India is a country of extremes: on the one hand, a regional power with enormous economic growth, on the other hand, the country is suffering from unimaginable poverty - it is the country with the highest number of people in poverty.

Particularly affected are population groups that have always been excluded and marginalised, so-called "Dalits" ("untouchables"). Together with our partner organisations, we stand up for the rights of disadvantaged population groups and support people in organising themselves and improving their food situation through organic farming.

South Asia • India

New perspectives for the residents in the red light district of Kolkata

Bowbazaar is one of the oldest and largest red light districts in the metropolis of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. Here we work with our partner organisation South Kolkata Hamari Muskan, SKHM for short. The project aims to reduce gender-based violence and offers women the opportunity to go to a “Safe Space”. In addition, we provide health care and education and show the residents alternative employment opportunities.

South Asia • India

Utthan - a collective of survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation

In Kolkata and District 24 Parganas North in West Bengal, India, we work with the partner organisation Sanjog (Bangla for "connection"). The project is about the establishment of a collective and self-help groups by and for survivors of human trafficking.

South Asia • India

Human trafficking and trauma - a way out through dance and movement therapy

In the foothills of the metropolis of Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal, AWO International works with the partner organization Kolkata Sanved against human trafficking. The project focuses on healing and empowering affected and disadvantaged women and girls through the medium of dance and movement therapy.


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