External evaluation of the pilot project, which focused on rehabilitation and prevention, fully confirmed its relevance, efficiency and effectiveness and underlined the immensity of the need for care and rehabilitation of Sumangali victims. The evaluation noted that the number of Sumangali victims supported in the pilot phase was almost ten times higher than originally predicted.
The evaluation confirmed the project’s approach to rehabilitation. Measures such as reintegration into formal schooling, vocational training and capacity building to boost self-confidence have been shown to be effective in reducing the recruitment of girls under the Sumangali system.
The achievements of the first phase include:
- Around 10,000 girls and young women freed from Sumangali contracts and placed in schools and training centres;
- The health of those involved improved in 100% of the cases cared for;
- Comprehensive psychological support for Sumangali victims.