Snapshot
Aastha Parivaar
SECTOR: Women
SUB SECTOR: Sex Workers
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
Goal 5: Gender Equality
% Spent on beneficiaries
93%
Financial Score:
Age: 12 Years
Tax Benefit: 50%
Foreign donations:
Location(s): Maharashtra
Issues Addressed:
Preventing the spread of HIV through targeted interventions and education; Empowering sex workers to enter alternative forms of work; Facilitating a united and informed community of sex workers
Supported by:
Mumbai District Aids Control Society; Maharashtra State Aids Control Society; FHI 360; Crisil Foundation; Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development; etc.
Key Trustees:
Ms. Vaishali Bhalshankar, President Ms. Shabnam Shaikh, Vice President Ms. Sujata Gaikwad, Secretary Ms. Sangita Kamble, Joint Secretary
Recognition:
Sector Comparison:
Beneficiary Spend:
Average: 83.5% Highest: 98.7% Lowest: 52.8%
Income:
Average: Rs2 cr Highest: Rs10 cr Lowest: Rs1 lac
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Breaking the Cycle of Prostitution
  • Crisis: Due to lack of alternative career opportunities, many women turn to prostitution which eventually leads to increased HIV/AIDS transmission, violence and more. They experience discrimination and social stigmatization. It is an NGO of, by and for the sex workers. They envision a community of sex workers that are healthy, united, and empowered to independently manage their affairs.
  • Programs: 1) HIV Intervention: For preventing the spread of HIV through targeted interventions, accessible testing, and education; treatment and counselling services provided to PLHIV. 2) Alternative Livelihoods: For creating a self-sustaining method of income generation through vocational training and educational courses. 3) For Children: Education material, nutrition, and scholarships provided to help break the intergenerational cycle of prostitution. 4) Others: legal support, financial literacy and saving sessions, health camps.
  • Outcome: So far, 600+ sex workers have been trained with vocational skills, with many choosing to start their own small businesses. The NGO has led 13 Community Based Organizations with 15,000 sex workers as members of which nearly 9,900 are paid members. 22 children sent yearly on scholarships for mainstream education.
Income
Rs
2 cr
Expense
Rs
2 cr
Source : Audit Report 2019
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