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Akshata Jivoji (left) and Malashri Kamble perform their morning prayers in their hostel room at Vimochana Sangha's school for the children of Devadasis in Malabad, India. The Devadasi system is an ancient system of religiously-sanctioned prostitution. Because the belief is that all female children of Devadasis should themselves become Devadasis, the school was created to remove the children from the culture in which this practice took place and instead offer them an education. All students receive free tuition, books, uniforms, food and medical care. Graduates have gone on to become teachers, nurses, engineers etc.

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Akshata Jivoji (left) and Malashri Kamble perform their morning prayers in their hostel room at Vimochana Sangha's school for the children of Devadasis in Malabad, India.  The Devadasi system is an ancient system of religiously-sanctioned prostitution.  Because the belief is that all female children of Devadasis should themselves become Devadasis, the school was created to remove the children from the culture in which this practice took place and instead offer them an education.  All students receive free tuition, books, uniforms, food and medical care. Graduates have gone on to become teachers, nurses, engineers etc.