Children’s Parliament is to engage children’s participation and engagement. Through our rights-based, creative practice, we provide younger children from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings so that they can influence positive change in their lives at home, in school and in the community.
The targeted group, the children in the slums do not have good access to quality education as their parents are unable to provide them. The children living in this vulnerable condition are not raised well and they do not know their rights. Due to poverty, the children are forced to discontinue their studies and sent for employment to support their families thereby losing their opportunity. The ambiance in their area make the children to pick up bad habits.
This program aims at providing training on acquiring leadership qualities, personality development. The objective of this program is to make aware their rights. The children are given information on the political system in India, about the environment. This program helps the children to acquire holistic development.
The long term impact of this program would be to create a potential society who will be assets of our nation.
The major objectives of this program is to provide the poor with access to financial services as well as an opportunity for them to build their financial capacity and ability to grow to financial self-sufficiency.
Bringing people out of poverty cannot be done through charitable efforts alone. It requires empowering disenfranchised groups to become self-reliant. Women, in particular, face a range of societal ills that puts them at a distinct disadvantage. Factors such as alcoholism, low literacy rates, limited employment opportunities, predatory lending and the resulting "debt trap" restrict women from having an expendable income, let alone start small businesses of their own.
This project will provide small grants or loans to women pursuing small businesses of their own. Awarding of loans and grants will be based on established small businesses or clearly outlined new ideas. Prime Trust already has a fair trade store in Puducherry that sells products that are made by women from our self-help groups. These women have voiced their need for additional funding to expand their businesses.
This project makes our women to become self-reliant and self-sustaining. It gives them financial independence that they rightfully deserve. Additionally, there are added opportunities for employment opened. They are also able to meet other small business owners through our Akshaya store meetings. This ability to form networks with other women gives them access to support systems and safety nets that they otherwise would not have within their own families.
This project aims to help those living in the shadows of society in Pondicherry. The long term ambition is to establish a centre for the homeless and offer them services to improve their quality of life. Our project will provide empowerment, counselling, de-addiction and vocational training to help these individuals transition from a life of poverty to integrated members of our society.
The urban poor and homeless individuals of Pondicherry suffer with many challenges. The picture above shows children sitting on the street in what is their home. Entire families raise their young and live off the scarps they get from the streets. Though there is some government support available, these individuals struggle to find access to these limited resources. Their lack of financial resources, education and home stability result in them living in cycles of poverty and homelessness. Their inability to shower often and maintain good hygiene often adds to existing health issues. People who are homeless are often at risk of infectious diseases—like hepatitis A, B, and C, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS—due to compromised immune systems, poor nutrition and hygiene, and frequent overcrowding at shelters.
In 2017, we aim to support 10 homeless women with children at our Homeless Centre. At our Centre we will provide them services such as counselling, domestic violence protection, de-addiction and rehabilitation support. We will also arrange access to vocational training and micro-credit opportunities to help them achieve financial stability. Children will be provided proper education and access to any of the evening schools of Prime Trust. We try to find support for them through the government.
The long term impact would be that they will reintegrate into the society without having to live on the streets. Providing awareness generation on health and hygiene, alcoholism, HIV/AIDS will help them a lot.