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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, International, International Human Rights, International Relief, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Sanlaap North America rescues, shelters and empowers victims of human trafficking

Results: The construction of our shelter, school and vocational training center is almost complete! We currently support girls in a leased shelter.

Target demographics: Young girls (8-16) in India's red light districts

Geographic areas served: India, New York

Programs: Project Rehabilitation - shelter for trafficking survivors Empowerment Collection - economic rehabilitation for trafficking survivors Project MD - mobile medical care for the girls still living in India's brothels

Community Stories

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful and important organization! Through its creativity and perseverance, Sanlaap North America is helping to educate and protect women in India!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization with a great cause!! They really take pride in helping others, espeically for the females in need! Its a life-changing experience for the females and being able to achieve employment from their previous situation is amazing for their own independence and well-being!

Donor

Rating: 5

I interacted with the volunteers of Zesa/Sanlaap NA on numerous occassions. I have also donated to the cause because of how touched I was with the work they were doing and progress they were making. This organization does phenomenal work and I personally hope to volunteer with them to help make a difference

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an organization that strives to help young girls in India and protect them against the evils of the world. This organization should be so proud of the work they are doing and has come such a long way in a small amount of time. Keep up the amazing work that you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA has come such a long way in such a short amount of time. I'm very proud to be a donor and advocate of their work. What stands out most to me is their passion and commitment to really make an impact on the ground, an impact that is felt and experienced by the girls they are working to save. I trust what they do and how they do it, which is particularly important for me as a donor. I look forward to continue supporting their work and to see how expansive they become in the years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am inspired and moved by the transformative work that Sanlaap North America is doing. Its commitment to save the lives of young girls forced into the horrors of child-sex trafficking in and prostitution in India is so huge and so palpable. Their work is transformative specifically because they are skilled in creating new possibilities for their girls and their lives. Plus, you know an organization means serious business when 99% of its funds go directly to the girls themselves! That speaks volumes. I've attended several fundraising events, and not only are they well-attended and well-organized, but they also do an excellent job in raising awareness within the general public about this global epidemic. I will continue to be a proud supporter of Sanlaap.

Aneena D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both volunteer and donor, I know firsthand that Sanlaap is a fantastic organization comprised of highly motivated, smart, and friendly people! Sanlaap strives to make an impact in helping these young girls take back their freedom! Proud to be on the team!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an organization that touches the heart. It reaches out to young girls who really need help, youngsters in Calcutta that don’t have a chance without a home, the love, the care, the training, and the mentoring provided by his organization. Every fundraiser that I have attended has been informative and organized. I love knowing that the money I have donated is going to TRULY help women rebuild their self-esteem and create a better life. Sanlaap provides a second chance to achieve something they never thought could happen. I look forward to volunteering and hearing the progress of these beautiful women.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization! The organization has made tremendous contributions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

after learning of this organization in the past few months, i have become exceptionally impressed with their work in a cause that for whatever reason does not receive adequate attention throughout the world. it is not easy to recover from any sort of trauma (physical or mental), so i am very impressed by sanlaap's ability to positively impact the lives of former victims and help them return to normal lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Sanlaap NA for some time now and have seen the impact they have made on the girls they help to rescue and rehabilitate. It is truly remarkable.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an incredibly inspiring organization. Sanlaap's work and mission is honorable and heart-warming. They are making major strides to bring attention to a major world problem and help rescue and rebuild the lives and spirits of so many young girls.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In just 5 years Sanlaap NA has made a huge difference. The organization has brought much needed attention to the sex trafficking in India and life changing resources to survivors. This is my favorite non profit because of their dedication, efficacy, and integrity. Great job everyone involved in Sanlaap NA and Zesa. Keep up the wonderful work. I will always support your mission. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the organization earlier this year and have been continuously impressed with the dedication of the volunteers and the ingenuity of planned initiatives and events. Not all organizations take the time and effort to be transparent about the beneficiaries of their work, and representatives of Sanlaap have always been happy to share this information with me. Well done!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm so impressed by the work that Sanlaap North America is doing through Zesa. I bought one of their bracelets from the Brooklyn Bazaar a few months ago. It was beautiful and I was happy to support an organization that trains women in need and pays a fair wage.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I started volunteering at Sanlaap NA and i got to see, firsthand, the passion and tireless efforts (from all the volunteers, especially the President, Sindhura Sarikonda) to not only rescue but help in rebuilding the lives and spirits of all these young survivors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I never gave much thought to sex trafficking until I came to one of Sanlaap NA’s events, a little under 2 years ago. It was during the event that I finally got some insight into how serious this problem is, and how the plight of these young women in India needs to be acknowledged and how much their voices need to be heard. It was through Sanlaap’s efforts in which I was finally able to find a way to help these young women and knowing that only 1% of SNA’s revenue went toward expenses ensured that the money I was donating was going to the right place. The people at SNA are working tirelessly to bring light to such a serious and heinous problem in India and I know that this is only the beginning.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that truly show results through there action and mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is a wonderful organization working towards a very noble cause. Sanlaap not only rescues victims of human trafficking, but also houses them and educates them in order to permanently change their lives in a sustainable fashion. This organization is making a huge difference in the most serious global human rights issue facing us today. I commend their goals, success stories and advocacy, and I look forward to volunteering for them in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is a great organization that supports a noble mission. I attended an event hosted by Sanlaap NA recently in NYC, and I commend the board members for their ability to generate such a large turnout to spread awareness for their cause. Human trafficking is a real issue across the world and one that doesn't receive enough attention. I highly recommend this organization for their dedication and I look forward to future events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an amazing organization that really sheds light on an issue that doesn't get enough attention. The board has worked really hard on raising awareness of the reality of human trafficking and has worked extremely hard to raise enough money to make real changes in these women's lives. I commend you on all the hard work you guys put into this organization.

Greg31

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of attending an event sponsored by Sanlaap NA, and it opened my eyes to the widespread issue of human trafficking. The stories shared were heart-wrenching, and have definitely peaked my awareness of this tragic reality. Saanlap NA uses the money donated to fund shelter, food, clothing, medication and education for women and children who are victims of trafficking. The founders are extremely passionate about the cause, and do a great job spreading awareness and educating the public about the injustice of human trafficking. I highly recommend becoming involved in this organization, as it serves to protect basic human rights.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is a moving and dedicated charitable organization. The board members have been so thoroughly proactive in promoting their cause to fight against sex trafficking and their passion clearly shows through their efforts. I believe their attitudes and actions will be a clear motivator for others to participate and dedicate their time to this cause. I look forward to donating to this charity now and in the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is a very important organization to help girls against sex-trafficking. I have been following some of their projects and very excited about the progress they have made with the shelters in India. The board members are very receptive to ideas and are always looking for volunteers who want to donate not only their money but also time. This is definately a charity to get more involved in.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization, I am very glad that these group of people have been able to make such progress in a short amount of time. It is not easy starting a non-profit and the team has put in a lot of time and efforts to drive success. I attended their last event and it was very well-done, I look forward to working with Sanlaap NA in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended a fundraising event in nyc and Sanlaap did an excellent job in bringing awareness about human trafficking. I would continue to support this non-profit and I hope they continue to organize events that would further help this cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap Na is a very inspiring nonprofit. I attended Sanlaap Na's fundraiser in April and was astounded by the creative yet hard-hitting video they showed in order to spread awareness about human trafficking. I want to start my own nonprofit because of them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has the potential to make a huge impact on society. Sexual trafficking is a prevalent issue that not enough people have taken action to fix. Sanlaap empowers women and makes the world a safer place to them through various means. I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors and I hope to one day get involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an incredible organization. This issue often goes unnoticed and it's wonderful to see people paying attention to it. This problem is pretty widespread in India, and needs organizations like Sanlaap to alleviate the widespread suffering.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization with spectacular goals. It's nice to see people out there shedding light on such important topics. I would recommend this to any person; it is an extremely prominent problem in the world and I am so happy to see that people are working towards bettering the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is great! I would recommend this to anyone. Great nonprofit! Very helpful and great goals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is a truly compassionate and highly effective organization. They are doing such important work by fighting against human trafficking and sex slavery in India. The organizers behind this wonderful charity are competent, capable, motivated and compassionate in their work and have been incredibly effective and successful in just their first few years of existence. As a donor I'm at ease knowing that almost all of the money collected (99%) goes to helping these girls through shelter, education and rehabilitation. I will definitely continue to support Sanlaap for years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an absolutely amazing organization that sheds light on human trafficking in South and Southeast Asia and that works extremely hard to help teach these girls girls skills that will help them to stand up on their own two feet to escape their awful pasts. Sanlaap gives them a new home and the ability to better themselves and to value their own lives. The video that was shown at the Sanlaap Event at 1Oak on 3/23/2013 was extremely moving because it shows how far these girls and women (who were previously in the sex trade) have come thanks to the amazing leadership of Sanlaap. In addition, the fact that 99% of the donations reach the girls and only 1% used for events is extremely impressive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is an outstanding organization which effectively contributes to society. Its mission to fight against the trafficking of women and children in India is accomplished in numerous ways, such as providing education, shelter, and mentorship for the victims. Its ability to truly assist these women who are in need, make it one of the best non-profit organizations in the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is by far one of the most impressive organizations I have worked with. Sanlaap members have identified a significant issue that has not been recognized as much as warranted. This is far more than your average charity; I look forward to helping out in any way possible to help reach out to the young girls in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is a very impressive organization whose mission and achievements thus far are wonderful. The charity events are enjoyable, board members are very passionate, and every fundraiser has been very informative and organized. The money is going for a great cause, and I look forward to volunteering and making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is an incredible nonprofit organization that shed light on an issue I was had very little knowledge regarding. The organization is making enormous strides in giving young girls a voice by providing education and the necessary resources to allow them to be independent, more confident in themselves and self-sufficient. I'm thoroughly impressed by the organizations hard work and dedication in raising awareness for their cause. The members are passionate and its shows through there hard work. I look forward to attending more events and pledging more to the powerful cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In very large, developing countries such as India and China, people are more likely to be disregarded by their community. Sanlaap North America is making great efforts to reduce the number of women and children being disregarded by their community and used for commercial and sexual exploitation. This organization's dedication is truly inspiring and their hard work should be greatly appreciated throughout the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

What is impressive about Sanlaap NA is that they have been able to use the great majority of donated funds to actually improving the lives of women who have otherwise been disregarded by their communities. One can feel proud to contribute to such a worthy cause when you hear the personal stories of those who have benefited from this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is an incredible nonprofit organization that is shedding light on sex-trafficking issues and is making enormous strides in giving young girls a voice by providing education and the necessary resources to allow them to be independent and self-sufficient. The organizations hard work and dedication in raising awareness for their cause is something to be truly revered. Not only is strong advocacy part of the organization's repertoire, but bringing about positive change is also part of their agenda -- seen by the many girls that have already been given a chance at a new life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is truly an amazing organization as its purpose is to fight against the trafficking of women and children for exploitation by raising awareness and encouraging others to take action, while providing education, shelter, and counseling for the victims.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is an amazing organization, making a real difference in the lives of women and girls in Southeast Asia. Unlike many nonprofits, Sanlaap NA only uses 1% of their proceeds towards expenses allowing them to make a significant and long-lasting impact in the movement against trafficking. It is inspiring to see such a passionate board and group of volunteers working so hard to further their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is a powerful organization filled with a team of extremely dedicated leaders. Their efforts work towards helping, saving and empowering women in Southeast Asia affected by sex trafficking. They are doing everything in their power to make it safer for thousands of girls and women to live their daily lives. They should be very proud of their efforts as an organization and continue to make great strides.

Ridhi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

nowadays its rare to find an organization like Sanlaap where all of the volunteers are so dedicated and passionate about the cause. Sanlaap = An absolutely wonderful group of people doing wonderful things for women that truly need the help after they have been through things that shouldn't even exist.

Navid R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a great organization with a hard working board that I have seen make great strides!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization and a worthy cause - absolutely should be the first destination for someone looking to get involved in making the world a better place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is a great organization that is dedicated to women and girls from South East Adia. Sanlaap is helping them feel safer and spreads the word against violence.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is a great organization that has quickly spread the word about this worthwhile cause. The board members are hard working, dedicated, and extremely motivated to help these women in India.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization's dedication to protecting the women of India is truly inspiring. Their work and achievements have made a significant impact, and I believe that they deserve more recognition. Their multiple missions and goals will change the world for the better if achieved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap has a holistic approach to combat Indian sex-trafficking. Its mission spans providing health care, to changing social stigmas, to education, and empowerment. The organization focuses not only on rescue missions to save the women and girls from this dangerous, and unfortunate line of work, but it also has built a shelter in Kolkata that aims to teach 8-18 year old girls vocational skills in jewelry design and textiles. The leadership team of Sanlaap NA works tirelessly and frequents the shelters several times a year.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is a great organization with a great cause. As a male NYU student, I appreciate the amount of fortune I have to be in my position, and I am horrified to see the conditions of places where women are commercially and sexually exploited. Sanlaap North America fights human trafficking, and it not only provides shelter, but also teaches independence and freedom.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great community dedicated to educating women and girls at risk to commercial and sexual trafficking. It provides the resources to educate women on being independent and influential voices of their community. Their efforts have made a significant contribution to the movement against trafficking.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sunlaap just doesn't just provide shelter to victims, it teaches girls how to be independent and important members of society thereafter. Dependence is a large part of constant victimization and Sunlaap not only recognizes that, it acts to break that chain by teaching these girls skills and possible employment to support themselves.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap gives hope and opportunity to many young women to better their lives. The hard working, motivated group of board members have done an amazing job, in a such a short period of time, giving a voice to this cause. I look forward to supporting future Sanlaap events.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Sanlaap NA through their project rehabilitation program which provides food, medical care and education for girls who were rescued. They focus on vocational training and providing the girls with as much as they can. It is also good to know that Sanlaap only uses 1% of their funds on operating costs and the rest towards their projects. Sanlaap NA has done a great job over the last few years and I am looking forward to see what other great movements they will make.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA has done a great job in reaching out to the young professional population of NYC Metro area with their most recent event at 1OAK. They have been involved with the NYU Community and worked with multiple student organizations to promote and raise awareness for victims of sex trafficking. It has differentiated itself by working with the student population and create a movement on the metro and university level. Working with them proved seamless and it has been a pleasure, we look forward to future events with Sanlaap.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Board members are passionate and hard-working, making the organization efficient and meaningful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA is a wonderful organization and has given many young women a chance to live a better life. They are fighting for an important cause and have created much awareness along the way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is an amazing organization with a great philanthropy. Sanlaap should see recognition for all the hard work and dedication the wonderful team have put in to help women and young children in India. We all have a busy lifestyle whether its school or work and seeing this lovely team dedicate a good amount of time out of their lives to help make a difference in someone's life in India deserves attention in my book!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap North America is an amazing organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of the sex trafficking issue that is so often ignored. I recently attended an event hosted by Sanlaap NA. I didn't know much about their contribution, but after viewing an inspirational video, I soon learned how they are impacting the lives of so many young women in India. Not only are they providing a safe place for these abused women but offering them education and useful tools so they are able to find a new purpose outside of what they were wrongfully forced into. Being a woman that has many opportunities in life and education, I truly admire the work this team has done for Women's Rights.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is doing excellent work and deserves recognition! They are making it safer for the girls and women all over to feel safe and live their life!

Amie S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap is an organization supporting a great cause with an amazing team of motivated individuals who are helping to serve the population to better the lives of underprivileged people.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen this charity grow over the last 3 years with the continued efforts of the board members who are truly dedicated to the cause. Sanlaap NA has made a huge difference in the lives of many girls in India.

Rishi2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is doing great things! The team is very motivated to make a difference!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sanlaap NA has a great team of motivated and smart individuals that have been working hard to improve the lives of many young women in India. I look forward to seeing how their continued efforts create change in India and around the world.

Neehan S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Overall, great organization with a wonderful cause it's supporting.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is quite impressive what Sanlaap has been able to do in India. They are a well run, transparent, and organized group, accomplishing much with efficient resource allocation. I would highly recommend anyone to invest their time and money working with this group. They are truly making differences for people who desperately need it.