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Stories from India

Laxmi’s Story
“I should be thankful for you, you changed my life, now I can provide for my kids!” Laxmi was considered a normal participant in society until an unexpected tragedy changed her entire life. Laxmi’s husband passed five years ago, leaving her trapped in one of the most dreaded situations among women in India, living as a widow. In India, widows are subject to harsh treatment and brutal societal beliefs. A widow is sometimes called "pram" or creature, because it was only her husband's presence that gave her human status. They are often blamed for their husband’s death and considered unclean and unlucky, so Laxmi could not receive any invitation to rituals, celebrations, or social gatherings. The culture of her village forces her to be in mourning the rest of her life; she is prohibited from wearing any fancy jewelry and expected to follow a strict diet rejecting many pleasurable foods. The shame she receives from her community leaves her trapped inside her house and the lack of education leaves her with no opportunity to provide food for her three children. Hopeless and living in despair, she fell into the same mentality of widows all over India. Several of which can be caught saying, "I want nothing more now from life. I'm just waiting for death." Many widows like her in India revert to begging or prostitution to make a meager living. Some widows will even sell their children or sell their daughters in prostitution to survive. ... More
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The Mumbai Project

It is known as the “City of Dreams,” but for many Mumbai is the place where their dreams were shattered at the hands of an individual who exploited those dreams for a profit. Many women and young girls agree to leave their families and homes for the dream of a “better life” in Mumbai, only to find themselves at the mercy of traffickers and brothel owners in one of the city’s infamous red light districts.

Mumbai is a major destination city for human trafficking, with a large population of women and girls from Bangladesh and Nepal, as well as every corner of India. Far from family and friends, most of these women don’t know where to turn or who to trust, and remain trapped in the brothels of Mumbai until it is too late.
 
 Rahab’s Rope began working in Mumbai in January of 2011. One of our full-time staff members moved to Mumbai from Bangalore and began building relationships with the women in two different red light areas as well and focused on forming partnerships with other anti-trafficking organizations. Through faithful prayer, hard work and dedication, she laid a foundation on which the ministry could continue to grow.

Visit our  Mumbai Project page to learn more about what we do.

Volunteer Blog
We have an extensive team of short term volunteers that we depend on to help carry out our mission. Click HERE to learn about the experiences of some of these volunteers....
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