ESCAPING CYCLES OF POVERTY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
CHILDCARE & EDUCATION
Children Homes were started to provide a safe space, loving care, healthy food and good quality English medium education for children at-risk. Today, we support 21 homes catering to children from various difficult backgrounds including – orphans, semi orphans, children from backgrounds of commercial sex trade, and children from families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Each home has 10 children who are looked after by a loving house mom and a service staff. The children not only receive care and hope at the homes but are also encouraged to excel at school and in other extra-curricular activities. Many have gone on to successfully graduate high school, often topping classes and receiving scholarships.
Tuition Centers were set up to help children of parents who couldn’t help their kids with after school homework. Hyderabad is a city with a large migrant population – many working long hours and often illiterate. Research indicated that children who did not receive after-school help from their parents were more likely to drop out of school.
The Centers were set up to provide an alternative, encouraging students to stay in school and successfully graduate. We support 23 Tuition Centers with 25-30 students each. Each center has a well qualified teacher who spends two hours every day after class hours to help students with homework and any other course related doubts and questions.
Back to School Program
Children are often pulled out of school when fathers die due to work-related accidents, terminal illnesses, suicides due to mounting debt and extreme poverty. The mothers left behind are often unable to earn enough to keep the kids in school, ultimately leading to school dropout. The Back to School Program identifies such children and helps them pay the school fee required to keep them in school until the mother is able to support her children. Often, mothers of children in the Back to School Program also go through employable skill training courses and are eventually able to support their kids themselves.