A rehabilitation center for girls who are victims of human trafficking will be set up in West Bengal's Howrah district, by the Diocese of Calcutta in continuance of its year long celebrations.
According to Bishop Ashoke Biswas, the residential establishment will equip the rescued minors in life skills and education to help them find a strong foothold in society.
"The rehab center will prepare the rescued trafficked girls for a normal life," Biswas said.
He was speaking at the screening of "Resonance of the Chronicle", a documentary showcasing the diocese's 200 years journey.
With an initial investment of around Rs.50 lakh, the rehab center will be set up at the premises of the now-defunct Cowley Memorial St. Monica's Girls' Primary School in Howrah and is expected to be completed by the year-end.
"We are refurbishing the building and converting it into a residential school. It will start with an initial capacity to house 25 girls," Nigel Pope of the diocese said.
"The aftercare center will help the girls deal with the trauma through counseling and spiritual guidance and will also help them with life skills and education," Pope said, adding the diocese will work in tandem with various social justice NGOs as facilitators.