Centsofrelief

Rating: 5 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Health, Human Services, International

Location: 109 Church Street, Apt 202 New Haven CT 06510 USA

Mission: Cents of Relief endeavors to allow vulnerable populations, particularly women in prostitution and their children, access to healthcare and prevention from human trafficking. Our projects are dedicated towards providing educational opportunities, improving healthcare, and stopping human trafficking in hopes of permitting these individuals to enjoy the basic necessities of life.
Target demographics: Women and children who have been trafficked or are at risk of human trafficking.
Geographic areas served: South Asia
Programs: Burn Surgery International, CoR Comic Book Series, eMentoring, Rx Healthy Solutions, Crafting Change
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 43-2019149
203-533-9267
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Cents of Relief is a wonderful organization which aims to help women and children who are trafficked or at risk of trafficking. I enjoy working with Cents of Relief as I know they are dedicated to the cause to help change lives and end trafficking. Cents of Relief is very open to suggestions from volunteers and this is what I love about the organization. They listen to what their volunteers think can make a change and help get these ideas implemented. I recently assisted them in proofing the hindi version of the Burn Comic's first edition. I have also participated in raising funds as well as awareness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing photographs from Cents of Relief programs and hearing stories about the programs from other volunteers on the ground. It is moving to learn about the impact.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how inclusive they make you feel once you get involved or share an idea.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and driven.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help change the lives of so many innocent women and children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2003-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Cents of Relief is a great non profit organization that provides tremendous relief to woman who have been subjected to prostitution and trafficking. Assistance is available through prevention programs, healthcare and education. The growing numbers in human trafficking is appalling, thus, the programs offered by COR are vital. I have had the honor to assist COR by creating their new websites relaunch cards. The organization does a significant job in keeping the public informed through their website and other social media networks about critical information related to human trafficking. They provide individuals with the opportunity to make a difference through various outlets. Lack of education and proper healthcare is the downfall of vast populations in third world countries, and Cents of Relief does a great part in helping alleviate this critical issue.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being inspired to help make a positive difference for those in need. The founders of this organization are wonderful selfless people who set a great example for others through their benevolence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am so glad to have cross paths with Cents of Relief. Cents of Relief provides a communication channel that allows for such easy access of information and updates. From tackling social media, to arranging energetic fundraisers, they have done a wonderful job of reminding us of our social responsibilities while involving us hands on.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing little children share their comments with their mothers after reading the burn comics. I've visited a few places where we were able to share the message of the comic and it was taken to by the children with great positivity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Although I have been affiliated with COR since 2004, last summer, I collaborated with COR to create an educational comic book (about Burn safety) for kids in the red light areas of India as well as for kids right here in the US. Through the concerted effort of many people, the comic book was a wild success! I LOVE volunteering with COR and I plan to get even more involved with this organization in the very near future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization by meeting many selfless, dedicated people who are committed to serving those in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Through Cents of Relief, I have been working in Kalighat, Kolkata (Calcutta) at a center that provides health, education and vocational training for women and children in Kalighat (the oldest red light district in Kolkata). Cents of Relief provides funds and support that provide a tremendous amount of support and compassion for women in prostitution. Despite the large number of women and children in need in the area, there are very few resources to assist them or help them find a path out of sex work and extreme poverty. Cents of Relief's staff and volunteers (and the programs they run) truly provide necessary services where there are few or none.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Since arriving in Kolkata, I have experienced the results of this organization's basic health services program, food distribution for needy children and HIV/AIDS Outreach in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could make changes to this organization, I would like to see their services extended to other parts of Kolkata and more broadly across India.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The extraordinary enthusiasm and passion that staff members and volunteers bring to their work each and every day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are compassionate, intelligent and extremely helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the way women (and their children) who are trafficked or forced to work in prostitution live. If Cents of Relief had 10 million bucks, they could change the cycle of poverty and exploitation that is all too familiar in Kalighat.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a lack of funds to expand and enhance their programs further

One thing I'd also say is that...

the problem of trafficking is not limited to Kalighat - the programs offered by Cents of Relief should be available to every women who has suffered this terrible abuse.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

It has been a pleasure to work with Rina and Anup. Cents of Relief has expanded it's scope to include healthcare to burn victims in South Asia. With Cents of Relief and Operation Smile backing, we were able to perform approximately 50 reconstructive operations on burn victims. Ultimately, it may be possible to extend this coverage to other developing nations. Lastly, preventative health measures, such as introducing a comic book to teach children about safety, has been implemented with great success. Cents of Relief has come very far in a short period of time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mumbai, India, where we were able to operate and perform burn reconstruction on some very deserving patients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have helped with this organization since it's inception in 2003 and they have an amazing cause that is just starting to get media attention - sex slaves and the children affected by the trafficking. Personally, this cause demands so much attention, it is just hard to conceive this happens in 2010. But it does, and people like Cents of Relief are out there to help educate the women, children, and even men who use these services of the health-related issues and psycho-socio damage caused to the people trapped within this horrific cycle.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When they started an e-mentoring program for the trafficked women's children to help get an education. They were given laptops and able to talk to a volunteer about their interests and what they want to do when they grow up. Education is the only way out.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Cents of Relief is dedicated to the women and children who are trapped in the red light districts of India. Not only do they see potential in these women and children who have been victimized, trafficked and abused, but they work hard to link them with appropriate resources, support, and opportunities. Cents of Relief is working on creative initiatives that will have a positive, meaningful impact for many women: ~Anup is linking burn victims with plastic surgeons in the hopes that they will be able to regain a sense of normalcy in their daily lives after surgery (for example, simply putting on their own sari). ~Rina is spearheading a new program where women are given work outside the red light district, sewing ties out of old sari fabric. These beautiful ties will then be sold in shops and boutiques. ~you can always look at their website of facebook page for more accurate & timely info

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen firsthand the organizations and people they fund and work with in India. They are very cautious about who they work with because they want all of their money and supplies to go directly to the women and children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Cents of Relief is a wonderful organization which focuses on providing educational opportunities, improving healthcare and preventing human trafficking of women and children in the red light districts of India. In my personal experience as an e-mentor with Cents of Relief, the programs are very successful and effective. I enjoyed receiving my weekly emails from my buddy as well as sending her stories of my life. Cents of Relief is an amazing organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through my experiences with the organization. They believe in the mission and work very hard to reach their goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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