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Shelter for traumatised domestic workers

Support for the education of vulnerable girls

2018 till Today
Bangalore City, dans le sud-est du Karnataka, India


In India, there are approximately 12.6 million child workeres, of whom 20-40% are domestic workers. These are mainly girls from poor backgrounds who are taken from the countryside to serve families in the city. These workers are often exploited: their working days are very long, the pay is low and they are sometimes also victims of physical, sexual and/or moral abuse by their employers.
Adolescent girls are the most vulnerable. The vast majority find themselves in forced labour, victims of debt bondage and/or runaways from rural poverty. For example, this is the case in Bangalore, where 700 slums are prime locations for child rights violations.

In this context, the “Gowpytha Makkala Kendra” project was born.


20 to 30 girls aged 5 to 19, domestic workers and victims of trauma, in urgent need of care, protection and education.


The Gowpytha Makkala Kendra Center functions as a home, not just a shelter, as it is a place where children can recover from their traumatic experiences and are welcomed in a safe and non-judgmental manner. They receive academic and extracurricular support (arts, yoga, meditation, etc.), balanced nutrition, clothing, therapeutic counselling and support, in addition to suitable accommodation.
In 2018, 21 girls aged between 5 and 19 years old were welcomed at the Center; 28 in 2021.

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