This project works with runaway and trafficked young women who arrive in Mumbai in their dozens on a daily basis. Reasons for leaving home are varied. Some are running away from neglect and abuse, some are in danger of being trafficked or forced into marriage, others simply want to escape from the discrimination they face. The project provides education, legal aid and health advice and the young women take part in gender workshops, go on camps and play outdoor games.
In Mumbai there are no state or community facilities for this marginalised and vulnerable group. One of the major issues the runaway adolescent girls are facing is rejection by their families. As a result they have no support, they become stigmatized and they find it hard to reintegrate into society. The main aim of the project is to identify what the state can do to give these girls the information and tools they need to develop economically and socially.