October 2, 2016
A young woman who was a victim of crime now, works for a multi-national corporation in Chennai, and has even extended a hand of help to educate a little boy who lost his parents in a road accident.
Ostracised by a society that failed to see her as a victim who needs support rather than condemnation, she climbed the ladder to find herself a decent job and now support someone else, too.
Let’s find out who helped her to her feet?
The organisation that put her on this incredible success journey is SeedReaps Educational & Charitable Trust.
The organisation takes under its wings victims who have gone through terrible experiences, and for which they were not in any way responsible, says its founder Naresh Karthik.
“We encourage, support, motivate, educate and empower people who could be rape victims, children of prisoners, sex workers and those who have gone through mental and physical abuse.”
Founded in 2011, SeedReaps helps in turning around the lives of such victims who along with the suffering meted out to them also face the burden of social stigma.
“As the society doesn’t accept them after what they had gone through, many of them stray into anti-social activities like child and women trafficking, drugs, kidnapping and prostitution,” Karthik said.
They lose their friends and are criticised by the society for no fault of theirs, he said.
That’s where SeedReaps steps in – to restore their dignity and place in society.
“We choose such people and guide them – most importantly empower them – so that become respectable and responsible members of the society,” Karthik said.
SeedReaps says it aims to help some of them get into highly challenging careers such as the civil services.
“We focus on helping them become public servants serving in fields such as police and defence, so that they acquire the power to stop crimes,” Karthik said.
Many others have successfully worked their way into corporate jobs, and are now contributing in a big way to run SeedReaps as well as working as volunteers, he said.
Long years of research and study on the pain of suffering, then the will power to bounce back has equipped SeedReaps to work successfully with these victims.
Our mission is to create an awareness among the people on crimes, and at the same time, the availability of a judicial system and laws that can help them fight back or protect themselves, said Karthik.
We hope to create a better society and in turn a nation that can stem violence and crime against women and children. We also aim to generate awareness against drugs and alcohol abuse, he said.