Odanadi was founded 20 years ago by two former journalists, Stanly and Parashuram. They were researching a story on the streets of Mysore, when a chance meeting with a prostituted woman called Radhamma changed their lives forever...
'Radhamma looked us in the eye and said, "Do you think any woman would choose this life?" We discovered that many women like her were trading sex in exchange for a bowl of rice to feed their children – not through choice. Her words haunted us for days. We couldn't shake the feeling that we should be trying to give these women and their children the chance of a better future – and Odanadi blossomed from there.
Radhamma eventually became a prominent women's rights campaigner and her son is now working as a lawyer in Bangalore. Sadly, she died of HIV a few years later, but her work changed the lives of thousands of other women. We left our jobs, built Odanadi from the ground up, and dedicated our lives to combatting human trafficking, gender-based violence and child exploitation.
This path we've chosen hasn't been easy, but the prevention of human suffering is a global concern, regardless of caste, colour or geographical boundaries. Our lives have taught us that reaching out to another human being is the greatest happiness in the world.'
Stanly & Parashuram
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