The Teenage Girls' Home
The Asha Girls' Centre (SEE).
In 2014 we opened our second residential children's centre, for girls aged 14-18 who want to return to school after being rescued from trafficking and being rejected by their family or community. The 'SEE' stands for the Skills, Education and Economic empowerment that our centre aims to give these girls.
Our research (Looking Towards Tomorrow: A Study on the Reintegration of Trafficking Survivors, 2012) shows that rescued girls entering low-grade employment face a difficult and often abusive future. Education to School Leaving Certificate (SLC) standard, along with support into meaningful employment through our Job Coordination Scheme, is the key to a truly self-sufficient future for these girls.
The residents study at a local learning centre that specialises in teaching both older students and those from abusive backgrounds.
Aside from formal education, activities at the Girls' Centre include counselling, therapeutic care (eg dance and motion therapy), healthcare and communal activities. Overseen by a full-time House Mother and a teacher to help with school work outside school hours, the girls run the home and look after themselves. The running costs and much of the education costs for the SEE Centre are kindly funded by The Gentle Rain Foundation, HRest and Global Fund for Children.