Update on Projects
Children’s Hope India Girls School / Educate a Child
The number of girls that drop out of school in India in higher primary grades is alarming. Primary school education up to grade 5 is provided in government schools free of cost. For higher grades, parents send fewer girls to school because of limited resources, the need to keep girls at home to help take care of siblings and do household chores, and social pressures against educating girls.
Given CHI’s firm conviction that education holds the key in eliminating poverty, we believe it is imperative that girls are empowered through education. CHI, with the support of generous donors, has established the Children’s Hope India Girls School in Bhopal, which will be operated by Jeev Sewa Sansthan and will provide the following:
- Quality education to approximately 800 girls from grade 5th to 12th
- English medium of instruction
- Medical and nutritional support, sports and arts programs
- Involve parents through PTAs
- Employ and train high caliber teachers
CHI’s “Educate a Child” program will transition to the CHI Girls School upon its opening in March 2018.
For more photos of the school, click here.
Jeev Sewa Sansthan / Educate a Child
CHI provides educational support for over 200 underprivileged children in two secondary schools in the Gandhinagar area: Laxmidevi Vikyomal Schroff School for girls and Prerna Kiran Public School for boys. The education program includes tuition, books, and uniforms. We also fund the Sprouts Nutrition Program at the schools, which provides a mid-day meal to all children (currently over 1,000 per day), and a medical dispensary, serving over 3,000 students as well as the Gandhinagar community. This medical clinic offers general check-ups as well as dental and eye clinics. In total over 3,000 children are impacted by this program.
CHI’s “Educate a Child” program raises funds to support these underprivileged children in Bhopal. To learn more, please click here.
Hope Foundation Nursery & Primary School
After an earthquake, Children’s Hope India helped the Hope Foundation rebuild this school, and we have continued to support it going forward. The school educates 426 children from Kindergarten through 8th grade (ages 3-14 years), 40% of whom are girls. The school focuses on lessons beyond the classroom, incorporating intuitive learning software to instill creativity in the classroom, teacher training, field trips, extracurricular activities, festival and holiday celebrations, and a focus on health and hygiene.
In partnership with the Kasturi Trust, CHI supports two schools in the slums of Hyderabad: Nandanavanam and Manikeshwari Nagar for Classes I – X. This true “cradle to career” program provides for formal and non-formal education, skills training, eye, dental and ENT camps, and nutritional programs for children living in poverty. Scholarships are awarded to meritorious students who wish to continue their education. We are also funding physical education and meditation programs (the latter in conjunction with the David Lynch Foundation). Approximately 550 children’s lives are changed for the better by this program.
Over 5,000 families live in refugee camps in Jagati. These families left Kashmir to escape ethnic violence. CHI, along with Sharika Trust, entered a partnership with the local government to revamp a primary school that was in shambles, causing enrollment to plummet.
The Jammu school has seen a 3-fold increase in enrollment since the refurbished school opened. The renovations have transformed the school. Many features have been added including a nursery program, a play-ground, and a Computer Center. A mid-day meal program was incorporated. Enrollment has increased from 65 to 190 children due to these successes.
Children’s Hope India recognizes that some children need a different kind of support, particularly those who are orphaned and/or have special needs. Shishur Sevay is a home for life for orphan girls at risk, some having profound disabilities, all living inclusively as a family. It also includes an inclusive school, Ichche Dana Inclusive Learning Center, providing a supportive environment for children with traumatic histories. Shishur Sevay was created to demonstrate what could be done for children taken from a government institution.
CHI supports 15 girls at this life-changing program. Children that are differently abled do not have many avenues for growth and development. Shishur Sevay is unique, as it takes children that families cannot care for and gives them a loving, nurturing, and rewarding life. Individualized programs meet the extremely varied needs of the girls with respect to education, social skills, and rehabilitation. Innovative learning approaches and technological tools such as an eye tracker called Tobii Dynavox PCEye Go have opened a new world for children with cerebral palsy. The hope is that in the future, the girls will be able to use computers via their eye tracking.
Society for Children’s Welfare
For most children with congenital heart disease and eye disorders living in rural India, or even in the slums of major cities, medical care is out of reach and far beyond their families’ financial capacity. We work with expert surgeons at a renowned hospital in Kolkata to ensure those most in need are able to receive lifesaving surgery and care, no matter the cost or complexity of the surgery. CHI funds heart surgeries for approximately 70 children, and eye surgeries for an additional 50 or so children every year. We also provide scholarship funds for educating 14 children who are part of this project.
EK Asha School
CHI supports this school, run by One International in Nallasopara, which educates approximately 250 children up to 12th grade (including kindergarten/crèche). The education program is supplemented by nutrition, medical, community programs, and vocational training/skills programs, such as woodworking and computer classes. A mid-day meal is provided to 50-60 children. Sports programs and the arts are also important components of the initiative.
Mobile Medical Unit
Mobile medical care ensures that even children and families in the most remote villages of India can access health services. In Karjat, Maharashtra, Children’s Hope India supports a mobile clinic that travels to these hard-to-reach areas. The van stops at local communities, and medical professionals provide check-ups, immunizations, medicines, iron and multivitamin supplements, and other services. They follow up with those prescribed medicine and also hold regular information sessions on topics like HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis. For this project, we partner with Light of Life Trust and provide service to almost 21,000. Our future focus will include targeting underweight children and women with anemia.
A true “cradle-to-career” initiative, CHI Prayas empowers children and families through education, vocational training, awareness programs on social and gender issues, women’s empowerment groups, health camps for women and families, and connecting families and individuals with the Government Schemes. CHI supports education up to grade 5, including crèches (daycare centers), nutrition programs, and vocational programs such as the Nursing Attendant Program, electrical training, computer classes, and teacher training. Our programs at Prayas serve approximately 800.
Hole in the Wall
Children’s Hope India and NIIT Foundation have set up Hole-In-The-Wall learning stations in Vikaspuri Delhi to bring innovative technology to educate children in these slum communities and encourage digital literacy. 30-40 children per day ages 6-14 engage with the learning stations, strategically located at various playgrounds in their community. Hole-In-The-Wall has become an important outlet for these children who live in poverty and whose parents mostly work as domestic laborers, rickshaw pullers, daily wage laborers, and shop owners.
SBT Mobile School
Children’s Hope India started a Mobile School to travel to areas in the outskirts of Delhi where children do not have easy access to school. The project was launched in partnership with Salaam Balak Trust, an organization with extensive experience in working with street children. The traveling team includes 2 teachers, 1 social worker, 1 coordinator, and a driver. The bus route includes areas in Mansarover Park, Shastri Park, and Vivek Vihar. The bus stops in each area for 2 hours, and includes lessons in Math, Science, English, Hindi, and Social Sciences. Additionally, the teachers play games and lead discussions and prayers with the children. A snack is also provided to each child. Approximately 300 children are served.
Sisters of the People Sangam Vihar (Hamdard) Balwadi
Early education can have a long-lasting impact on a child’s intellectual growth, development, and life prospects. Children’s Hope India recognizes that it can be crucial to foster an environment of learning, and that play provides many opportunities. We support projects ranging from small day care centers for infants and toddlers in urban slums to preschools that develop social skills and that motivate young children to enter school when they are of age.
Preschools (called balwadis) for 3-5 year olds provide a nurturing and safe place for learning. The children learn numbers, colors, shapes, songs, poems, dance, and play sports. And day care (crèches) for toddlers free up older siblings—especially girls, who would otherwise be kept home to watch over the younger children—to attend school. This care also allows their mothers to work.
Our balwadis serve approximately 80 children.
CHI supported the treatment of hemophilia for approximately 20 patients of the Hemophilia Federation (India) in Pune, until the government took over the funding for much of this care. Many of the families were struggling with the costs of medical care, so little was left for education or other self-development opportunities. Children’s Hope was so touched by the inspiring progress made by children in this program that we have now shifted our funds to promote and provide education and other skills geared towards a fulfilling life. As such, going forward, CHI will support an education program for 20 boys affiliated with the Hemophilia Society.
Sight for the Sightless Dekhna Hai Mujhe! (I Wish to See!)
India has the world’s largest population of blind people, but 75% of these cases are preventable with timely and proper eye care. Children’s Hope India supports a project in rural Maharashtra that provides eye exams, glasses, and essential surgeries. The program also educates and counsels parents and teachers on eye health care and identifying eye disorders. Thus far, we have enabled more than 15,000 children in this part of India to see better.
BronxWorks After-School STEAM Program, New York, NY
In the South Bronx, the adult illiteracy rate is nearly 50 percent, and 67 percent of school-aged children read below grade level. Educators, youth service providers, and child development experts have all expressed concern about the lack of exposure that many African American and Latino children have to STEM/STEAM pursuits at an early age. This has long-term implications, as these youngsters tend not to take high level math or science courses in high school.
Children’s Hope India has provided BronxWorks with a generous grant to launch STEAM-related lessons at two of its after-school programs in its cornerstone communities. The new curriculum enriches the lives of over 80 children at BronxWorks’ Third Avenue and Bronxchester Houses with valuable lessons in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts. Elementary and middle school students enjoy hands-on activities, such as robotics, learn from a rigorous curriculum, and create projects for a Science Fair at the end of the year. A nutritional component is also included in the support provided by CHI.
WORC After-School Tutorial Program, Hempstead, NY
The Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center (WORC) is a community correction program which offers alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs for female offenders in Nassau County, NY. Research has shown that school-age children of incarcerated parents exhibit school-related problems and problems with peer relationships.
With funding from Children’s Hope India, WORC has implemented a Comprehensive After-School Tutorial Program for approximately 50 children whose mothers have had contact with the criminal justice system. The program will increase students’ achievement by providing homework assistance, utilizing the most recent technology. This will assist them in completing their required assignments and work towards greater future proficiency. By enhancing students’ understanding of the required lessons and strengthening their basic knowledge of the material, the program seeks to improve their self-esteem and increase their desire to become engaged in daily classroom activities.
If you would like to support any of these projects, or obtain more information please click here to contact Karen Flyer.