Save Our Sisters
Save the Children India is a non-profit organization that aims to make India a child-friendly nation. It was founded by the late Mrs. Vipula Kadri, who also has laid the foundation of sister organizations like Pride India and Wise. These organizations, under the able leadership and enterprising attitude of their visionary founder, have spearheaded several projects in western India, primarily Maharashtra. Gradually, the endeavours and initiatives were expanded over time to encompass different parts of the country. Her untiring efforts have bore fruit in relieving the poor and marginalized of our country from their many hardships. Though she expired in 2007, her life was dedicated to bring about the betterment of underprivileged children, destitute women, victims of natural disasters. She also held appointments to various prestigious posts such as the Patron of SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, Member of the Board of Studies in SVT College of Science, Mumbai, and Member of Maharashtra State Social Welfare Board. The recipient of several awards, she dedicated a major part of her life for the upliftment of downtrodden individuals and to enable them to lead more dignified lives.
Save Our Sisters (SOS) is an initiative of this mother organization. Its chief mission is to work against commercial sexual exploitation, preventing the trafficking of young girls and women. It has launched a programme called The Sahas Kendra Livelihood Programme for the victims of trafficking, so as to restore to them a normal, healthy life through non-formal literacy life skills education, and counselling. To increase their prospects of employment and other opportunities to generate income, it also provides vocational training. Once the rehabilitation process is complete, the women are sent back to their hometowns to start afresh with their lives.
It works for women empowerment in the city of Mumbai, especially in its slum communities, where women face several challenges. Classes are held for such women for a combination of life skills, literacy and vocational training so that they become self-sufficient and independent enough to earn for their families, and thus, have a better life. What’s more, amongst such women who have received vocational training from this organization, some have been selected for a Personality Development program which is conducted by the Kotak Education Foundation. On the completion of this programme, these women will be entitled to job placement assistance.
This organization has been the winner of the ‘Best NGO’ award conferred by The Institute of Public Enterprise, the ‘India NGO Awards 2011’ instituted by The Resource Alliance and funded by The Rockfeller Foundation. It also holds acclaim for being the second highest fundraising NGO at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2013. Thus, even after the death of its founder, its Board of Trustees and all the volunteers who are part of this noble attempt, have not let her vision be dampened; rather, they are striving relentlessly to accomplish her dream of ensuring a healthy life for socially and economically backward women and children.