Kerala is trying to find its ground after the devastating floods left over 400 dead and lakhs of people displaced. A 20-member team of carpenters and welders, who are all survivors of sex trafficking, have been working in tandem with the local governing bodies to rebuild the state and make the houses habitable again. This certainly adds to the long list of heartwarming incidents from Kerala, which have reinforced our faith in humanity.
Trafficking survivors help in rebuilding Kerala
The group of women, who belong from Hyderabad-based antitrafficking NGO Prajwala, are skilled workers who have been trained in welding and carpentry. Sunitha Krishnan, co-founder of Prajwala on August 27 tweeted saying that the girls had left for Kerala to assist families in rebuilding their houses.
Finally this afternoon, our girls left for Kerala on their mission to assist families to repair and rebuild their houses. My heart swells with pride. Their generosity of spirit is both awe inspiring and reflective. Every such act of my girls aspires me to be a better person.
— sunitha krishnan (@sunita_krishnan) August 27, 2018
Ever since then, the women, clad in blue and gumboots, have been cleaning people’s houses, taking care of minor repairs as well as fixing doors and windows. Sunitha Krishnan, while talking to The Logical Indian said that all the women in the team are employed, however, they have excused themselves from their jobs to help those who are in need in Kerala. The team is going to continue with their efforts till mid-September, added Sunitha. Foregoing their own livelihood for a month, these women, who have learnt the trade during their time at Prajwala, are eager to help people who have lost their all, get back again on their feet.
Reportedly, Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development, a Kerala-based organisation which works on low-cost alternative housing was approached by Prajwala. The women have been working in Alappuzha as well as in Kuttanad. In a tweet on August 30, Sunitha said that the women had successfully cleaned 10 houses and a school in a span of just two days. Over the last 14 years, the NGO has trained 2000 survivors of sex trafficking, informed Sunitha.
These women have shown an exemplary act of generosity by choosing to volunteer for the flood-victims in Kerala. The Logical Indian community applauds the efforts of these women.