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Pune mayor promises funds to revamp shelter for children of commercial sex workers

The initiative by NGO Swadhar began in 1997 at Budhwar peth, with a vision to give children a better alternative future with holistic education and care.

pune Updated: Feb 02, 2018 17:03 IST
Ananya Barua and Shalaka Shinde
Mohor, celebrating its 20th anniversary, gives children better future with holistic education and care.
Mohor, celebrating its 20th anniversary, gives children better future with holistic education and care. (Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)

It is brilliant to watch these children grow and have a better life through the initiatives taken by SwadharInstitute for Development of Women and Children (IDWC) since the past few years, especially at their shelter home Mohor. Recognising all this, we will try and allocate a part of the local budget for development of the shelter and other facilities here,” said Mukta Tilak, mayor of Pune. She was speaking during the 20th anniversaryof Mohor, a 24-hour shelter and educational centre for children of commercial sex workers (CSWs).

The initiative byNGO Swadhar began in 1997 at Budhwar Peth, with a vision to give children a better alternative future with holistic education and care. From an educational centre and creche in 2005, it later evolved into a 24-hour shelter house in 2007.

“We have around 75 kids, from infants till 14 years of age. The idea was to bring them out of the brothels and streets and provide them with all the necessary tools of independence through education, especially girls,” saidSwadhar’s secretary, Sanjeevani Hingale.

The current issue ailing the centre, which the promised funds can solve, is that of toilets.“We have manyadolescent children at the centre, especially girls and adequate sanitary facilities is a must in that case. The current facility is that of two washrooms, one of which is common,” added Hingale. She said that with the funds the plan is to expand the career horizon of the children, as well as established specialised psycho-social support for the children at the centre.