Regional Expansion – Kenya We are excited to share that we are expanding our work into Kenya, working – as usual – with exemplary local leaders and partner organizations.  Kenya, like South Asia is a global hotspot for sexual and gender-based violence. Our work in Kenya is starting with support of a school-based rescue shelter, … Read more

Computer Training 2024

Computer Training & Digital Literacy – a Path to a Brighter Future Sitamaya comes from a family where men are the providers and decision makers. When her father died suddenly just after she graduated high school,  it felt like a nightmare as he was her biggest champion. He had been the only breadwinner of the … Read more

Felix Fellowship – September to December 2022

“We are seeking a person to help establish and initiate an English tutoring program for a range of ages in our new Learning Center in Kolkata” through the Felix Fellowship was the beginning of a wonderful adventure and opportunity to travel to India. I was awarded the Fellowship in June then the summer was spent … Read more

Why IT?

For me, one of the most exciting things about our new Learning Center (in Kolkata’s Sonagachi red light area) is the focus on computer training and digital literacy. Because Our Girls Want IT! In the early years, HFC offered training and employment for trafficking survivors in rescue shelters, mostly in artisan crafts (our name was … Read more

Baking & Hospitality Report

What a month! From day one, we have had such adventures and experiences. From sari clad puja pandal hopping, prepping and serving multiple lunches for 25 American guests, prepping and serving food for 100 guests at the inauguration ceremony for the HFC training center and sending the ladies on a three day Baking Adventure; it … Read more

Summer 2021 Updates

Summer Newsletter 2021 After working in Kolkata for 13+ years, we finally have the opportunity to create a space large enough for all of the education, mental health and vocational programs we already offer, and some new ones we have only dreamed of. We are so excited!  The new space is being made possible by … Read more