"Udaan" is the Hindi word for "flight". Through this project, we empower girls in the red light area to know their rights and go for diverse and dignified career options, by developing their skill sets for aspirational professions, thereby equipping them to gain genuine socio-economic mobility, and, consequently preventing the inter-generational cycle of prostitution among daughters (ages 6-18) of women in brothel based prostitution.
Outreach. AAWC conducts daily visits to homes, schools, and boarding homes to monitor Udaan girls. Girls also attend monthly meetings to learn about important reports, workshops, and updates.
Education. Udaan girls are enrolled in a municipal school or private school and attend daily afterschool tutoring at the AAWC center. We hold meetings to review each student's holistic progress with her mother on a monthly basis and evaluate the girls using customized unit tests on a quarterly basis between school exams. When a member completes 12th standard, AAWC guides her through a Bachelor's or Master's program and helps pay for any private coaching fees.
Empowerment. Udaan girls develop self-esteem, discipline, talent, and leadership through various workshops on topics such as life skills (finance, health), professional skills (English, computers, CVs, job interviewing), creativity (painting, arts & crafts), fitness (Sports Day, dance), human rights (women's rights, environmentalism), and careers (law, film, medicine, finance, hospitality). Mentor-mentee programs are also provided to the Udaan girls to instill positive influence and provide them with role models away from the red light area. When they are ready to enter the workplace, AAWC guides them through the proper vocational certifications, internships, and job placement processes in professions like accounting, beauty, business process outsourcing, dance, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, medical compounding, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching.