From 2011 to 2014, KEEP partnered with Apne Aap (“self help” in Hindi), a non-profit dedicated to ending sex trafficking in India. Working with rural girls at risk of being sold into brothels, and in the red-light districts with victims and their children, Apne Aap enables “women and girls to form small self-empowerment groups that help them rescue themselves and transform their communities”.
KEEP committed to raise $10,800 per year to fund “Kishori Mandals” (girls’ groups) where girls went for tutoring, English language instruction, non-formal education (including sewing, karate, nutrition workshops, self-advocacy and life skills classes) and medical care.
KEEP also began an email penpal program between local girls and those in India. The letters not only allowed the girls in India to practice their English and gain a broader global perspective, but we made sure they knew we cared about them and their future.
In partnership with Apne Aap, KEEP has supported 130-160 girls annually in three different community centers in rural India. Girls whose mothers were forced into prostitution or child marriage are passing entrance exams and attending college. Real change has occurred thanks to the donations of KEEP’s supporters.