Who We Are

Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective is an anti-trafficking organization that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai that is also one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. We operate three programs: Umeed for women in brothel-based prostitution (ages 18+), Udaan for daughters of Umeed members and other girls living in the red light area (ages 5-18), and Umang for toddlers of Umeed members and other children living in the red light area (ages 2.5-5 yrs). By providing our members with the tools and resources to create a better quality of life, we seek to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters. Since 1998, we have served more than 2,800 women and children. Our alumni have earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees and entered respected professions like accounting, beauty, business process outsourcing, dance, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, medical compounding, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching. Read more »»


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GuideStar India NGO Gold Award (Advanced Level)

Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) was awarded the GuideStar India NGO Transparency Award (Advanced Level) for 2016. The Award aims to encourage and recognize organizations that practice and voluntarily demonstrate their transparency and accountability in the public domain. Out of the 717 applicants throughout India, to the four levels of award, AAWC was amongst 51 other awardees in Advanced Level (GuideStar India Gold) recognition. The award was facilitated on 27th September 2016.

AAWC strongly believes in nurturing effective communication and transparency between the organisation and stakeholders is very essential to our work and we are therefore very pleased to be recognised for our transparency. Much of the information is available on our GuideStar page also on our website for the overall access, as it was also required for the award process.

GuideStar India, an initiative of the Civil Society Services India, is the country’s largest database of NGOs. Using a bottom-up approach to collect information about all Indian NGO’s, GuideStar India encourages organizations to embrace transparency of information in public domain. GuideStar India plays a vital role in helping non-profit and philanthropic work grow, building a major network between NGO’s and interested parties.

Following is the link to access the details of the awards:


Project Inspire

Project Inspire is a "5 Minutes to Change the World" joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, to help young Change makers create a better world for Women & Girls in Asia Pacific.

Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) has been selected as Semi-finalists and currently is in Crowd funding stage. The names of finalists will be declared on 20th October 2016.

For more information, you can visit the website :


Daan Utsav

Daan Utsav is India’s ‘festival of giving’. Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year – commencing on Gandhi Jayanti – from October 2nd to 8th. From all spheres of the society, people come together to give their time, money, resources or skills back to the society during this week.

Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) has participated in Daan Utsav with its both offline and online fundraising initiatives, to empower the women & children in the red light area of Mumbai. A small stall will be placed in the premises of Indian Oil Petrol pump near Telecom Factory, Deonar for motivating people to give generously towards AAWCs cause. The online fundraising campaign with the support of Impact Guru, can be accessed from following link: