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mike martinez  eisradio.org

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Sonu is part of Khushi projects, the after school program that houses Fearless Beauty. Last year he was playing outside with his friends and a vat of acid fell onto him burning most of his face and chest. He asked if I could put a picture of him online to try and find a doctor that can help reduce some of his scars.

Baba walking around Shishamjhari this afternoon.

***IMPORTANT PLEASE READ***
This is Roshni. Roshni was left behind by her family at a very young age. For the last few years she's been living in and out of homes and shelters in a village in the state of Jharkhand. The village has no power, no running water, and the nearest road is 12 km away. Due to the extreme poverty compounded with the fact that large portions of the land are becoming Maoist war zones this area has become a hotbed for human trafficking. Women like Roshni generally have two options, become a domestic servant (aka a slave) or get forced into sex trafficking. A 2013 UN report identified Jharkhand "as one of the most vulnerable states for trafficking of Women and children.
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Roshni was found by a man named Ranjeet who is working with a govt. program to help women escape. He spent a year working with Roshni to help her get acclimated to simple things like running water and electricity. She then took a train for 3 days across India, alone, just to come and learn how to cut hair.
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In talking with Roshni today her plight isn't so much about freeing herself but more so an opportunity to share her knowledge and empower her friends back in her village.
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Next week I'll be traveling to Jharkhand to meet Ranjeet and hopefully help create a path so he can send more women to the school.
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To donate and help support Roshni and other young women like her go to fearlessbeauty.org
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Fearless Beauty is a true 501-c3 Non Profit that empowers women by providing education, mentorship, and support in the beauty business allowing these young women to earn a sustainable income for themselves and their families.
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Had the day off from class due to a holiday. Took the motorbike for a ride along the Ganges into the Himalayas.

"India's poverty absorbs everything and uniquely reinvents it, reincarnates it, and decorates it." - AA Gill

Thanks to Fearless Beauty, Selma got a job doing Mendhi at a local Beauty Parlour! When her training is over they will consider her for a full time job doing hair.
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It's only their second week with scissors and they've already jammed through one-length haircuts. I'm posting more from the classroom on the Fearless Beauty account.
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