HER STORY

1987-1989 – Sanlaap was formed and registered under the Societies Registration Act’1860.

1989 – Conducted a study of sexually abused girl children in the red light areas of Kolkata, South and North 24 Paraganas supported by NORAD.

1992 – First Drop in Center started at Landsdowne. # Drop in centers started at Kalighat (inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police).

1993 – Sneha, the first shelter home (Short stay) started. # Srijoni ­ Vocational training and Income generation program initiated at Sanlaap.

 1995 – Bagerhat Eviction ­ was stopped with a court stay order obtained by the efforts of Sanlaap and eviction of women and children from the red light area was stopped. # Sanlaap’s Documentation Unit (in its present form) was set up.

Sanlaap was notified under the Juvenile Justice Act to restore, repatriate and rehabilitate victims of trafficking. # Entry into Government run homes to extend SANLAAP’s services beginning with educational support.

1996 – A structured Mental Health Intervention Program for the trafficked persons was initiated. # Legal Aid department Salah was initiated to provide legal assistance.

1997 – First Issue of JONAKI, Sanlaap’s English Newsletter was published.

First performance of SANVED was organized. # National Award for Child Welfare from the President of India was received.

1998 –  Sanlaap was given the responsibility of initiating the Integrated Child Development Scheme programmes in the Red light areas of Kolkata.

Campaign and Advocacy department i.e Sahayog was setup.

1999 – First Child Protection unit was set up in Madhusudanpur, 24 Parganas South. # Youth Program was initiated in the red light areas and in the shelter homes.

2000 – SANVED, a platform for art and advocacy was born. # Best Women’s Organization was conferred by the National Commission for Women. # Biggest shelter home of Sanlaap was set up at Narendrapur.

2001 – Began informally working with the Panchayats.

2002 – Sundar ­ Support Group of Women in Prostitution was formed.

Sensitisation of Block Development Officers was initiated. # Setting up of a Working Girls hostel was completed.

2003 – Indrani Sinha was invited by UNMIK to set up systems for addressing the issue of trafficking in Kosovo.

Swadhar ­pilot project was started.

Sensitisation of District Administration and Training of local Community based organisations and NGOs based in the districts of West Bengal was initiated.

2004 – Started working with 27 Community based organistions in nine districts of West Bengal as a part of our Campaign program. # Set up ‘Samvav’ – a centre for young adults from the different red light areas. # Sanlaap started involving youth volunteers from other countries. # Sanlaap participated in London and Wales as a part of Christian Aid’s initiative. # Sanved performed at International Dance Therapy Conference in the USA.

2005 – SANLAAP has been able to successfully initiate and implement the Child Protection (CP) Programme in the 9 Districts of West Bengal. # Currently there are 87 CP Units reaching out to as many as 2,700 children, who are vulnerable to Trafficking and CSEC.

Through an interesting development, under the Economic Reintegration of Survivors of Trafficking Programme, SANLAAP has forged MoUswith different CorporateHouses and Nationalized Banks. Through these, several of our Youth Members (beneficiaries) have been linked to livelihood options and have got substantial earning.

Sanlaap published its second Training Manual with support from UNDP (the first one was on Child-friendly Policing with support from ECPAT in 2001). This manual covers the issues of Gender, Sex and Sexuality, HIV/AIDS, Migration and Trafficking.

Sanlaap is recognized as a competent Training Institution and is doing regular training programs for the Police training Academy, Judges Training College, the Border Security Force and for ICDS Anganwadi workers and CDPO’s. # It is a matter of great pride that an NGO i.e; Sanlaap has been accepted at all these Government Institutions (and Mechanisms) as a specialized organization impairing training on the above mentioned issues.

  • As many as 100 Youth Group Members have been trained as Peer Supporters and Youth Advocates. This forms a Core Group of Youth Activities that Sanlaap is working with.
  • Another innovative program that has been initiated this year is the Bridges Project in partnership with ICFAI Management School. Through this program 8 of our Youth Members have graduated in the first batch of 2005.

2006 – Sanlaap started its first formal school in October 2006. # A unique venture and the first of its kind globally.

614 police officers were trained on Trafficking and Child Protection issues from the districts of Darjeeling and Kolkata.

YOU(TH) SPEAK: a youth led advocacy platform was created, where 100 youth delegates from the marginalized sections from across India prepared and later presented their recommendations on core issues of Education, Protection, Development and Participation before policy makers and bureaucrats.

3 transit Homes have been setup by Sanlaap in partnership with district based partner organizations in South 24 Paraganas, Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri for vulnerable girl children, with support from Sanlaap. # Around 226 children are enrolled in formal education classes where 1000 odd students are pursuing Non-Formal (Life skills and Functional) Education.

The Maharashtra Government had involved Sanlaap, Namely Ms. Indrani Sinha (Executive Director) with other members to prepare the “State Plan of Action” on trafficking for Maharashtra.

2007 – Sanlaap intervened, for the very first time, in the district of Midnapore, West Bengal and districts of Nawada and Vaishali in Bihar thus addressing a unique set of vulnerabilities with specific focus of Girl Child Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Child Domestic Work. # The number of missing children as tracked by the Sanlaap’s partner organizations in the Districts in the year 2007 was 310.

Sanlaap launches Care and Protection Advocacy Initiative in Bihar: 100 participants from Bihar and Jharkhand (including Minister of Health and Minister of Youth and Cultural Affairs, State Govt. of Bihar, UN representatives and NGO, Government and Media Representatives) gathered to discuss the existing services of care and protection for the victims of trafficking in the state of Bihar.

The Sanlaap Research on existing services has also been initiated.

366 police persons were trained by Sanlaap’s in-house resource person from 8 districts of West Bengal. # The Sanlaap Youth Program is working with a core group of 150 youth members from Sanlap’s DIC and shelter Homes who in turn reach out to 350 children and young people every week.

The Green Band Campaign was launched on the occasion of World Youth Day, 12th August, as a symbol of youth participation in the fight against trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. # 16 young people from Sanlaap along with other youth representatives from Nepal and Bangladesh participated in a High Level Regional Consultation held in Nepal and other representatives of the South Asian Governments, NGO’s, UN Agencies and INGO’s.

Sanlaap in 2007 has ensured the Rescue of 30 children from Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, In-country Reintegration of 54 children and Repatriation (to Bangaldesh) of 19 children. # Sanlaap’s process of repatriation of its children to Bangladesh has been accepted by the West Bengal Government as a standard model for Repatriation. # Most importantly, Sanlaap has played the role of a key facilitator in the process of developing and formalizing the Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) for Repatriation through a bilateral agreement between the Government of India and Bangladesh.