This project funds a government-accredited school, a capacity building program for men and maternal health care and clinics for women and children, all in one slum area in Indore, India. The school provides quality affordable education, delivered in English in an accessible location to the slum children who would otherwise not be able to attend school. 60-80 families have been living in this area for about 25 years but still lack basic infrastructure and services. Mobile clinics will provide much needed health and hygiene education and medical care for the community. Finally, our partner is responding to the local families’ desires to pull themselves out of poverty through economic empowerment.
What we like about it:
Our implementing partner has worked with the community to identify what they see as their most pressing needs – education, better health and economic empowerment. The community requested the school and over the past 5 years they have been dedicated in making sure their children attend. The quality of the education is high, and the children are making great progress in catching up to age-appropriate standards after years of neglect. We love that the slum community itself now has a bigger vision than just educating their children and that they want to improve the healthcare and economic prospects for everyone.
Budget: $20,000 each year for 3 years. The annual budget covers educational costs for 120 students, start-up stalls/shops for 15 families and 4 clinics providing medical counselling and health checkups.
Children in this slum were previously not attending school. By providing affordable, local schooling, our implementing partner is preparing these children for a brighter future. Hygiene is poor throughout the slum, mostly due to lack of knowledge and inadequate infrastructure. Mobile clinics will address some of the community healthcare needs. By providing handcarts to 15 men, so that families can sell vegetables and other household items, our partners are encouraging self-sufficiency and pride in work instead of begging and rummaging through rubbish tips.