Nishtha is providing alternative education to children of sex workers. The aim of this project is to financially support their infrastructure.
- Extreme poverty and starvation forces women to take up prostitution. The women lack basic human rights.
- Children born to sex workers grow up amidst the poverty, squalor and crime in the brothels. Most do not go to school.
- Children are all malnourished and physically and sexually abused frequently by the clients. They are exposed to crime, alcohol and drugs at a very early age.
- Significant majority of boys succumb to a life of crime. Almost 100% of the girls take up prostitution or are kidnapped and forced into prostitution.
- NISHTHA with support from Asha for Education, Atlanta Chapter started a night shelter in September 2006 for the children of the sex workers. Shelter remains open seven days of the week.
- 32 children of ages 2 to 14 years live in the shelter. The shelter provides safety and emotional support. Nutritional support, clothing and recreational activities are also provided.
- The children are enrolled into formal schools through the help of Nishtha. Non formal teaching is provided to children who are unable to be accepted into formal schools.
- Overcoming prejudice and stigma from the local population and ensure integration of children into mainstream society.
- Minimize dropout rate from schools and night shelter by providing education and emotional support to the children.
- Empowerment of mothers to minimize prostitution
This project is to support Jagaran, an effort led by Nishtha to provide access of education to kids at risk from 4 villages in south 24 paraganas, West Bengal.
- Agriculture (a primarily male-dominated vocation) is the primary source of income for the villages in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, the sixth most populous district in India. Baruipur is the district headquarters (~30 Km from Kolkata).
- Women and children of these villages are economically deprived and vulnerable due to the lack of opportunities for self-empowerment and employment outside of agriculture.
- Girls are treated as a burden and not allowed to study beyond puberty. Female child marriage is extremely rampant with most marriages performed in secret with the girl and her mother having absolutely no say in the decision
- Domestic abuse (physical, mental and sexual) is very rampant with most families accepting abuse as a way of life. West Bengal being a border state with significant trafficking of minors across the border, many girls are also sold into the sex trade by their husband and in-laws for money.
Since the seventies, Nishtha has been working with women and children in more than 300 villages in the South 24 Parganas district to educate young girls. Nishtha organizes numerous educational and empowerment coaching programs to provide the necessary age-appropriate gender equality and empowerment training.
- Girls’ and boys’ groups – Balika and Balak Bahinis
- Adolescent girls’ and boys’ groups – Kishori and Kishor Bahinis
- Adult women’s groups – Mahila Mandals
- Education, self-defense and empowerment support and vocational training must be continued relentlessly to minimize child marriage.
- Additional counselling and support must be provided to ensure successful job placement of the girls who underwent Spoken English and Computer Certification.
This project is to support Community based Accelerated Reading and Bridge Course Programme with a special focus on mainstreaming children at risk.
Inspiration was formed in 1996 by IIT Kharagpur alumni to provide bridge training programs to children on migrant workers to help their integration into mainstream schools. Since 2010, Asha Atlanta has supported such bridge programs for more than 100 children of Kamarhati township of North 24 Paraganas district, West Bengal. Most of the funds each year are raised through
Asha’s Support a Child program with help from generous donors like you.
Asha Atlanta through the support a child program provides funds to run tuition classes, teacher salaries, books, stationary and snacks for children in four slums. The classes are vital to ensure that the children obtain the necessary support to maintain their grades and in be reenrolled into formal schools in the case of school dropouts.
Migration of the parents and extreme poverty of the families is a major source of continued high school dropout rates. Counseling of the parents combined with sustained support from Asha is vital to ensuring that the children stay in school and enter either into college or some kind of vocational training that will help them get jobs
This project is to support a prayas center for special education and vocational training.
Kalyania started with a primary focus on health care, attending to the senior citizens and
subsequently took on the education for underprivileged children. Kalyania Society was
established in 1998 by a group of Doctors, University Professors and Retired Executives with the objective of providing help to those who need them most.
- Generating health care through women empowerment and providing avenues for earning through vocational training in the form of Sevika training and Home
- Nursing training centers.
- Holistic education for the children of the deprived and the downtrodden by establishing Suhasini Sishu Niketan, a primary school.
Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) is a voluntary organization working for the education, health and women’s empowerment in the underprivileged communities, especially with children and women.
Vagra is a sub-district of Bharuch, Gujarat and contains 73 villages with 57% of the population being Muslim. A significant portion of the Hindu population belong to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) who along with the Muslim community, are economically andsocially marginalized. Poor emphasis on the education of the girl child. All villages have primary and middle school while the district headquarters has two Govt. High schools. Most girls drop out after grade 8 since the families will not risk sending their daughters on the 15-18 Km commute to the high school.
GVT was founded in 2001 by Mr. Ramesh Kasondra who hails from the area. He instituted numerous programs for promoting girl child education in Vagra block. Numerous Asha for Education chapters have supporte GVT since 2005-2006 and Asha Atlanta started supporting GVT since 2011. Some of the programs include:
- Bicycle program to help girls from remote villages commute to high school and minimize girl child dropout. Asha Atlanta started supporting 20 girls initially from 2011 and extended the program to buy 50 bicycles annually.
- Sikshana Teacher Training program to improve the quality of education in Govt. schools. Asha Atlanta provides funds to support Sikshana program in one Govt. school annually.
- Para teacher program to fill shortage of teachers in Govt. schools. GVT identifies suitably qualified individuals from the local community and pays for their employment as para teachers. Asha Atlanta provided a one-time Para Teacher salary support for 36 teachers in 12 schools in 2013.
- Vocational training programs for girls such as beautician training, English and computer skills, tailoring classes etc. In 2015, Asha Atlanta provided funds to open and operate one vocational training center (sewing, beautician training and computer training ) that trains close to 100 girls.
All programs (bicycle, Sikshana teacher training and vocational training) have to be continued to see continued impact on the lives of girls and women. Counselling programs need to be regularly combined with the above efforts to ensure support from the families and local community.
Divya Jyothi Trust runs a wide range of activities for visually disabled students ranging from computer training, spoken English lessons to sports and cultural events.
Divya Jyothi Charitable trust for the Blind was set up to provide a helping hand to the blind. Their goal is to provide high standard welfare, support the visually impaired through education, employment, scholarships and accommodation to promote their independence, dignity and quality of life. The trust runs a Braille transcription center, computer training classes, language skills training and also provides hostel facilities for the visually impaired.
The trust has been running the computer training classes since 2014.
- Students are trained in common computer-processing applications like MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, with the help of special software like JAWS (Job Access with Speech – to read electronic texts on screen), KURZWEIL (to read printed text), MAGIC (to magnify the text for the partially blind).
- The trust also provides training in independent daily living skills and mobility that is available to students of all ages.
- They also assist with job placements through career awareness and pre-vocational training.