How the Model Works
The support model developed by Kshamata is known as the three-stage model; it provides a long-term, sustainable solution. Each girl being supported by Kshamata is unique and is treated as such, therefore there is no prescribed time limit on rehabilitation, typically the support process takes 15 – 18 months. Each girl helps to develop their customised programme based on their needs and preferences.
The overall ‘end game’ is to provide an environment where traumatised girls can re-build their lives and go on to be integrated into society in Mumbai and live a truly independent life, brimming with confidence and self-esteem. Young girls who have been supported by Kshamata have been employed in retail, banking, catering, policing and even a taxi driver and continue to enjoy freedom and empowerment.
“Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand” ~ Chinese Proverb
✓ Over 1200 girls have been engaged long-term in the Kshamata rehabilitation programme.
✓ More than 300 women now have sustainable livelihoods, supporting independent living for themselves.
✓ Over 350 girls have been taught English, increasing their job prospects and remuneration packages.
✓ Circa 175 girls have been trained in computer literacy.
✓ Over 100 women have been involved with income generation activities under the Kshamata’s in-house social enterprise, where they undertake the manufacturing of products, and are involved in sales and administration. They learn the full cycle of small business management - a useful, transferable skill.
✓ Kshamata has facilitated the return of circa 50 girls to their homeland of Bangladesh.
✓ Due to the nature of abuse, health care is provided, with regular checks and hospital referrals if necessary.