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One India | Season 2: Destiny Foundation, Rehabilitating And Empowering The Survivors Of Trafficking

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

‘Facebook presents One India’ is a series which showcases stories of ordinary people coming together to impact the lives of many for the better. The Season 2 of One India revolves around the spirit of change and revolutionizing things using technology. This season is all about the stories that will reach and empower the communities.

The third episode shows how Destiny Foundation, an Indian based NGO that works to end human trafficking and slavery, has helped more than 400 women. Firstly, by rescuing them from human trafficking and secondly by giving them a purpose to live by. This Kolkata based NGO has been home as well as an inspiration to many women who have been victims of human trafficking. Co-Founded by Smarita Sengupta and Rebecca Bavinger, this foundation was started with financial contributions from The Emancipation Network (TEN) and the Clayton family. The Emancipation Network (TEN) is an American-based organization that fights human trafficking with employment and empowerment.

Destiny Foundation is not only a working place for women but is also their family. Destiny women's group comprises of 15 full time employees making fashion accessories like scarves, wallets, bags and selling internatioanlly by going online and using social media technology to get connected to other parts of the world and have a global reach. Communication played an integral part in the organization's international success. The main aim of this NGO is to try and stop human trafficking in the district of Sundarbans, West Bengal and to make employees overcome their situation and become self-sufficient.

“We work with the most vulnerable among the vulnerable. So, they are mostly survivors of human trafficking and most of them have been rescued from the brothels or from sexual exploitation. So, when I saw that nothing was happening, there’s just a big vacuum, like what happens to these girls, after when they exit the shelter homes? First thing which bothered me was the limited economic opportunities available for these girls and a long-time sustainable solution connecting three things – Training, employment, a place to stay together, to empower them.” - Smarita Sengupta (Founder & CEO, Destiny Foundation)

In this episode, our panel of experts discuss not only about rescuing girls or saving them from sexual trafficking but also about empowering them to furnish the economic growth of India. The panelists also talk about influencing the young minds to use digital platforms to scale up the economy. Moreover they also give importance to the fact that these survivors should be treated as humans who are entitled to be a part of the society.

The panel comprised of Smarita Sengupta (Founder & CEO, Destiny Foundation), Swati Maliwal (Chairperson- Delhi Commission for Women), Rosanna Lyngdoh (Board Member – Impulse NGO Network), Dr. V.S. Elizabeth (Professor – National Law School of India University) and the discussion was moderated by Shivani Gupta (Associate Editor – Republic TV).

Watch the full episode of Destiny Foundation to know more about their work and how they managed to change the lives of other women.