This morning Adoreum’s Thought Leadership Series welcomed Clare Mathias, Founder of the Hummingbird Trust. The Hummingbird Trust funds programmes primarily in the marginalised, slum communities of Kolkata, India where there is a high incidence of human trafficking.
The Dorchester Hotel hosted us with a delicious breakfast spread whilst Clare explained how her life journey led her to create the trust. Clare described that with 13,000 people that have been trafficked in the UK alone, and an industry that is bigger than that of drugs or arms, she was inspired to start the trust as a project for her and her family to focus on together.
Like the beak of a Hummingbird, the Trust focuses on hard to reach areas, making an investment in social returns. Working mostly on prevention in ‘source’ areas (those where the trafficked girls usually come from), Clare explained that the Hummingbird trust strategically partners with local NGOs and India’s vibrant civil society, particularly focusing on those that address the cultural and gender differences in the community that allow human trafficking to be so prevalent. The Trust aims to mobilise grassroots communities, educating particularly young males, to create bottom up systemic change.
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