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GERONIMO Fights, Child Labor and Child Prostitution in India

January 2004
GERONIMO Fights, Child Labor and Child Prostitution in India

Like Geronimo, the legendary Apache warrior who is fabled to have looked for the toughest part of a battle to fight in, the young Atlanta-based Geronimo Funds is a charitable organization that does not shy away from going into the trenches where it is needed the most.

A luncheon presentation held at the Palace Restaurant and Banquet Hall on December 6th introduced the organization to key guests from the Indian community. Raj Shah a veteran of the community and President of Universal VAT Services introduced the principals of Geronimo Funds (GF), Jack Alexander and Shannon Sedgwick. Shah shared his confidence in and enthusiasm for the organization's valuable work done in India.

Jack Alexander then shared the motivation and vision behind GF which appropriates a large portion of their charitable projects in India in some of the most daunting areas such as bonded slavery and child prostitution. Because the operational expenses are donated by Geronimo Investments, LLC., a company where Alexander serves as Chairman and CEO, 100% of the funds donated to GF are used towards the projects on hand.

According to Alexander, what further distinguishes them from other organizations is their emphasis on due diligence. Both principals, Alexander and Sedgwick, have spent extensive time in India right at the forefronts of where their work is concentrated. From stone quandaries to brothels, they have seen the abuse and depravity and have wrangled with the systems. Through the involvement of GF over 1000 Indian citizens have been freed from bonded slavery, and over 100 female children ? some as young as five years old ? have been released from forced prostitution.

Shannon Sedgwick shared a moving film about some of those who had been freed. She then fielded questions from guests, many of whom voiced their appreciation for the work of Geronimo Funds, even as they acknowledged the urgent need to fight such baneful social problems in an otherwise progressive India.

For more information or to get involved, please email: shannon.sedgwick@geronimo.com or visit www.geronimofunds.org


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