Nirmala Mulackal, SCN, sends in this, the latest news from Asha Niwas in Gurgaon.

On Feb. 9, about 30 final year students, 20 Italians and 10 Indians, came with their principal and two teachers to visit the children at Asha Niwas as part of an exchange program. The children were so excited to meet them. A colorful cultural program was staged for the visitors. The children danced so well that the students could not keep themselves off the stage, they too joined them in the dance. They had a wonderful time together and the children enjoyed it thoroughly.

The costumes, lovingly worn by the children, were donated by the Staff of Indian Overseas Bank Gurgaon Branch on the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee of the Bank. Pictured are scenes of the Bank officials giving gifts of fruits and other items to the children.

Near Delhi, India, the SCNs have a home for children whose mothers are caught in the cycle of prostitution. Over fifty children are cared for through this ministry called “Asha Niwas,” which means “House of Hope.” Asha Niwas provides a home, education and nurturing care to children of women who are caught in the commercial sex trade. These children have lived their early years in brothels with their mothers, and without intervention would most likely fall into the same way of life. Asha Niwas attempts to break this cycle by offering the children a safe environment, an opportunity for learning and a chance to believe in their own worth and dignity.

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