At nine years old, Shanti was orphaned. Her grandmother and uncle sold her to their village temple where she was dedicated to a goddess, and became a devadasi, serving in the temple for five years. From there she was taken to Mumbai and sold into the red light district. At 14 years old, Shanti had no idea this was not normal. Forced into prostitution, she worked for 10 years in the red light district before she left for her hometown where she was married. Her husband did not earn enough money, so Shanti was forced to return to the red light district to earn money for survival. After a while, she stopped earning enough money, so the brothel manager slit her hand with a knife. For three days, she had no food and was sick. She was finally able to leave to get help for her injury. It was then that she met up with our team for her rescue. At 29 years old, Shanti is just learning to read and write. She is very new to our safe home, but is engaged in learning life skills and observing the opportunities before her. She is healing and happy now, enjoying true freedom for the first time in her life.
Some of our beneficiaries and staff in India attended an Adventure Camp this month. It was a week-long camp filled with activities. The camp was in a beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. Our girls had an amazing time filled with many opportunities to explore healing. They enjoyed arts and crafts, dancing and singing, outdoor games and activities (including zip-lining), water sports, team building activities, visited farm animals and just enjoyed the things we associate with a healthy childhood that each of these girls were robbed of experiencing at an early age. Your support of YouCanFreeUs Foundation helps provide these outings that foster healing. See the pictures below.
It is only through the generous giving of our donors and faithful support of monthly partners that we are able to rescue and provide for girls like Shanti, and the healing opportunities like Adventure Camp for the beneficiaries we serve at YouCanFreeUs. Thank you for giving so others might be free.