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Milika, means a warm and shy smile full of innocence and liveliness in the red light area that Purnata works in Mumbai. But unfortunately her life didn’t have much light. She has had long bouts of absence from school due to the lack of finances at home. Her mother a lady working in the area took a long time to convince, to send her daughter to school.

But a few months down the line her mother pulled her out again due to inability to pay fees. Excuse after excuse came from the mother, anything to keep her daughter from school....

On March 8th, ‘Women’ were celebrated worldwide.

At Purnata we celebrated the women we work with who have broken dreams, a sense of worthlessness and shunned by society.

We want to thank all who believed in the vision of Purnata and has believed in the love and strength of this community. We hope to provide better life for these survivors through your help.

Special thanks to Ketto.org and Humans of Bombay for reaching out and creating an opportunity to partner in building the many precious lives trapped in Mumbai’s sex trade.

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Greetings from Purnata’s desk…

Week before last was very busy. Trainings, Planning’s and Board meetings. From Sunday to Saturday our days and times were packed. Yet they were fruitful times of reflection, brainstorming, praying and looking forward with hope. Thank you, Dr. K O John, for leading us in three days of a Life Revision Seminar. It was deep, intense and life changing. Thank you, Board members who came from, far & wide – all the way from Dubai, Bhubaneshwar and Pune!

We have been always experiencing God’s faithfulness when it comes to finances. More so as last two...

It’s now the beginning of a new year. It’s also, about two months since my first visit to the US. It was a visit of about 25 days and 7 cities a fruitful visit in many ways and another learning phase in my life. I made about 100 contacts and engaged with about 3 churches by sharing a message challenging them for Integral Mission or about Purnata.

New Years are good times to Introspect, to look back thank God for what He has accomplished through us and leave behind some things for other things. It’s also a good time to...

Radio One Interview

Richa Chadda, a Bollywood star is helping us to raise funds through her campaign “A Bungalow on the Hill”. The campaign would help Purnata to lease a building in the western suburbs of Mumbai to rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking.

As a support to this campaign, Radio One featured Aaboo Varghese - Founder & Executive Director of Purnata in the morning show “Good Morning Mumbai” with Hrishi K. Listen to the recorded version of the show in the video included below.

In the interview, Aaboo shares about the work of Purnata, some of our experiences on...

Opportunistic Trafficking

What is it that makes human beings ruthlessly prey on the vulnerability of children, here caused through natural disaster? Is it the greed of man? Or is it that they themselves have been victims in some form of abuse? Or have they not seen compassion in their parents? What do you think? It has baffled me and breaks my heart to think that traffickers are prowling the ruins of a battered Nepal, prowling on children to traffic them.

It is estimated that the earthquake in Nepal has killed 8,000 and injured nearly 20,000 and worsens by the...

Where Do We Draw The Line?

Movies are all about different interpretations of love. Sometimes, even action movies are not spared. It just seems like, everyone is looking for love. We see so many stories often of girls who fell in love with a stranger, pin all their hopes and dreams on them, elope to marry and then end up in a life of misery and broken dreams.

Recently the Hollywood movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, broke box office records on a weekend that is traditionally supposed to celebrate love. The film is an adaptation of E L James’...

Its been an exciting journey over the last couple of months where we have seen a lot happen. The highlight ofcourse was the trip to Assam to help Divya meet her long lost family of 18 years. While the mission was extremely successful, it was also because we saw God prepare the way for us by having the right people in the right places at the right time. It was also our first experience doing live tweets of the program, step by step.

Reconciliation of a survivor of trafficking with her family after 18 years! This truly is a story...

Building Awareness

Purnata staff travelled extensively these last five months to conferences, schools, colleges, churches, events and seminars raising awareness about human trafficking, children/families at risk, especially our role in combating and stopping modern day slavery in our generation. We also use movies like One Life – NoPrice (UNODC production) among others to help raise awareness. We intend to use newspaper articles, blogs, social media, short promotional videos and trafficking response kits to continue this fight. Our goal is straightforward: flag this issue with as many influencers as possible, so they, in turn, can be advocates for those enslaved,...

A Vision Unfolding

Several people have asked me in the last few months what made me leave a safer and comfortable job to pursue what seems to be risky, less secure and less comfortable path. I have always answered them that what has given me boldness to take that step of faith is calling and vision from God.

Where are you headed to in life? What is your destiny? Where will you be in five years? Or ten, or twenty? No matter how much we plan or work towards it, no one can answer that question with certainty. But...