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Introduction

Nichiren Daishonin (Buddhist philosopher) said “treating with kindness...those whose circumstances are inferior to one’s own” is one of the most significant virtues of human life.

‘I am Jabala – I’ve stepped out from the myths to be here and now. Here is my child Satyakam with no father to recognize him. It is not my child’s fault, nor is it mine. You demand that he be known as his father’s child. I dare every conscious soul to help my child wake up to the light of truth.’----

Jabala a Not for Profit organisation is formed out of social activism by Ms. Baitali Ganguly & Ms. Kusum Gupta when they observed the plight of the children of red light area during HIV/AIDs situational analysis and started its work in 1992 in Bowbazar Red Light area with 150 children of Commercial Sex Workers with an aim to prevent abuse & socially mainstream them by providing education, health and cultural support. Most of the children were unaware about their biological fathers, hence the organisation was named Jabala( a mythological unwed mother) and the projects as Satyakam( son of Jabala). Buoyed by the success of preventing second generation prostitution of the girls & boys becoming small time crooks the work spread to two other red light districts (Kalighat & Barrackpore) & slums (Pearabagan & Kalabagan). Based on surveys and researches later the work of Jabala extended to 09 districts of West Bengal focusing on the issue of Human Trafficking, HIV/AIDS, Child marriage, Child Abuse & Migration. Jabala is registered Society (Society Act Registration Number: S79239 1994-95)

Major Objectives:

  • To Empower girls; women & youth & promote gender equality to prevent Violence Against Women & Girls(VAWG) with special focus on Trafficking & Child Marriage
  • To provide quality Institutional care & support and case management services to survivors of violence
  • To Ensure Right To Education & Health of marginalized children by providing necessary support preventive and curative health services
  • To Challenge cultural, gender and religious norms and practices that increase children’s risk of exploitation and vulnerability of girls and women
  • To Train, educate and awareness-raising of community stakeholders to build a safety net for vulnerable children & women
  • To build strong network of likeminded organisations and exchange practices, values and act as platform for advocacy & lobbying

Approach in implementing your programs:

Jabala implements programs through a participatory approach involving the beneficiaries & community members respecting community’s contribution manifested in their knowledge, skills, and potential. The Implementation approach Jabala revolves round the four tenets of development:

  1. i) Identify

    ii) Provide Materials &Services

    iii) Build capacities iv)Empowerment

Jabala tries to address the identified problems and needs in three layers:

  1. a) Individual;

    b) Family;

    c) Community

Although Jabala understands & recognizes the basic needs & services to be met for the most vulnerable /underprivileged but believes that the individual capacity building must be in sync and balance with development of the families & communities through training, democratic processes, services and community building. This will create a strong sustainable & equipped community to safe guard themselves and protect their family’s interest. Communities will be further empowered to extend the reach to those round them and thus the circle of change for others can be sustained