Jabala Action Research Organization


The Staff and Residents at Jabala

Jabala works with the daughters of sex workers in the red-light districts of
Kolkata. They are requesting Shadhika’s support to launch a new after-
school program for girls ages 10- 24 in the Bowbazaar area of Kolkata – one
of the largest red light districts in the city. The after-school program is like
those we have been supporting through VACHA and CWDR containing
tutoring in English and computers, rights-based education, sex education,
arts activities, exposure visits outside of their community, and actions
within their community to make them more girl-friendly.

This first year of support will allow them to set up the center, recruiting
teachers and students, engaging the support of community stakeholders
critical to the program’s success, conducting a baseline needs assessment
of the program, and launching the curriculum. We expect to learn a lot
from this first year and to work closely with them to refine and deepen the
impact of their work – taking what we have learned from our varying
experiences with other sites to ensure maximum impact.

Shadhika’s support is helping prepare girls in red light areas
through holistic education & soft skills for leadership roles.