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 has been called the “Rice Bowl of India” and agriculture is the chief source of income for the state’s economy. The village of Podu is located approximately 380 km ESE of Hyderabad and 1 km from the Bay of Bengal. Bhimavaram, the nearest municipality, is an epicenter of district political activities and a regional hub for higher education and specialized health services.
Why Andhra Pradesh?
According to The Times of India (3/15/18), 26% of all sex workers in India are trafficked from the state of Andhra Pradesh with over 400,00 victims reported. That said, 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, for more than a decade, members of New Horizons’ Board have worked with local leaders to expand a successful network of faith-based community development programs around Bhimavaram.
New Horizons House has established a state-of-the art residential after-care facility which is providing trauma care, medical services, educational opportunities and vocational training to minor girls rescued from the sex trade. Our goal is to provide an environment which nourishes a girl’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and allows her to re-enter mainstream society with a renewed sense of dignity and purpose.