You are here: Home >> English News & Features >> Mumbai

Born again

DNMUM313354 | 8/15/2014 | Author : Meera Warrier | WC :434

Apne Aap—a home away from home for young girls in a forbidden town
dna downtown edition
Although it occupies just a few lanes in the humongous city of Mumbai, the mere mention of Kamathipura evokes varied feelings in people. And yet, for some it is just home. Apne Aap Women's Collective, an NGO, has been working with the community of women in prostitution to make living a bit easier for their daughters who play in the by-lanes of Kamathipura, susceptible to the same dangers that their mothers are subjected to.
Apne Aap operates from two locations—Kamathipura, where they have a school and a night shelter, and Falkland Road where they have a school only. As you walk up to the Pochamma Devi Temple in Kamathipura, you may still wonder about the location of the Apne Aap office. However, the bright pink entrance right opposite the temple and the excited squeals of the children within are landmarks enough.
For the girls who attend this school during the day and then return to spend the night at the shelter, the centre is literally a home away from home. Sheltered from the cruel life for at least a few hours of the day, the centre hopes to give these girls a solid education that will transport them to a life far away from the lanes of Kamathipura.
A few minutes spent in their classroom will have you forget yourself and the gruesome reality that these young ones leave behind when they step into the centre. Their excitement on receiving guests, singing rhymes and watching television is similar to what the rest of us experience. And it is this innocence that Apne Aap is hoping to retain and to build dreams on.
With a partner organisation operating under the same name in the United States, the team always requests patrons to support projects rather than donate a lump sum amount. This only makes it easier for the donors to monitor projects and evaluate results themselves via www.aawc.in.
The solid efforts of the team have seen a 100 per cent success rate in Apne Aap beneficiaries escaping the clutches of their past and stepping into a bright future. A chef in a five-star hotel, an engineer and several computer programmers—the girls have found their own space in the world outside Kamathipura.
Ashika Pohoomul Mehta, President, Apne Aap Women's Collective, says, "AAWC continues to inspire and humble me. Despite the horrific circumstances our beneficiaries are exposed to, they are optimistic and are able to actualise their dreams of becoming professionals who are financially stable enough to rescue their families from the vicious cycle of trafficking. AAWC gives them the opportunity and they seize it."

Copyright restricted. Under license from www.dnasyndication.com
Add To Lightbox
Calculate Price

More on Mumbai

DCPR 2034 likely to reduce cost of construction in city
DNMUM426396 | 11/19/2018 12:00:00 AM | Author : Varun Singh | WC :300

Housing experts say that the newly released Development Control and Promotion Regulations 2034 (DCPR 2034) will reduce the total project of constructing a building by five to six per cent. However, they aren’t sure whether this benefit will be passed
Add To LightboxCalculate Price

BMC sets Nov 30 deadline to decide on hawking pitches
DNMUM426397 | 11/19/2018 12:00:00 AM | Author : Amit Srivastava | WC :336

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set a deadline of November 30 to complete hawking pitches, and send it to the town vending committee (TVC) for approval. Senior civic officials have already asked wards to start marking pitches soon af
Add To LightboxCalculate Price

Experts say decentralisation is the key
DNMUM426398 | 11/19/2018 12:00:00 AM | Author : DNA Correspondent | WC :288

Decentralization of waste process and segregation at the source are the best practices to reduce the burden of solid waste, suggests the experts. is also crucial.
Municipal solid waste can be divided into wet and dry waste. In Mumbai, solid was
Add To LightboxCalculate Price

Court slams ACB for MHADA officer’s arrest
DNMUM426399 | 11/19/2018 12:00:00 AM | Author : Pranali Lotlikar Chindarkar | WC :223

The special Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court has pulled up the agency for randomly naming a person as an accused, who is a MHADA servant, in an alleged bribery case and had sought his custody, without his name been mentioned in the FIR.
The co
Add To LightboxCalculate Price