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The Art Of Dreaming

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For many young women in iSanctuary’s program, dreams feel unattainable. People who have experienced depression, trauma, or abuse, know that formulating a dream for the future can be nearly impossible. For this reason, the Mumbai Sanctuary is practicing the art of dreaming.
It's easy to think that dreaming is something that always comes naturally to humans, but there is a surprising extent to which dreaming is a learned experience. At times, the young women in the Mumbai Sanctuary are unable to see beyond their present situation, so dreaming becomes something we learn and practice together.


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The Art Of Dreaming

Practicing An Art

For many young women in iSanctuary’s program, dreams feel unattainable.

People who have experienced depression, trauma, or abuse, know that formulating a dream for the future can be nearly impossible. For this reason, the Mumbai Sanctuary is practicing the art of dreaming.

It's easy to think that dreaming is something that always comes naturally to humans, but there is a surprising extent to which dreaming is a learned experience. At times, the young women in the Mumbai Sanctuary are unable to see beyond their present situation, so dreaming becomes something we learn and practice together.

Learning To Dream

Learning To Dream

Learning Expression

Recently, iSanctuary board member and leadership coach, Susan Cramm, visited the Mumbai Sanctuary.

Susan generously coaches our iSanctuary staff and interns to utilize their strengths and develop new skills. When she visited Mumbai in April, Susan coached the jewelry artisans on how to dream. We bought stacks of magazines, pulled out the scissors and glue, and everyone (artisans, staff, and interns) created inspiration boards to express their dreams!

Shaping The Future

The ladies had several days to complete their boards, and at the end of the week, we shared our boards and talked about our dreams together.

It was wonderful to see everyone excited about their future goals, sharing smiles and laughter together. For individuals who know the depth of depression, the celebration of a dream is a true miracle. Now, we're looking forward to working with the ladies as they break their dreams down into manageable goals and take steps toward accomplishing them!

Inspiration

Inspiration

Step By Step

For many young women at iSanctuary, dreams can feel like something that only comes to fruition in the movies.

But as a sister in the Sanctuary, the ladies are able to work as a family to help each other achieve their goals. As a staff, we support the young women by walking alongside them as they learn the art of dreaming, and what it means to achieve their dreams by setting goals and working towards them one step at a time.

Importance Of Options

Dreaming isn’t an easy activity when options are limited.

The only way to increase opportunity in our globally connected world is through the power of education. For many young women in the world, education is still a luxury and unattainable, with an estimated 62 million girls missing from the classroom. In 2010, the literacy gap in South Asia between men and women was 12.4%, while the global gap was only 5.2%. While the gap is closing globally, systemic choices to exclude girls from education will continue to place girls at a disadvantage in achieving their dreams.

Opening Doors

Opening Doors

Challenges

In India, this is particularly true, as the country is known for its low education standards, especially for those who fall outside of the elite.

Approximately half of rural schools don’t have toilets for girls, and only 48% of fifth grade students can read at a second grade level or answer a two-digit subtraction problem. If a person is allowed to pass by knowing only one-third of the information on an exam, is that person considered well educated or successful?

The Future

For the young women in the Mumbai Sanctuary, education is a growing priority, but remains a challenge as it competes for attention with earning money and solving immediate issues.

Staff and interns teach English and support the young women in their pursuits, but when volunteer tutors fail to show, it creates a void.

The Academy will fill this void by expanding educational offerings and help the young women create obtainable goals based on their current education level and what they strive for in their futures. A lofty goal of The Academy is to raise the girls’ pass rates on standardized tests to 75% - more than 40% higher than the nationally accepted pass rate of 33%.

I Know That!

I Know That!

You Can Help

We can see the impact of education in the Sanctuary already, with one of our young women attending law school, and others dreaming of careers that require a university education. The Academy will provide more young women with opportunities to learn.

Learn more about iSanctuary's new program The Academy and the vision to help young women rescued from human trafficking to regain their lost education.