Udaan - Let's Give Them Wings to Fly
Udaan is a child labor prevention initiative of YouCanFreeUs created to serve children at risk of being trafficked or forced into child labor. Udaan, meaning flight in Hindi, is a child development center located in a slum community in Bhiwandi, India. Many children in this area work in garbage dumps, looking for plastic and metal items to sell for less than 50 cents a day. These toxic and hazardous conditions pose grave challenges to their health and development.
Our center has a learning-friendly environment with a play area for warm-up exercises and fun activities and a dining area for the children to have two nutritious meals daily. Each child in Udaan receives quality education and mentorship in a safe, beautiful facility with trained staff.
Sponsor a child today and give them wings to fly!
Udaan - Let's Give Them Wings to Fly
Highlights of Our Recent Work
YouCanFreeUs continues to grow with the newest beneficiaries in our Kolkata safe house. We have been working hard to increase our presence at the border of India, and in Ukraine, we have been providing relief to families impacted by the war. Read about our recent work here.Donate Now
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Our Rescues in 2022
Updated November 23, 2022
In 2022 we have had 15 rescues of women and children to date. Please come back to this space for updates on our rescues.Read More
Our Global Response
Our work focuses on victims of slavery including those trapped in commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
Our holistic approach to rehabilitation includes programs for literacy, education, vocational training, individual and group therapy, medical care, physical fitness, and life skills training.
Through our network of strategic intervention hubs, safe houses, and training centers, our fight is to bring freedom, hope, and restoration to victims of modern slavery and deliver innovative ways to reduce the global slavery footprint.
Libertas – A Youth Resource on Modern Slavery
Modern Slavery is an epidemic that demands international attention. According to the United Nations, it is the world’s fastest-growing crime – generating about $150 billion a year in illegal profits.
The interactive chapters in this book are designed to equip young people with important facts and tools to guard them against becoming victims and encourage them to take a stand.
Libertas is available for purchase in paperback format and as an eBook too.
There are many ways you can help us. You can make a donation, volunteer to work with us, or even start your own social media fundraiser to get contributions from your network.
By helping, you are holding the ropes for us as we go deep to rescue those in slavery. Your donation of any amount can make an impact in the fight against modern slavery. Thank you for making a difference.
Featured Project - Mumbai
Mumbai, the financial and cultural capital of India, always draws young people from around the country who are often lured into the city with the hope of jobs, modeling contracts, or work in the world’s largest movie industry – Bollywood. Some of the largest red-light districts of the world exist in India. Mumbai has nine red-light districts: Kamathipura, Grant Road, Turbhe, Sonapur, Bhiwandi, Malwani, Vasai, Mira Road, and Panvel.
Our work begins with surveillance and mapping of red-light districts. Through our network of informants, our dedicated rescue staff plans and executes rescue operations with the help of local law enforcement. Following the rescue, women, girls, and children are brought to our safe houses for their long-term psychosocial care. Our partnerships with local governments and the justice system often make us the preferred aftercare facility in Mumbai.
Anti Child Labor
Child labor is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood and the opportunity to attend school, and that is harmful to their physical and mental development. Through its 2017 findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, the US Department of Labor reveals that 152 million children are involved in child labor – but nearly half of those, 73 million, are engaged in hazardous conditions.
Child labor is one of the biggest humanitarian crises plaguing India. Several million children in this country have been deprived of a proper childhood and ruthlessly exploited, due to the widespread demand for cheap labor.
To combat this, YouCanFreeUs aims at rescuing and protecting these young victims of modern slavery, as well as offering them opportunities for rehabilitation and education. Since 2019, we have a dedicated anti-child labor team that works in partnership with law enforcement and governmental agencies.