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The WMF Kolkata community partners with local organizations to provide economic opportunity and wholistic restoration for women who are vulnerable ...
The WMF Kolkata community partners with local organizations to provide economic opportunity and wholistic restoration for women who are vulnerable to sex trafficking and to women who are exiting the commercial sex trade (through self-rescue) so that they can find freedom and a new life.
WMF Kolkata has been called to serve among those who have been sexually exploited. We work to see the freedom and restoration of Kolkata’s red-light areas through dignifying relationship with persons affected by the sex trade.Sari Bari
WMF partners with Sari Bari Private Limited and the Sari Bari Trust.
Sari Bari Pvt. Ltd. provides employment to women exiting the sex trade and to young women who are vulnerable to human trafficking.
The Sari Bari Trust offers wholistic support to Sari Bari employees through school support, HIV/AIDS support, medical advocacy, mental health support, and literacy training programs. Additionally, the Sari Bari Trust serves the needs of the local red-light community.
To learn more about Sari Bari or to purchase products, please visit saribari.com.
Be a Partner for Freedom
Taking a job with Sari Bari, a WMF partner, is the first step of freedom for women exiting the commercial sex trade or who are vulnerable to exploitation or trafficking. At Sari Bari, we firmly believe in partnering and journeying with women as they continue to take courageous steps towards fullness of freedom and wholeness.
Through sponsorship* of various healthcare and educational programs, you too can be a Partner for Freedom – you can be a part of ensuring the women of Sari Bari have greater access to healthcare and education by becoming a sponsor in our Training Support Program, School Benefit Program, Well Woman Checkup Program, and HIV/AIDS Support Program.
Sari Bari Training
Each new employee at Sari Bari goes through a six-month training period before they begin full-time work. During this time, the women learn to sew and receive valuable life skills that empower them to transition out of the sex trade. Each day of this crucial period of time involves many steps toward new life.
Training sponsorships cover costs for: a monthly stipend during training period; sewing classes and materials; literacy and numerical literacy training; life skills education including nutrition, budgeting, etc.; mental health support groups; play therapy; a full medical check-up; eye exam and glasses if needed; celebrations to mark significant achievements; graduation gift.
School Benefit Program
The women of Sari Bari have incredible dreams for their children, and Sari Bari is passionate about partnering with its employees to ensure brighter futures for their children. Any employee can enroll in this program by contributing 24% of their child’s annual expenses while Sari Bari contributes 76% of the annual expenses.
Sari Bari currently has 67 children enrolled in the School Benefit Program.
School Benefit Partnership:
School Benefit Sponsorships cover costs for: admission fees, boarding fees, tuition, textbooks, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, schoolbags, and umbrellas.
Well Woman Checkup
All employees of Sari Bari have medical coverage through health insurance, but in order to also ensure the woman can secure preventative care, Sari Bari provides Well Woman Checkups – a comprehensive health screening – for each woman upon completion of training and every other year thereafter for as long as she works at Sari Bari. Through these preventative screenings, we have been able to identify and respond to healthcare needs ranging from blood pressure, cholesterol, STD’s, HIV and Cancer.
Well Woman Checkup Partnership:
Well Woman Checkup Sponsorships cover costs for:
HIV/AIDS Supplemental Support
All of the women at Sari Bari with HIV/AIDS were identified through our Well Woman Checkup Program. They receive their primary medical care through the government of India and secondary care through Sari Bari’s Medical Insurance program. Sari Bari provides ongoing emotional and financial support to employees with HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS Support Sponsorships cover costs for: medical tests not covered by insurance, nutrional support, financial supplement for missed time at work, a monthly regimen of vitamins.