Project Brief: This Project focuses on supporting the continuation of the education of the 175 children who have been rescued form the rice mills and have been relocated in the nearby villages.The total estimated number of children is around 2700.
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: children who are working (description)

Secondary Focus: children of dalits/tribals

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Toledo
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Gayathri Ramasubramanian Sharma
Project Partner(s): Siddamma E
Other Contacts: Rajendra Gosavi
Project Address: , Red Hills,,,
Tel: 9884080048 (C)
Stewarding Chapter: Toledo
May 2007AustinUSD 5900
Mar 2006ToledoUSD 7000
Dec 2005ToledoUSD 2000
Dec 2004ToledoUSD 200
Dec 2004ArizonaUSD 367
Dec 2004ToledoUSD 100

Total = $15567

There are around 10000 families who work in rice mills as bonded laborers in Thiruvallur district, Tamilnadu. Bharathi Trust plays a key role in rescuing them and till date, 300 families have been successfully rescued and rehabilitated.
In addition to providing rehabilitation for the adults, Bharathi Trust aims at mainstreaming the children (175 till date, projected total number is around 2700) of these families. Asha in collaboration with Bharathi Trust intends to create a ‘Child Friendly Center’ wherein children will be trained with basic skills and education like counting numbers, reading alphabets, craft work, drawing etc.
Goal of this project is to create a ‘Child Friendly Center’ for education which would include
1. Necessary infrastructure
2. Nutrition and health care
3. Books and other educational supplies
4. Salaries for teachers and helpers
5. Teacher training programs
Bharathi Trust is a non-profit development organisation working for the cause of upliftment and empowerment of Irula Tribal communities living in the interior pockets of Thiruvallur district.
Since 1990, it has been working among the Irula communities in more than 60 villages spreading over 5 Taluks of the District. It has been conducting a number of development programmes such as Sangam formation, awareness camps, liason work with government for obtaining development schemes, day care services, motivation centres for eradication of child labour. etc

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