Ujwal hails from Golaghat, Assam, and was detained in the Central (Arthur Road) prison in Mumbai. When the social workers from Sahaara came in contact with Ujwal in April 2011, a few months before his release, they realized that while Ujwal feared that he would be stigmatized for his stint in prison, he was determined to seek a job and start life afresh. Sahaara helps rehabilitate newly released prisoners by providing physical and emotional support, giving vocational training and helping them find good jobs. Sahaara also runs a home called Mukti Niwas (Place of Freedom), where former prisoners get wholesome nutrition and quality accommodation, till they are emotionally and financially self-sufficient, and ready to take their place in society. Ujwal was welcomed into Mukti Niwas in June 2011. Ujwal would be receiving training in housekeeping, nursery training and basic life skills. He desires to become a chaueffeur and take care of his mother who resides in Assam. Ujwal would soon be starting a new life, and once he is financially able to do so, he has pledged to help other newly released prisoners like him to make a fresh start in life.
Project Parivartan strives to serve the women trafficked into the sex trade and their children through diverse activities and inputs. Life for the trafficked women is extremely demeaning and depressing, but the rescue of the ones and the twos brightens up the gloom and the darkness. The story of Sunita is one such bright spark as we see her rescued from the vicious cycle of the sex trade and released into a life of freedom and dignity. Sunita is a twenty year old girl from a village near Kolkata, India. A pimp, under the pretext of offering Sunita a well-paying job, deceived and sold her into the Mumbai sex trade. Sahaara staff met Sunita in the Turbhe red light area in June 2010. She began to attend the cell meetings therein and received the love of God into her heart. With counselling and prayer, Sunita?s will to exit the red light area was strengthened. To our joy and delight, Sunita became a part of Sharan Sthan family on 30th July 2010. A few months back month a local hospital was recruiting trainees for a one year nurse aid program. Sunita applied and to her great delight, she was selected. She is now undergoing the one year course and is eagerly looking forward to a promising career on completion of the course. This training would open up opportunities to serve with organisations with a health focus, as well as be eligible to work with nursing bureaus who dispatch home-nurses. Her enthusiasm is as infectious as her smile and her journey rekindles hope in every heart.