Project WHY (We Help Youth)

Project Brief: WHY is a youth outreach program helping slum children in New Delhi. Asha Dallas has initiated a Support a Child program to help children in this project.
Project Type: Tuition Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children with disabilities

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Canada
Status: terminated
Project Steward: Navin Kashyap
Project Partner(s): Anouradha Bakshi
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , C-15, Chiragh Enclave,,New Delhi,
DELHI  110 048
Tel: +91 11 2626 9915, 9811424877
Stewarding Chapter: Canada
Dec 2006CanadaUSD 0

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The Project WHY resource center is located in the Giri Nagar slum in New Delhi. The resource center caters to children of daily wage earners, rag pickers, migrant laborers etc. The project started in 2000 with 50 children and now enrolls 580 children. Children in the project are enrolled in government or municipal schools and are provided with after-school tuition. There are programs for pre-school children, primary, secondary and a special section for children with mental and physical disabilities. The classes are taught to make learning fun with special emphasis on understanding rather than rote-learning. Children are also provided with nutrition and healthcare. The resource center has grown to involve the community in all aspects of running the center. Teachers and staff are sourced from the community and micro-business and vocational training has been initiated as a means to reach self-sustenance. One such venture is Project Return which produces a range of skin-care products containing pongamia seed oil obtained from plants grown in the slum by the community.
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� Evolve a sustainable child support system for deprived children
� Ensure that all children attend school regularly
� Help develop life skills
� Empower the community to play an active role in education
� Generate community resources to sustain the activities of the centre
� Build confidence and competence among children