in creating a self
sustaining production cum training centre.. He passed away on
September 18, 2005.
Dr Sunitha Krishnan has committed her life as
a fulltime volunteer in Prajwala. A mental health professional,
she has done extensive research and is essentially a field practitioner.
She has been instrumental in rescuing hundreds of children from
severely abusive conditions and restoring childhood to them. For
her efforts in anti-trafficking, she has been awarded the Stree
Shakthi Puraskar (National Award), Perdita Huston Human Rights
Award and the World Of Children Award.
The journey of Prajwala commenced
in 1996 with full conviction and faith in people’s participation
in the process of change. Although women were concerned about
children, they were not ready for partnership. Prajwala initially
had problems in convincing mothers to become partners and participate
in bringing about a change in their lives. But eventually they
got completely involved in supporting an intervention which would
help their children integrate in the mainstream society.
Prajwala faced the challenge of
responding to other related issues such as sex trafficking of
children, rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and community
Current Programmes at Prajwala
Second generation prevention of
children and women in prostitution through education.
Community-based prevention through
sensitisation of people in slums, villages, educational institutions
Mobilising men against demand for
Support in prosecution of traffickers.
From brothels/ red light area or
any place of sexual exploitation.
Interception at entry/ exit points.
Shelter homes for holistic psycho-social
Economic rehabilitation through
viable susatainable livelihood options.
Civic rehabilitation through partnership
with state government for restoration of identities.
Restoration of families.
Support for independent living.
Advocacy & Lobbying
Victim friendly policies at state
and national level policy.
Trafficking legislations through
Public Interest Litigation.
Sensitising communities through
Farheen Begum, joined Farhat School
in class VIII. She passed the VII standard in 2006-07. The Principal
noticed the enterprising nature of the girl who would participate
in all extra-curricular activities with great enthusiasm and often
she would design programmes for school cultural activities. At
the end of the year the girl proved to be a real achiever by becoming
a topper at the school in the annual exams. She was felicitated
at the Annual Day of the school with a certificate, cash prize
Eleven year old Ramu was a bright
student of Class III. After the Vinayak Chaturthi festival, he
stopped coming to the centre. The teachers made a visit to his
home where his mother informed that he had started going to work
as they needed additional income to run the household. Repeated
visits and information that forced child labour is a punishable
offense did not bring any results. Until one day, law enforcement
officials caught him selling trinkets in the market and took him
away. His parents were summoned for legal proceedings. The parents
then realised their mistake and with the intervention of the TC
in-charge, the child was released and is now regular to school.