Our project is focused on helping children who are vulnerable to the crisis in human trafficking, where children are either kidnapped or sold into virtual slavery – girls as prostitutes, boys as cheap labour. Without access to education, or the training and opportunity to become contributing members of society, these children remain trapped in poverty.
Expand a boarding/day school in the town of Kolhapur, India currently focused on providing free education and a supportive community environment for at risk children. Currently 30 students are enrolled in a school that will be moved to the permanent facilities. The land has been purchased and a German architectural firm has volunteered their services to develop the blueprints for the school structures. Its primary objectives are:
• Impart functional literacy (3 R’s) to boys and girls aged 6-14.
• Provide extracurricular activities that support the whole development of each child.
• Promote vocational education and training increasing employment prospects for each child.
• Provide a learning environment placing equal emphasis on the learning of the 3 R’s, inculcation of social consciousness, and a sense of values.
The school, modelled on Gandhian principles of simplicity and self-reliance, is structured to serve 100 boarding students, and 300 day students. The intention of the school is to create a set of local conditions and opportunities to enable village-based families to become self-sufficient as an intact family unit. This project aims to uplift the whole family, allowing the village community to become stronger, one family at a time, with dignity and self-reliance. This project is designed as a model that can be replicated throughout India and the world.