For the Community

Combating prostitution

After a survey conducted in 2003 it was decided to base most of the charity's schools in the villages of the Nat and Kanjer communities near Alwar. These communities used to be respected court entertainers employed by the Maharajas and other royalty before the British Raj was established.

Now it is traditional for the young girls to be sent as prostitutes to the large cities of India and the Middle East; the boys become pimps. This may sound shocking but it is important not to make moral judgments about a community which has come to accept this as normal. The villagers are proud, hardworking and dignified people who are deserving of our respect and support.

Our purpose is to help break the pattern of exploitation by giving the children education so that the young women and men become aware of alternative choices in their lives. We also provide basic medical facilities, particularly to the women who run a high risk of becoming infected and spreading the AIDS virus.

These changes are a slow process; such long-established traditions do not change overnight. But much progress has been made already.

Press Reports

A press article about the Nirvanavan Foundation's work "A new hope for India’s girls born into prostitution" was published recently by Australian journalist Lauren Farrow. This article was also published by Deutsche Welle and Asia Calling.

A separate article by American journalist Angela Longerbeam was published in 2010. Both these articles provide further insight into the work that the charity is undertaking.

Helping the community

Local people with health problems are often unable to fund their own medical treatment and may need to seek assistance from the charity. Recently we gave financial support to a child with cancer whose parents could not afford the medical fees. In another case we helped to pay the hospital fees of a parent of one of the charity’s workers.

In other instances assistance is given to the local community in a diverse number of ways. This can range from helping with a daughter’s wedding expenses to holding an annual exhibition of drawings from the Art Mela for World Peace.