Little Flower School

Project Brief: Provide nutritional assistance to Little Flower school that caters to migrant brick kiln labourers' children and poor Dalit children staying and studying there.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Chennai
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Rajaraman Krishnan
Project Partner(s): Bhaskar Venkateswaran
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , ,,,
Stewarding Chapter: Chennai
Nov 2014FrankfurtEUR 1250
Jun 2008ChennaiUSD 1067

Total = $2472.8625

Little Flower Convent is located in Karumbakkam village (in Palur Village Panchayat). Karunbakkam does not have any school. Children have to walk 5 kilometer to Palur to attend primary schools. During rainy seasons because of the streams it is difficult for children to attend schools, nearly 100 school age children were not attending the school. TEA trust an NGO has started Little Flower Convent with support from Caritas, Japan and MZF Germany.

This area has lot of Brick Kilns. The brick kiln function during 6 months of a year and mostly employ migrant labourers from other districts. Nearly 5000 families from other districts have migrated to this area to work in the brick chambers. In these 30 chambers children also work along with their parents. Nearly 300 children are working in these chambers. In the present situation the only source to change to live of poor people particularly the dalits is Education.

In addition to local children Little Flower School has also enrolled the migrant labourers children who work in brick kilns; in the school. But they are being children of migrant workers the parents will go back to their villages along with the family during rainy season that time they will not get work in brick chambers. For these reasons hostel facilities have also been provided so that these children do not have to go to their villages with their parents and can continue their education.

While good facilities have been provided for the school by the past funding, they do not have the funding required for the operational expenses at the school. They have request support for these. Asha is supporting the expenses towards food for the children as well as learning/teaching materials. The food expenses include three meals for the hostel children as well as midday meals for the local school children.