What is Mercy Mission Madinah India Doing?
The aim of the Women’s Shelter project, begun in October 2010, is to create a safe refuge for women who face persecution and difficult circumstances upon making choices in life that do not correspond with family and cultural expectations and norms. We wish to provide an accessible and independent support network for women who experience extreme social and economic hardship and difficulty under such circumstances. The centre is a women’s hostel akin to a shelter in the western context. The hostel is housed on a 1500 sq ft premise in the Mumbai suburbs and can accommodate up to 20 women.
An experienced social worker stays at the premises and mentors these women, as well as taking care of their lodging, boarding and educational needs. The centre also function as a central point for all those who seek help and assistance. Security details are in place to provide safety to the shelter at all times. In later phases, expansion will be undertaken to increase the scope of the program and to setup similar establishments in other cities and regions around the world.
Several sisters have now safely settled down back in society either through marriage or through their families accepting them with their new identity.