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Salvage one girl’s future today

Salvage one girl’s future today

Would you rather your daughter become a doctor or a sex worker? The answer is pretty obvious. Unfortunately, for mothers living in the Banchara community of India, what they want for their daughters doesn’t always happen. Arthi’s mother wants her to follow her dream...
Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Most kids get excited when you ask what they want to be when they grow up. One week it’s a teacher. The next week it’s a police officer or a firefighter. Next month, it might be a scientist or a helicopter pilot. Regardless, they have big dreams as they think about...
Boys will be … set free

Boys will be … set free

There’s a saying that’s been tossed around for years — “Boys will be boys.” At its best, the saying is simply meant to joke about the mischief young boys can get into. But the growth of the #MeToo movement has highlighted a more negative side to this common phrase —...
Who is your Mina?

Who is your Mina?

I’ll never forget the day I met Mina. She arrived at the center the same week I did. I was spending a semester in South Asia, working with a program dedicated to helping girls get off the streets and acquire the education and access to vocational training they needed....
Give a little girl someone to look up to

Give a little girl someone to look up to

As Hamsika visits the Banchara village where she grew up, all the little girls stop and watch her. Her head is held high, and her steps are sure. She is different from the others — she has gone further in school than any girl in this impoverished village. Hamsika,...
Children shouldn’t be for sale

Children shouldn’t be for sale

When you think of human trafficking, you may think of girls locked in a shady hotel room or being transported in a dark, dingy tractor-trailer. But many of those working in the booming sex industries of Thailand and India are trapped in an invisible cage — a life...
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