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.
To help and support underprivileged girls in India
By S.M. Arasu - Founder Director
The aim of the program is to help transform the lives of underprivileged young girls living at the Janani home by providing their needs that range from food, shelter to an excellent all-rounded education. Challenges India’s rapidly deteriorating sex ratio (2011: 918 girls for 1000 boys) has been linked to many factors, but primarily among these is the perceived value of a girl child. However, if girls are not given equal access to education, then they cannot truly shine and prove that they are valuable. Girl children are not provided resources they need to acquire good education, safe life. Girls are discriminated against, so they are not given the same type of educational opportunities as their male counterparts.
The Janani home provides proper shelter, food and structured day for the young girls living there. Their stay is comfortable, clean and supervised by several adults. They attend evening school daily and various extracurricular activities such as art, dancing and singing. Prime Trust also provides the girls with access to quality medical care. This consistence and active work being done at the Janani home is sure to leave lasting and positive impact on the girls who call this place home.
The girls will be brought up in an environment that will equip them with the tools to lead a self-reliant life. We remove the children from neglectful and abusive homes, and give them a chance to be surrounded by loving individuals. The nutritional, medical and educational care they receive will create a structured and safe life. The Janani home also provides a safe place where they girls can be nurtured, as children, and become productive members of society, when they reach adulthood.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf). Resources http://www.primetrust.org
Prime Trust Webpage
Jul 9, 2019
Help to support our Remedial Schools
By S.M. Arasu - Founder Director
The objective of this program is to educate and empower the children in slums and rural areas of Puducherry by offering evening remedial classes, counseling services, awareness and community-sensitizing programs.
Children born into poverty are affected by a variety of societal challenges that prevents them from achieving their goals. Poverty has a particularly adverse effect on the academic outcomes of children, especially during early childhood. Chronic stress associated with living in poverty has been shown to adversely affect children's concentration and memory which may impact their ability to learn. The factors such as unemployment and alcoholism within the family, single parenthood, neglect and abandonment force children to become laborers either during or after school. Illiterate parents can't assist in doing homework, worsening children's disinterest in education. Additionally, limited educational resources, poor infrastructure leaves these children behind.
Evening school offers education through remedial classes and experiential learning. Awareness programs related to physical, psychological and social issues faced by children are conducted frequently along with counseling services during these hours. Programs related to child rights and how access them are also being taught. The Evening School offers an innovative program, Children’s Parliament which makes the children great personalities.
The main goal is to empower and reenergize the children to pursue their dreams. The awareness programs and counseling services will address the children’s' needs holistically. We hope that awareness about oneself and society will help these children to develop a strong personal identity paired with coping life skills. In addition, we hope that the children take these lessons into their adulthood.