måndag 17 augusti 2015

Cocktail Charity Party

On the 14th of August a Cocktail Charity Party were held at Mövenpick Hotel, to benefit victims of sex trafficking at the NGO Vidyaranya's shelter for victims of sex trafficking.

As the initiative taker and hostess I opened up the event and gave a speech about human trafficking. In India there are millions of trafficking victims, and it is estimated that there are about 1.2 million child sex slaves in the country. Karnataka has reported the third highest number of human trafficking cases in the country (during 2009-2012). These numbers however includes all victims, not only sex trafficking victims. Bangalore seems to be both a supply, transit and destination area for trafficking. Traffickers includes school teachers, local leaders, family members, the police, and so on. Girls are being kidnapped, sold, drugged, raped and exposed to diseases. Many of them believe that there is no hope - but there is. Thanks to organizations, such as Vidyaranya, victims of sex trafficking can get adequate help, physically as well as psycho-socially.

A very brave former victim shared her story with us
At the event a former victim of sex trafficking Ms. Shilpa also gave a speech. She was very brave and shared her story with us. Even though Shilpa was 2 months pregnant at the time she was taken and sold to a brothel in Mumbai. Luckily she was rescued and rehabilitated by Vidyaranya. Today she, and her 5-year old daughter, lives at the Ujjawala shelter. She is also working as a social worker at the shelter.

Mr. M.C. Ramesh, Vidyaranya
The Founder and Director of Vidyaranya, Mr. M.C. Ramesh also gave a speech. So did Ms. Rajikala. A special thanks goes out to Mövenpick Hotel (and especially to Rahul) for their generous cooperation.

Thanks Katie Forsman @ Pie Design
A special thanks also to our sponsors Pie Design and Lotus Vibe. And also, thanks to INDPRO for their CSR-contribution. Last but not least, thanks to all of you who came and showed your support, and also for buying tickets, as half of the ticket fee went directly to the shelter.

In total, we managed to raise about 88 000 INR, and it seemed as though guest were enjoying themselves, as well as the food and cocktails. Mövenpick had been very generous since it was not only finger-food but actually a whole buffee dinner set up for us. It was a shame though that the invitations from SCCI did not make it out in time, but hopefully more people will attend next charity party.

Me and some INDPRO-staff
Bags sponsored by Lotus Vibe

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