On June 4th, Silicon Valley Global health facilitated the fifth episode of our podcast series in partnership with the Aaroogya Foundation and titled "Advancing Women’s Agency," featuring Smarita Sengupta, founder of Destiny Foundation.
As both a business and non-profit, Destiny Foundation disrupts the cycle of human trafficking in women and children by offering rehab, employment, advocacy, and community leadership programs in locations of high trafficking risk in India, and creating space for these women and children to protect themselves.
The scale of the human trafficking industry worldwide is gigantic; before the pandemic, 14 million people were enslaved, while traffickers profited $150 B per year globally from bonded labor, exploitive work, and organ and sex trafficking.
During the pandemic, Destiny has continued to educate, empower, and employ victims of trafficking, while also "multitasking," as Ms. Sengupta says, beyond those three fundamental goals. As a front-line organization, Destiny provided information-sharing services and reached over 500 families with care packages. Destiny supported at least 200 families among them with major, more frequent support.
Destiny Foundation has also partnered with Catholic University Leuven's student-run Project Innovation Project (PiP) to develop an age-appropriate educational game by which children in high-risk areas like the red-light district and the slums can learn how to be wary of traffickers operating over digital platforms like social media.
Visit the link below to view this episode and to learn more: