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.  Shadhika’s support will launch a new after-school program for girls age 10- 24 in the Bowbazaar area of Kolkata – one of the largest red light districts in the city. The after-school program will consist of 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.

Our first year of support will allow Jabala to set up the center, recruit teachers and students, engage the support of community stakeholders critical to the program’s success, conduct a baseline needs assessment of the program, and launch the curriculum. We expect to learn a lot from this first year and to work closely with the staff at Jabala 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.