The name of the Project, Adavu, is the word for a basic dance step in a form of traditional Indian dance. Each step is learned individually, before being combined into a beautiful and expressive dance; a dance made even more powerful when others join in.
Adavu’s strapline is ‘Small Steps, Transforming Lives’. Many people find the issue of modern slavery overwhelming; the name Adavu is a reminder that whether we are victims, survivors, practitioners or community members, modern slavery is a deeply complex issue which can only be tackled one step at a time; and in collaboration.
In this light, the values of the Adavu Project, in line with the Birmingham Methodist District, are to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice. The following values also underpin our work:
- Working in partnership with other organisations and agencies is crucial to achieving our aims and will make our work even more effective
- Individuals can be empowered to learn and achieve new ways of rebuilding their lives post-exploitation
- Systems and structures which prevent response can be changed through careful partnership engagement