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Tara’s story

Tara Shaikh (name changed) comes from a Muslim family in Hyderabad. At the age of ten, she ran away from her house out of fear because she was regularly beaten up by her parents. She caught a train and came to Mumbai in order to escape the physical abuse.

However, she was about to face a worse nature of abuse, which has held her captive to the current day. After coming to Mumbai, Tara was deceived and sold into prostitution.
Being trafficked at the young age of ten has deprived her of her childhood and education. She has contracted HIV and is also diabetic.

Twenty-five years after being trafficked, she now has two children and is still in the trade as she has nowhere else to stay, and due to the debts that she has to repay.

We got in touch with Tara’s children though our interventions among children in the area. Both of her children have been attending the Children’s spiritual camp over the last few years.

Looking at the improvement in her own children, she too started coming to the cell meetings conducted every week in Ghatkopar. Although
initially she was reluctant to talk, now she opens up and is willing to share about her life, her struggles and seeks to be prayed over regularly. We have also helped Tara by giving her medical treatment and counselling. Her children received a waiver of school fees as our partner Sahaara intervened and spoke on their behalf to the school authorities.

Tara is eager to learn some new skills like tailoring and hopes to exit the trade in order to make sure her children can have a better future.

Thank God for the care, support and treatment that Tara and her children are receiving through Sahaara. Pray for the new skills and training that will help Tara to exit the trade and towards a better future for her family.

If you can, please donate to our Vulnerable Women Fund to support women like Tara and the Sahaara team in all their work also among the commercial sex workers and their children in the city of Mumbai.

Dhondu’s Story - Providing medical  assistance to the sick homeless on the  streets of Mumbai

Dhondu’s Story - Providing medical assistance to the sick homeless on the streets of Mumbai

On one of the rounds of the Pavement, IMCARES staff met a man who was in acute pain, when the staff sat with him asked him what happened he said he had a cut that had festered. He had wrapped his feet with strips of cloth one over the other thinking it will subside the pain. From the look of the bandage and the peculiar smell, the experienced field workers of IMCARES knew that the wound was infected with maggots.

From their Ministry bag which is always readied for such incidences, the staff took out their instruments and slowly removed all the bandages. Although the surface wound was not very large it was very deep. And it took more than a month for him to be able to get back to his work.

Dhondu* is a casual labourer working as a truck loader. Somewhere in his work he had this injury. To him it was one of the normal things, so he did not bother about it much. It was only when it bothered him that he tried to treat it the best way he knew.

As his pain subsided, he was mentally at ease, the IMCARES staff gave him HIV education and asked if he would like to take a HIV test. After some persuasion he agreed to take the test. He was taken to the Govt. ICTC centre. It was a relief to him to know that it was negative.

Soon after this Dhondu was totally healed of the infection and the wound and resumed his work. When he has some time, Dhondu comes to IMCARES Drop in centre with a thankful heart, where he has found new friendship and life.

*Name changed

Please pray for the ongoing work of IMCARES with the homeless on the streets of Mumbai, that they will be able to bring hope and support both physically and spiritually to everyone they meet.



When she was 13, Farheen was sold to a brothel owner for 5,000 rupees (€65). Her captivity lasted for years and years.

But, one day, outside the brothel, Farheen met staff at Tearfund’s partner Aruna. The Aruna team worked tirelessly for eight years to secure her freedom.

Now, Farheen is a cleaner at the Aruna drop-in centre in the mornings and works as a counsellor for a government organisation in the afternoon, visiting girls who work as prostitutes.

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