In 1996, Rev Devaraj from Bombay Teen Challenge, took Danny Smith inside Mumbai’s red light district to reveal girls in danger of being sold into slavery – and a remarkable partnership was created to rescue Children at Risk.
Over the years, the work developed into a comprehensive and effective program to protect and care for trafficked, enslaved women and Children at Risk.
This life-changing rescue mission is breaking the chains of slavery and trafficking.
In partnership with Rev Deveraj, we embarked on one of our most challenging projects to date. Our first priority was to give Children at Risk a loving, secure home – and out of this, Jubilee Homes were born. And since 1996, they have been raised in a loving family environment, developing into fantastic young people with the determination to do well and to believe they can achieve anything in the future.
But providing a secure home is not enough. We are committed to giving continuing care for each child, and this means they must be educated and prepared for adult life and work.
Our objective is to make our new Academy a centre of excellence for all. Children will get one-to-one attention with individualised materials and can work at their own pace.
Some of our children need special attention because they have been affected by trauma or have had no previous education, and are unable to receive the help they need in regular schools.
Our new home has been completed and all the children have been moved safely. We started this mission with our partner Bombay Teen Challenge in 1996 and since then hundreds of children have been rescued from Mumbai’s red light district. We have made huge strides in the last 20 years, but there is more – much more – to be done.
Read about Jubilee Campaign’s India Project in ‘Shouting into the Silence’ by Danny Smith
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