Cents of Relief is a wonderful, young, and energetic organization. I have seen those involved help grow their programs from the start and am excited to see what they will do in the future.
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.
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 have started to work with Cents of Relief since 2003 with another partner organization. Now i have started my own organisation called Destiny FOundation and is working very closely with COR.They have been extrmenly supportive and has helped us with funding and insight on health issues to our women who have been trafficked experience.I have worked with Anup on creating relationships with other NGOS so that he could provide burn reconstruction on women who have been burned in the red-light areas of India"I wish them all the best in their future endevour. --
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 came across Cents of Relief via a friend who knew Rina. Over the last few months, I have been following the cause and it warms my heart to see all of the progress the team is making on so many levels of relief. From assisting burn victims, to distributing safety comics and launching innovative fundraising programs- I feel this is a charity that I can relate to as someone with the youthful energy to make a difference. Helping Cents of Relief goes beyond just the piece of mind of helping charity, it helps you make a real impact.
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.
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.
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 have been involved with Cents of Relief since 2003 when Anup and Rina started with small fundraisers to support their projects. I am aware of the organizations true dedication to improving the health and lives of women and children in the red-light areas of india. Most recently, Cents of Relief created a Burn Comic book to help teach children in India about burn prevention. This comic was distributed in Mumbai schools with great success! The story of Lalit playing with fireworks is such a great way to help children understand how to keep themselves safe!
My goal for the health and hygiene program developed in the winter of 2006 was to enhance the quality of life for the red-light and slum children of Kolkata, India. These communities are at a high risk of HIV/AIDS and other hygiene related diseases. Since the basic hygiene knowledge is lacking, the eight-week program was designed to improve the overall health and well-being of the children. The program focused on educating the children about proper personal hygienic care and incorporating physical fitness into their everyday lives. The progress of the hygiene aspect of the class was gauged by visual improvements, both of the children’s overall cleanliness and progress charts regarding hand washing and dental care. The children’s better health was apparent since the children suffered less colds and runny noses towards weeks four through eight of the program. I assessed their physical fitness progress by using segments of the United States Presidential Physical Fitness Award criteria.
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 have met with the people involved in trying to make a difference with this organization and it is very clear that they all have a high level of passion to make a difference. They do fundraisers and try to raise awareness in such a personalized way. I hope they can gain the support they need to expand.
My experience with Cents of Relief has been AMAZING! Rina and Anup are highly committed to the cause, and take care to ensure that all programs greatly benefit the women and children. I can say with confidence that Cents of Relief has made a lifelong impact on many women and children in need!! They have gained an identity and self confidence - while learning basic hygiene skills, computer and English language training - many things that children in the U.S. wouldn't have to think twice about. The new burn victim program has great partners and is a very promising endeavor.
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
What makes Cents of Relief such an incredible non-profit organization is its unrelenting commitment to a women's issue that typically does not receive the mainstream media attention it truly warrants. Furthermore, the programs and services it provides serve as invaluable stepping stones towards creating more productive and impactful lives for the women and children caught within the vicious web of human trafficking. Finally, this organization is a shining example of the incredible and lasting impact that seemingly ordinary people can have when they are truly dedicated to their cause.
Went to a fundraising event in the spring and saw that everyone involved is really trying to make a difference and is genuinely interested in halping the children in India.
If you want to make a genuine difference in the lives of the poorest children in India, then this is the organization for you. The Board and volunteers are the most amazing people you have ever met - they have worked tirelessly since 2003 to provide education, access to health care, and lifesaving information on health awareness.
I have donated to this cause for over 6 years and witnessed it develop into an incredible organization aimed at women and children who are sold into sex trafficking/human slavery. Cents of Relief has made a tremendous impact on women and their children by constantly providing assistance programs in India. I have seen this organization's work firsthand as they provide constant updates about their ongoing projects. The project that heavily impressed me this year was the work they did for burn awareness. Cents of Relief created a burn comic that they distributed to individuals in the red-light areas. The clear illustrations and language has helped so many children cater to the burn wounds appropriately. I look forward to translating the burn comic into Urdu so that it can distributed more widely. This organization will continue to have my support as it helps so many women that cannot help themselves.
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 co-founded Cents of Relief in June 2003 while at the University of Florida. Anup Patel, a friend at the time, was in India working with children infected by HIV/AIDS for the summer. We exchanged emails about his experiences and were wondering what more we could do. Together we created programs that Anup could deliver to the children during the summer. Upon his return we wanted to do more and began to do fundraisers. We used the money we raised to work with other non-profits in delivering the health awareness workshops we created and decided to form Cents of Relief to help on a larger scale. Anup and I are dedicated to Cents of Relief for life to help ensure that all women and children of the world can be safe from human trafficking and slavery!