“Surakshita” – A Home for Women in Distress

14 April 2020

“Surakshita”, is the name of the Home for Women in Distress – a project of PARA supported by Don Bosco Mondo, Germany. The word signifies Care, Protection and Safety. The home was officially blessed and inaugurated on 16th August, 2014.

Sex trafficking in women and children is one of the fastest growing activities in Andhra Pradesh and particularly in East Godavari District. PARA is located at Ravulapalem in East Godavari District had to respond and take care of these girls and women.

PARA has engaged to collaborate with MISSIONARY SISTERS OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS, to take the responsibility of the administration of the Home for Women in Distress especially for the trafficked women and children. Sr. Sangeeta, the Project Manager manages the office and field (Counseling, Home Placements, Fact Findings, Legal Issues of Women and Girls along with one staff).  Sr. Arokia Mary, the Warden sees the needs of the inmates (Material, Human, Health, Spiritual and Psychological needs).

To date, 54 inmates enrolled in the Home. Of these 8 have been admitted to different homes like Chiguru (Vizayawada), Home for Disabled (Hyderabad), St. Alphonsa Karunalayam (Hyderabad) and Mayor Home (Pune). 33 of them we have home placed, three deliveries have taken place and at present we have 13 of them with us. From them 2 are babies. 10 of them are learning Tailoring and Embroidery Work, Flower making, Drawing and Painting and Computer. We helped all the inmates to get Adhar Card and Birth Certificate. 5 of them are preparing to appear Open Tenth Exam. Every inmate is provided counseling once in a month. On 13th November Mrs. Tripurana Venkatratnam, State Women Commission Chairperson came to visit our home. On that day we have given complaints of our 5 inmates to her which are pending long time. Now she made officials to enquiry the cases and settled 3cases and 2 are in the process.

It is a great venture which PARA initiated to help the women in distress. We are very happy and feel fortunate to join hands with PARA in the effort to stand up with these less fortunate women, especially the women survivors of trafficking.