ABOUT 321 EMPOWER
321 Empower is a federally registered charity based out of Canada and the United States that aims to assist and empower young female survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in India. 321 Empower helps these young women acquire their fitness trainer certifications, which further facilitates their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and provides them with employable skills well-suited for India's blossoming health and wellness industry. 321 Empower ultimately aims to support these young women throughout their healing process and equip them with tools to live healthy and independent lives.
Over the past few years, 321 Empower has completed a pilot project with Prerana, a Mumbai-based organization that works to end intergenerational prostitution, provides a safe environment and health/education support for survivors, and leads advocacy initiatives. Since the initiation of the joint program with Prerana, ten survivors have now graduated with a group aerobic certificate. In addition, a designated gym, supplied with strength training equipment, has been established in the Mumbai Prerana shelter.
321 Empower has also created an apprentice program to further assist young survivors as they transition out of the Prerana home upon turning 18. For instance, 321Empower financially supports graduates as they move into trainer positions at the home and instructor positions at Prerana's headquarters in Mumbai. 321 Empower is in the process of expanding this program to a larger number of survivors and across India, particularly in southern India and in the state of Bihar.