The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is situated along the country’s southeast coast. It is India’s fourth largest state by area and fifth largest by population. It is called the “Rice Bowl of India” and agriculture has been the chief source of income for the state’s economy. A substantial percentage of young women and girls being trafficked in Mumbai reportedly come from Andhra Pradesh.
The city of Bhimavaram, with a 2011 population of ~ 200,000 people, is located in Andhra Pradesh approximately 335 km ESE of Hyderabad and 20 km from the Bay of Bengal. It is an epicenter of district political activities and a regional hub for higher education and specialized health services.
Why Andhra Pradesh?
Andhra Pradesh is one of the most forward looking States in India with respect to providing protection services for victims of sex trafficking. The State has supported shelters for vulnerable individuals and has established a fund specifically for victim rehabilitation. In addition, over the past decade, members of New Horizons’ Board have developed a strong network of personal and professional relationships in Bhimavaram which will assist us in obtaining the necessary government approvals and in identifying key resources for program support.
New Horizons House is establishing a state-of-the art after-care facility in Bhimavaram which is located in the State of Andhra Pradesh. Our after-care will provide educational opportunities, trauma care/counseling, and vocational training for minor girls.
Our goal is to provide an environment which will nourish a girl’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and allow her to not simply survive the past but to thrive with a renewed sense of dignity and purpose.