Thank you for your continued support and interest in improving the life of these children. We are determined to stop the child labor in the Barupada village of Odisha. We have achieved few milestones in the past few months and we are excited to share with you.
The day time child labor school started for 50 children with an aim to teach standard 1 to standard 5 courses with vocational training as our primary goal.
We initiated various vocational training classes such as sewing and ornaments making. But later, we realized that children should focus only in one area to get good grasp of one area of the expertise. These children were hungry before and also never studied, but we are asking them to do well in class and also to do a professional job - seems like too much to ask for - Currently we only focus on Sewing or tailoring. We have put many hours in teaching these methods to the children and will be continuing to do so for next couple of months. We will bring local professionals to evaluate the results of the work done by these children. A few children are performing really well but not to the level of expectation. We need to put more time in in the area of sewing, so that they can achieve the satisfactory level and meet our goal.
We have divided their study and vocational training hours. In morning children are focusing heavily on studying the class work for grade 1 to 5 to clear the examinations set by the board. We have instructed these children to clear all exams required by the board of education. In the afternoon, children are focusing on vocational training.
Children are really happy studying and enjoying free lunch during day time. We have attached few pictures of our recent activities, hope you like them.
In addition to this, your support helps to employ five people in SANTI – two educational instructors, one vocational instructor, one clerk cum accountant and one cook cum peon. So your contribution not only supports these children but also the staff of SANTI.
Challenges we are facing –
Yes! There are few children still pressurized by their family members or by their financial situation, forced to join the labor work. They are unable to attend our training program on a regular basis. It is a continuous challenge to bring them to our school and pursue the curriculum. We need to educate their parents and also the society about the importance of our child labor school. We need to explain the urgency to attend the child labor issue. Very soon we are going to organize a rally and meeting with parents of these children who are not able to cope up with our effort.
So stay tuned and please continue your donation.
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Thanks again for your great heart.
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