Frequently Asked Questions
I thought slavery was a thing of the past. How big a problem is it really?
- There are more individuals enslaved today than at any time in human history. An average slave in the American South in 1850 cost the equivalent of $40,000 in today’s money; today the average cost of a slave is less than $90 (FreeTheSlaves.net).
- India is the epicenter of human trafficking—including 100 million people, with 1.2 million child prostitutes. It tops the list of countries when it comes to transit, destination and source of human trafficking victims (NotTodayCoalition.org).
- Almost 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent from the previous year (Reuters, 3/10/17)\
- India’s sex industry includes some 2 million persons and 20% are children under age 16 (Human Rights Commission, United Nations Development Fund for Women).
- An estimated 400,000 people have been trafficked from the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh including 1,200 children in 4 red-light districts (Times of India, 3/15/18).
Why are you focusing your work in India / Andhra Pradesh?
- Need – India is the epicenter of human trafficking and is the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman because of the high risk of sexual violence and slave labor. It was also the most dangerous country in the world for cultural traditions that impact women including acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage and physical abuse (CNN (6/26/18). 26% of all sex workers in India are sourced from Andhra Pradesh (The Times of India, 3/15/18).
- Relationship – New Horizons’ Board of Directors have had a long-term working relationship with our local Field Administrators who have successfully built a comprehensive faith-based ministry incorporating many of the same key elements required for a successful aftercare program.
- Impact – An aftercare facility previously operating in Colorado in 2014 had an annual budget of $720,000 and was providing services to 8 girls. That equates to a cost of $90,000 / girl / year. In India, the annual budget for providing trauma counseling, medical care, education & vocational training is approximately $5,000 / girl / year.
The problem seems overwhelming. What difference can New Horizons really make?
- We can’t do everything, but we can do something. Mother Teresa once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” At New Horizons, we believe that each girl is worthy of restoration and of our best efforts to give her a life of opportunity and promise.
How many girls will you care for?
- At build-out, New Horizons’ site will include 4 dormitory buildings, each designed to house up to 60 girls. The first dormitory building is currently 3 stories and can house up to 45 girls.
Why not care for more girls?
- Actually, at build-out, the facility will be one of the largest of its kind in India. The number of girls we can effectively provide services to is based on a few constraints:
- Ensuring the program is manageable.
- Maintaining a House Mother/ resident ratio which promotes personalized care and individual attention.
- Financial limitations.
- That said, our hope is that we will eventually be able to establish other aftercare facilities in India and/or other locations around the world.
What experience do you have?
- Members of the board have done extensive research into aftercare programs and have conducted site visits, interviews with experts, observation / participation in field rescue operations, and served in various capacities on other similar non-profits. Additionally, a variety of organizations who are involved in rescues and/or providing aftercare services have reviewed our plans, visited our facility and affirmed that they are in-line with current best practices.
- Our Field Administrator and local staff have had more than 25 years of experience working in southern India with children from disadvantaged and/or abusive backgrounds.
- New Horizons’ staff receive periodic training / mentoring from key individuals with international expertise in the specific program areas in which they function.
- New Horizons uses trained professionals to help administer key parts of the program.
Why start from scratch? Why not join forces with another group?
- We are not actually starting “from scratch.” There is a huge need for additional program capacity in southern India and our prior experience working with the government in Andhra Pradesh has proven to be extremely valuable. In addition, we have networked and/or are collaborating with various international organizations involved in rescue and/or aftercare including those listed below:
- Mahima Home (Kolkata)
- Jeevan Aadhar (Mumbai)
- The Exodus Road (Colorado Springs, CO)
- India Rescue Mission (Mumbai)
- Rescue Foundation (Mumbai)
- S.T.O.P. India (New Delhi)
- International Justice Mission (Mumbai)
- Project Rescue (Springfield, MO)
How is New Horizons House organized?
- New Horizons House was founded in 2013 and is a registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. New Horizons conducts fundraising for AshaYndya, Inc., a wholly controlled affiliate responsible for administering / overseeing in-country operations.
- In 2016 AshaYndya entered into a Joint Venture Master Agreement with Helping Hands Social Action Society (a registered Indian “non-profit”) to operate the aftercare facility and implement the program (i.e. trauma counseling, medical care, education and vocational training).
Is New Horizons a religious / Christian organization?
- New Horizons House is a Christian, faith-based organization.
- We do not discriminate against those who may not share our Christian views.
- We collaborate with groups comprised of Christians, Hindus and Muslims.
- We collaborate with secular governmental agencies. e. We collaborate with non-faith based NGOs who share a common vision of rescue, rehabilitation and justice for trafficked victims.
What kind of “spiritual” emphasis is involved? What if they don’t want to participate?
- Research has shown that the most effective programs have a spiritual component. Daily devotional times of a Christian nature will be included in the program, but no girl will be forced to participate against her will.
- New Horizons will not discriminate based on a girl’s religious beliefs. If a Hindu or Muslim girl wants to practice her spiritual beliefs she will be permitted to do so without prejudice and the staff will make reasonable accommodation to permit this.
Are any Americans involved? How will you supervise the work in India from the U.S.?
- While Americans may be employed or used as volunteers, the emphasis will be on using Indian nationals for on-site day-to-day operations, program implementation, etc.
- Representatives of New Horizons will make annual visits to evaluate the existing program, the welfare of the girls and to plan for future expansion.
- Regular reporting will take place via e-mail and Whats-App / Skype.
How are finances / accounting / audits handled?
- Regular, periodic audits will be conducted by certified Indian accountants.
- The operation of the facility will be in compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and applicable regulations pertaining to not-for-profit entities incorporated in the U.S.
Who will oversee the program on-site? What are their qualifications?
- Our Field Administrator and the Board of Helping Hands Society will implement the work under the oversight and direction of New Horizons’ operating affiliate, AshaYndya.
- Our Field Administrator currently oversees a school of 250 children (including ~ 45 who reside at the school full-time), a medical clinic, a child assistance program and a government-approved vocational training center. He is an Indian national but was educated in the United States.
Where do you get your workers, psychologists, teachers, house mothers, etc.?
- We recruit qualified mental health workers primarily from certified Indian universities but, in some instances, we may temporarily utilize American counselors as well.
- Teachers / vocational instructors / house mothers may be recruited from the surrounding community and/or shared with the existing program in Bhimavaram (~ 26 km from Podu).
What type of connection do you have with the government?
- Our staff will be working directly with Child Welfare Services and other Indian government agencies involved in rescue / transfer / justice issues for girls.
What type of therapy will you use?
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
- Recreational Therapy (dance, art, music, gardening, etc.).
- Individual & Group Therapy.
What about the use of drug therapies?
- Anti-depressant/anxiety and STD medications may occasionally be needed, but our first approach is “talking”, recreational therapy and love. Medical doctors or psychiatrists will administer and monitor any prescription drugs.
What will a typical day look like for the girls at the aftercare facility?
- Devotional / quiet time
- Class time
- Therapy / Class / Recreational time
- Therapy / Recreational / free time
- Lights out
- Field trips and other special activities
How many girls will there be in each room?
- Typically, there will be 4-5 girls / room, but this number could vary slightly. This arrangement has been shown to prevent self-abuse and/or abuse by other girls.
What security precautions will be put in place?
- We will have 24/7 security guard(s) at the facility.
- Attractive gated and walled facility with decorative “bars” on windows.
- Security cameras (internal and external)
- Girls will not be permitted to leave facility unless accompanied by a person in authority.
- Girls will not be permitted outside contact without permission / being monitored.
What about pregnancies / girls with children / AIDs?
- Our target population is girls ages 10-16 who do not have children and who are not pregnant. However, each case will be evaluated individually and there may be times when we receive girls with children or who are pregnant. Obviously, we would need to make suitable adjustments to accommodate them.
- While we would not exclude HIV infected girls, we would likely refer girls with AIDs to facilities better suited to meet their needs.
How long does a girl stay in the program?
- It will vary based on the history and needs of the girl, but our goal is to have a girl move into a Transition Home (i.e. a “half-way house”) by the time she is 18 years old.
What will the Transition Home look like?
- There will be less supervision and the girls will have greater freedom to come and go.
- They will be encouraged to put into practice life skills learned in the aftercare facility and given further assistance in life skills and vocational training.
- When the girl is ready she will move from the Transition Home into society. This may happen through marriage, return to family or community of origin or by moving into a program provided house/apartment where other “graduates” live together in their own “family” community.
Are my donations tax deductible? Will you send me a receipt?
- Yes, all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
- Each contribution of $250 or more will receive a receipt. Donations less than $250 will receive a receipt upon request.
How can I get involved?
- We are always in need of financial support to operate the aftercare facility and provide hope and healing to the girls in our care. Donations can be made directly through our website.
- We are committed to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking. You can host a social event in your home / church / civic group with materials provided by New Horizons.
- Check our website for other ways to volunteer your time and/or talents.