RESCUE FOUNDATION, INDIA
Balkrishna Acharya, founder of Rescue Foundation, joined the fight against human trafficking in 1995 following his first encounter with a young trafficking victim in the red light district of Kamatipura, Mumbai, India. From that first encounter until his tragic and sudden death in 2005, Acharya risked his life to save girls sold into slavery. A business man by profession, Acharya found he had a deep rooted desire to change the fate of these girls and reintegrate them into society.
This desire led Acharya to form the Rescue Foundation in 2000 where he continued his life’s work for five years, rescuing hundreds of victims of forced prostitution. Today, his legacy lives on in the Rescue Foundation which continues to work for the rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of human trafficking victims from different parts of India, Nepal & Bangladesh. His wife, Triveni Acharya, now serves as the Foundation's President and courageous leader; carrying on in the spirit of her late husband.
Mrs. Acharya was a journalist until she was nominated the President of Rescue Foundation in 2005. She used to assist her husband in social field as she had developed good contacts with the authorities, police and social workers in line of her duty. Being a very courageous yet sympathetic lady, under her leadership the organization has progressed many fold. When she took over, there was only one protective home for 50 girls at Mumbai. Today three homes are established. Her organization rescues on an average 300 girls, rehabilitates and repatriates 700 girls annually. Up to 2014 more than 5000 girls have been given a new life. She has been awarded many Indian and international awards of high repute. Her simplicity, just attitude towards solving challenges and love to the deprived girls are the prime motivating qualities of her management.
In addition to the physical rescue of girls from brothels, the Rescue Foundation operates several protective homes located in Mumbai, Boisar and Pune. The campus in Boisar includes a Recovery Care Center for girls that require more intensive medical care and recovery, particularly those who come away from their time in the brothels with HIV/AIDS; a protective home; and a training center to teach the girls vocations, helping to make repatriation successful.