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Project Udaan celebrated GuruPuja, Satsang and food distribution at Tutorial School, Sonagachi, Kolkata

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News Desk, News Nation 360: On May 13, 2023, GuruPuja, Satsang and food distribution for about 1500 (fifteen hundred) people including CSW have been arranged to mark the 67th birthday of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and to mark the 10th Anniversary of PROJECT UDAAN. On this occasion, a second centre of this project will be inaugurated by Ms Bharati Ganguly (President of Udaan Project) along with other dignitaries. This will be an addition to the existing facility to accommodate more children and give service to existing CSWs. The PROJECT UDAAN is an initiative to rescue young children – currently, only girls - of the Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) who are involved in the sex trade from the area of Sonagachi in Kolkata, to bring them back to mainstream society. For this, a home shelter named Udaan Kanya Gurukul (rehabilitation center) has been established at Pailan, so that the concerned girls can be freed from the pain of daily sex trade and other atrocities. Keeping girls aged 6-18 years in this centre to educate them, make

them aware of health, and above all make them aware of their own home. Initially, Udaan Tutorial School was set up in the Sonagachhi area of Kolkata in 2012. Children of commercial sex workers were taught basic education, yoga, dance songs etc. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar through his Art of Living organization set up Udaan Kanya Gurukul in Pailan in June 2022 to relocate these girls and provide safe shelter for the children of sex workers in Sonagachi. Currently, around 50 girls are accommodated here, and the vision is to get more than 150 over a period of time. A shelter for the boys is also in the planning and development stage and soon shall commence operations. 

Pic : Krishnendu Kundu

Reportt : Anustup Kundu

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