To stop the vulnerable from being vulnerable again.
Lalita (Head Trainer)
This lady is a whiz on the sewing machine! With her “everything is possible” attitude, Lalita has been instrumental in helping establish and create the foundations for what we do today. She is our leading vocational trainer, with a mission to see these young women reach their potential. One thing for sure we know she doesn’t like….Vegemite!
Krishna is the Mumma Bear around the place. With 3 children of her own, she knows how to take someone under her wing & provide a gentle touch. With a feisty side also, it’s this combo that gives her a passion to always do her best. Krishna works alongside Lalita in supporting and training the young women coming through. You could hug her all day!
Trafficked at 5 years old from Mumbai into Kolkata, Kashi was forced into domestic servitude before being sold into sexual exploitation. Rescued at 13, she is now thriving in our Training Centre & Midway Home. Kashi's passion is to educate people about Trafficking so that no one else goes through the trauma she has experienced. She also says that one day she's going to be the boss of Offspring!!
Forced into sexual exploitation at a private premises by her mother and stepfather, Mahi was rescued at the age of 15. Shy but determined, Mahi is the best sewer in the centre! She is amazing at helping lead the trainee group with confidence and enjoys teaching and training her juniors.
Tragically, Afreen lost both her parents at a very young age. Trapped in vulnerability, she was sold into sexual exploitation by a relative at the age of 16. Her strength and boldness helped her escape from her traffickers, where she returned home. This beautiful young lady is a pillar of strength, with a smile that is infectious and helps brighten up a dull day. Her mischievous attitude also brings us a lot of joy.
Growing up in an abusive and alcoholic home, Sheena ran away at the age of 9 years old. Experiencing horrific trauma, she was rescued by Child Line and has spent the majority of her life in a Government Shelter Home. At first, Sheena may seem quiet, but when you get her going, she’ll be busting moves to her favourite Bollywood music in no time.
Pinky grew up in a brothel witnessing her mother and sister in the trade. Being sexually exploited and also married off at a very young age, her smart wit and bravery helped her escape. Pinky takes pride in each Offspring product she makes and is certainly our fastest blanket stitcher. Although shy to speak in English, she has certainly been a standout in our English classes.
Running away from an abusive home at the age of 15, Hema found herself then mingling with the wrong crowd. Trafficked and forced into sexual exploitation, she felt betrayed and lonely. Rescued and now training with us, Hema is the loudest and liveliest of the bunch…loving any kind of healthy competition (sometimes maybe a bit too much!).
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