Finding Jaya, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh

When social worker Anjana called Jaya from Lalganj Kanjar Basti in Mirzapur, UP, she learned that Jaya and her family were running out of food.  Jaya was rescued from the Meerut red light area in 2016.  Anjana found it quite a challenge to reach the grocer near Jaya’s house. 

At first he didn't want to cooperate, so Jaya couldn’t get his number and pass it on to Anjana.  Then when Anjana finally got the grocer on the phone,  explained Jaya’s situation and asked for his account number so she could pay him online for food supplies,  he admitted he didn’t have an account. 

Fortunately, his brother had an account.  After getting his number,  she spoke to him and explained Jaya’s situation and asked for his account number.  He seemed confused because were two girls by the name of Jaya in the same village, which one wanted the food supplies?  Anjana described Jaya. He said he would go to Jaya’s house and Anajana could call and confirm if it was the correct girl. As soon as he messaged Anjana that he reached Jaya’s house,  she made a video call.   There were five girls in that house including a Jaya but it wasn’t the Jaya that Anjana was looking for. He went to the other Jaya’s house and handed over the provisions. When Anjana called Jaya, she shared that she and her family were happy to receive the provisions.  Anjana transferred the money to the grocer’s brother and thanked him for his help.


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