Project Rescue began in 1997 when K.K. Devaraj and team members from Bombay Teen Challenge went to Falkland Road in the red-light district of Mumbai, India, with a passion to reach a young generation ensnared by drugs, gangs, and prostitution. Their ministry team was stunned to find an estimated 100,000 women and children living in sexual slavery, many of whom had been sold by their impoverished families from North India and Nepal.
In this first encounter, over 100 women were challenged to new life in Jesus Christ. However because they were in slavery they could not leave, but instead they asked K.K. Deveraj to take 37 of their little daughters to a place of safety in order to prevent them from a life of prostitution.
So out of that night Project Rescue and Bombay Teen Challenge created a safe aftercare home. The shelter became a secure environment where meals were shared, homework completed, clean beds provided. Most importantly the children were introduced to a heavenly Father who loves them and has good purposes for them.
1997 - Project Rescue is founded. Our first site is established in Mumbai, India
1998 - Site established in Eastern India, our second site in India
1998 - Site established in Nepal
2001 - Site established in Western India.
2003 - Site established in Central India
2009 - Site established in Moldova
2009 - Second site established in Central India
2010 - Site established in Tajikistan
2011 - Site established in Bangladesh
2011 - Second site established in Western India
2012 - Site established in Spain
2014 - Site established in France
Last year, Project Rescue ministered to over 40,000 women and children impacted by sexual slavery. In India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Moldova, Tajikistan, Spain and France Project Rescue partners work to bring the love of Jesus Christ to prostituted women and children at risk. Through aftercare homes, vocational training, afterschool programs, night care shelters, HIV/Aids and medical clinics, red light district churches and Sunday schools, and awareness and prevention programs women and children are being rescued and restored.
Over the past 20 years Project Rescue has seen God miraculously work on behalf of women and children in the darkness of sexual slavery. The strongest ministry staff today are former madams and young women who themselves found freedom up to 20 years ago through the ministry. Join with us on the journey as women and children find true freedom and healing in Christ!