leader of impact award 2013 - Winner
2013 Leader of Impact Award Recipient: Smarita Sengupta
Founder and director, destiny Foundation, india
We are proud to announce Smarita Sengupta, GWLN 2010 graduate, as the 2013 Leader of Impact Award recipient. As the Founder and Director of Destiny Foundation in India, Smarita’s mission is to end human trafficking and slavery.
Women and girls who are rescued from brothels are placed in safe houses, receive vocational training and become gainfully employed in dignified working conditions. Success is measured by each survivor who becomes economically self-sufficient and lives independently. Download Smarita’s success story and watch her presentation at the 2013 Leader of Impact Awards Ceremony.
LIberation of the Sold Soul
Essay Written by Smarita Sengupta
Destiny Foundation is making a difference in the world one girl at a time. Our mission is to end sex trafficking and slavery through the economic empowerment of women.
Destiny Foundation combats human trafficking by providing an alternative livelihood and supplemental education to women. We employ women who are at high risk of being trafficked while living in brothels, red light areas and shelter homes. Destiny hires survivors and places them away from trafficked areas. We then provide them with vocational training in sewing and textiles. When girls master the skills of sewing and textiles, they are offered a position at Destiny Reflection. Through this employment, women are able to become economically self-sufficient under dignified working conditions.
Many women have benefitted from Destiny. Some are currently employed either full-time or part-time, some are entrepreneurs with their own businesses, and others are happily married. One of the major milestones I have achieved is being able to reach out to other organizations located worldwide. Because of this, Destiny has raised the awareness of sex trafficking.