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LightHouse Report: March 2020
Women’s meeting on the eve of International Women’s Day 8th March 2020: As part of our Safe Village Initiative we had a women’s meeting at in one of our survivors village in Jalpaiguri for formation of a women’s club.
The objective to form this club is to give a safe platform to the underprivileged women in the village where they are unaware of their basic rights, some are victims of domestic violence without any form of trainings to self-sustain and be self-reliant.
We had with us Dr Sanjukta Moitra who is a professor of the University of North Bengal and Centre for Child Rights as the chief guest who spoke to the women about Women’s rights and how there are government mechanisms in place to help women in distress in a India.
Bunu spoke about the significance of Women’s Day and what it is to live purpose driven life centric to God. As a team we have been praying for these communities of marginalised women who surely have a special place in God’s heart who desires the poorest of poor to thrive and live a life of choices and opportunities.
This is Smita (name changed) who is a survivor of human trafficking also working as one of our tailoring unit trainer and community level worker in a Jalpaiguri District village has been reporting to us with various cases of exploitation and under-representation of women. We also see this as a great opportunity to reach out to the women both in the social community interventions with spiritual mentorship. We will be trying innovative ways empowering them to connect with the resources available around them, benefits they can get through various government schemes, free legal aid that is already in place for the poor and marginalised as there are cases of domestic violence resulting from alcoholism in this area.
Enrolling new batch for the tailoring training:
We already have request for new membership for new batch of tailoring training but due to the country Coronavirus lock down we had to delay the enrolment process. Our tailoring unit is closed for the lockdown now and we have asked Pooja to stay in her village for the same.
Reusable handmade masks made by survivors and at risk women:
Smita our community level worker and team member is back and safe in her village. We are in touch with her via phone conversations where we are guiding and supporting Smita with resources to make handmade reusable masks for distribution in her own community as she is unable to travel due to the lockdown. We have made online transfer of Smita’ssalary during this crisis situation as we cannot make field visits at the moment and we are continuing to pray for her and her family & community’s safety and protection.
We have made online transfer of Smita’ssalary during this crisis situation as we cannot make field visits at the moment and we are continuing to pray for her and her family & community’s safety and protection.
Making these masks will help us distribute among the poor and marginalised who cannot afford to purchase mask at this global crisis. Besides the free distribution of masks we are planning to sale these handmade reusable masks to anyone who want to purchase and want to support the cause as part of the profit from selling these masks will be giving to the survivors and the at risk women who are engaged in making these masks. During this times of uncertainty and global crisis we want to set an example of Jesus by standing with those that are marginalised those poor the needy the uncared for. We as a team want to truly be a salt and light in the world that needs more kindness now than ever.
Follow up on the three survivor’s treatment plan, their college admission, exams, or a part time job placement:
Priya (name changed) was travelling to Jalpaiguri regularly for her 11th standard final examination but now due to the lockdown her remaining exams have been postponed. Both Dipa and Riya (Name changed) have completed their training and have been safe with us at our centre.
Bunu has been keeping in touch the girls encouraging and praying with them during this difficult time of lockdown. Since the lockdown Bunu and Vikrant have availed of all necessary toiletries and everyday needful things for the girls during the lockdown.
On Good Friday we had a small fellowship keeping praying together for our nation and all nations of the world as a family. It is truly remarkable to see how the girls are growing in their personal faith. We are thrilled to see how God uses the girls to be true testimony for many others like them to truly be an epitome beauty for ashes.
First Women’s Club meeting in Dhamgunj:
The first women’s club meeting was held with good numbers of members turning up. Smita’s was present for the meeting. Initial formalities were made and discussed in the meeting.
Participation on National Conclave on Combating Human Trafficking held in Siliguri:
Bunu had the opportunity to present a paper on Rehabilitation of survivors of human trafficking during the conclave and share about the work light house has been doing. It was indeed a humbling experience to share about our work and participate with other leading organisations/Ngos and other civil society stakeholders.
Bunu was also invited as the guest speaker at Donbosco Techinical Centre (where our girls are getting vocational training) for Women’s Day celebration.
Bunu as a chief speaker at the two day Himalayan Women Prayer Conference for women from India, Nepal & Bhutan:
Bunu (Smarin ) who is spearheading Light House Anti human trafficking projects have also been sharing her testimony healing from breast cancer and encouraging those that need the special touch of Jesus in their lives across various churches in and around Siliguri.
We truly believe that God has called us to use our individual gifts as faithful
Stewards of God’s grace. And we are convicted that through our Christ centric approach we can impact lives around us more powerfully than just physical restoration.