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Nomi Network invites you to walk alongside our trainees as they grow in our programs and become financially independent through economic empowerment. When you sponsor Her, you are learning her story, providing support for her to join our training program, and watching her overcome illiteracy, fear, and poverty so that she can know her full potential. Be a part of Her success by donating monthly at the $25, $50, $75, or $100 level, which will go towards training and job placement throughout the course of 1.5 years. At $100 a month, Her training will be fully funded and she will learn basic literacy, basic sewing skills, and advanced technical skills that will give her the tools needed to enter the workforce. 

 
 
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Why Bihar, India?

Bihar is one of the poorest and most populous states in India, with over 116 million people. Nearly 70% of the population lives in poverty. Bihar contains some of the country’s highest rates of bonded labor, caste discrimination, and social inequality. More than two-thirds of girls in Bihar are married before they reach age 18.

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Caste System in Bihar -

The untouchable community—officially called a scheduled caste, or "SC" –is a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Members of SC’s are entitled to specific protections from the government to ensure educational and economic opportunities, but these protections are rarely enforced. The plight of an SC woman is not hopeful, as most live in extreme poverty and are at high risk of sexual exploitation or bonded labor.

 
 
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Give a survivor or woman at risk of human trafficking the resources, support, and skills she needs to transform her life—and the lives of her family! Your monthly gift provides: 

  • Job training

  • Production training

  • Life skills training

  • Legal seminars and counsel

  • Microenterprise support

 
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As a sponsor, you will receive: 

  • Annual updates on the progress of the woman you sponsor

  • A letter and/or picture from the woman you sponsor

  • A chance to write a letter to the woman you sponsor

  • An annual appeal for the needs of her and her community

  • A small gift of appreciation from us after six months of sponsorship

 

 
 
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Anaya

Anaya is 30 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she is an orphan born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Married with four children ages 2 to 5, her family’s average household income is about $2.50 a day. Anaya is illiterate with major barriers to finding work.

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Bhayva

Bhavya is 35 years old and at risk of being trafficked every day. Residing in India, she was born into the SC caste. She is married with three children ages 3 to 7 and her average household income is about $2.50 a day. Bhavya is illiterate with major barriers to finding work and providing for her family.

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Prisha

Prisha is 35 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she was born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Married with four children ages 8 to 17, her family’s average household income is about $2.50 a day. Prisha is illiterate with major barriers to finding work.

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Sushma

Sushma is 25 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she was born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Married with three children ages 3 to 7, her family’s average household income is about $2.50 a day. Sushma is illiterate with major barriers to finding work.

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Sana

Sana is 25 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she was born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Married with five children ages 3 to 7, her family’s average household income is about $3.00 a day. Sana is illiterate with major barriers to finding work.

 
 
 

Keya

Keya is 25 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she was born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Married with two children ages 2 and 4, her family’s average household income is about $1.50 a day. Keya is illiterate with major barriers to finding work.

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Shanaya

Shanaya is 36 years old and at risk
of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she is married with six children ages 1 to 19. Her family’s average household income is about $2.50 a day.

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Neysa

Neysa is 35 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she is married with five children ages 4 to 17, her family’s average household income is about $5.00
a day.

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Navya

Navya is 19 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she was born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Unmarried, she lives with her family who have an average household income of $6.00 a day. Navya had schooling up until 9th grade and hopes to continue her education one day.

Vanya

Vanya is 25 years old and at risk of human trafficking. Residing in Bihar, India, she was born into the SC caste, a historically disadvantaged indigenous people group. Married with two children ages 2 and 4, her family’s average household income is about $2.50 a day. Vanya is illiterate with major barriers to finding work.

 

 
 

1. What is Sponsorship?
Sponsorship is an earmarked financial contribution
made regularly by an individual donor or an organization/company as a means of supporting a woman who is a survivor or at risk of being trafficked for a two year training and leadership development program with Nomi Network. Sponsors, through their regular contributions, help ensure that the organization's financial stability and the survivor/woman at risk’s training, stipend, well being, and integration into their local community is provided for. Money is designated towards a particular Nomi Network trainee and the sponsor is provided updates from the field. $100 a month will fully support a woman in the program. 

 

2. What percentage of my donation is used to help the woman I choose to support?
These sponsorships support individuals who live in a rural context and 100% of your donation is used to help fund a woman starting Nomi Network’s program from beginning to end. Any additional funds will be put towards the adolescent girls program that focuses on prevention and creating scholarships for the women’s children and family.

 

3. How long does my sponsorship last?
Your sponsorship lasts as long as you want it to. Although it is our aim to establish a long-term relationship with our sponsors, you are able to cancel whenever you want, without giving notice. You can cancel your sponsorship by emailing donate@nominetwork.org, or by calling our office at 1-646-867-0608. 

4. How do I change my personal details?
If you would like to change your contact information or your banking information, please email donate@nominetwork.org, or call 1-646-867-0608

 

5. What are "programs"?
Nomi Network’s rural empowerment training program serves women who are survivors or are women at risk of sex trafficking, intergenerational prostitution, or bonded labor. We currently focus on red-light districts in seven villages in Bihar, Northern India, near the Nepalese border, where few resources or social service providers exist. Through our training curriculum, women are learning critical skills needed to earn a living, protect themselves and their children, and transform their communities. In addition to teaching marketable skills, Nomi Network’s program addresses psychological and social barriers to work, builds up the women’s self-confidence, and prepares them to enter the mainstream workforce. 

 

6. How can I make occasional extra donations? 
All donations are welcome. To make a donation, simply click the "DONATE" link at the top of this page and fill in the online form. Please let us know if you would like to designate the donation to go towards the woman you are sponsoring.

7. What do we do to protect the privacy of the women in the program?
The women’s right to privacy and the need to observe data protection laws are paramount. All women in Nomi Network’s program who are enrolled or on our waitlist have signed a waiver and given permission for the use their photos. Their names are changed to protect their identities, and specific location is not listed on our website. We believe that privacy and respect are important for the safety of both our women and their sponsors.

 

8. May I have a receipt for my sponsorship?
Yes, we provide tax receipts once a year for your personal tax purposes.

 

9. Do women receive financial support after leaving the program?
Upon graduating from Nomi Network’s Training Program, the women will no longer receive a program stipend for their work. However, they will continue to receive mentoring and guidance from our staff. Each participant is advised to save 50% of their income so they will have financial resources as they seek employment or start their own business.