Project Brief: The Asha Sadan is a residential school for the children of sex workers. Depending on their level, children receive bridge education or attend local government schools. Asha is funding the running costs of the home.
Project Type: Child Home (description)
Primary Focus: children of sex workers (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: San Francisco
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Brigitte Bogert
Project Partner(s): Rama Mohan NVS
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 2nd lane, Sujatha Nagar,Lawyer Pet Extension,,
Tel: (08592) 221209 / 281738
Stewarding Chapter: San Francisco
Mar 2009San FranciscoUSD 7325
Sep 2008San FranciscoUSD 7500

Total = $14825

Society for Help Entire Lower & Rural People (HELP) started ASHA SADAN in the year 1998, at Machavaram village, Prakasam district. Initially this project provided a safe shelter to the Children of Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation living in the prostitution localities of Chilakaluripet, Mangalagiri, Narasarao peta and Ongole. Later it was converted into a Residential School to cater to the educational needs of those children.

ASHA SADAN runs on five basic components: psychological healing, scholastic skills, bridge course & main stream education, overall personality development, partnership with mothers' committee.

Children initially receive bridge education, and after passing 7th grade exams, they attend local government schools. In addition, children participate in a wide variety of activities, such as sports, drama and art. Children live at the school for most of the year and receive free meals, medical care, and counseling.

Asha is providing funds for running the Asha Sadan for the year 2008-2009. Funds have been allocated for food, vocational training materials, staff and teacher salaries, admin, medical expenses, and school fees.
HELP aims to stop child prostitution, trafficking and second-generation prostitution. The organization promotes social justice and development while focusing on the long term social change goal within the context of organized prostitution in coastal AP.

HELP was formed by a group of professionals from various fields. The organization has its roots in the anti-liquor women's movement staged in the Nellore Dist. A.P. HELP has a mandate to empower vulnerable groups through organized efforts at all levels.

The Secretary of HELP, Ramamohan is a Journalist by profession and qualification. With 14 years of experience in the field of Journalism, Ramamohan has been exposed to various social and developmental issues.