This project is designed to support homeless families living on the streets by providing empowerment, counselling, de-addiction and vocational training and to bring them to the main stream of the society. This project also aims to gain support for setting up a short stay home of the people living on the streets.
These people are neglected by the society as they live on the streets. They are not respected as they lack education, consumption of alcohol and poverty.
Prime Trust is keen to take an initiative to create a home which supports 10 homeless women along with their children in the home. The center will provide support for counselling and guidance, de-addiction and rehabilitation. We will also provide them vocational training and micro credit for their financial stability. The children are supported through our Evening School.
To empower and support these individuals reintegrate into society without having to live on the streets.
During this academic year, the children are given school supplies such as School Bags, Note Books and chapels. The children below the age of 3 years are given admission to our Play School and school going children are admitted into our Evening School. Awareness programs are offered on a regular basis. Attempts are being taken to form Self Help Groups.
This project airms to empower 50 women start their own business or to enhance their existing business, to supprt our vocational training centre and to cover the cost of wages for the staff members involved.
In our society, women are not equally considered and the situation remains as such even after a long time. Women are unable to take part in decesion making int the family. Many studies show that bringing people out of poverty cannot be done through charitable efforts alone. It requires empowering disenfranchised groups to become self-reliant. Lack of resources and education may lead women, in particular, face a range of societal ills that puts them at a distinct disadvantage. For example, 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.
To overcome this issue, Prime Trust initiates this project by providing small grants or loans (free or low interest) to women pursuing small businesses of their own. The 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. Prime Trust runs a vocational training centre which provides training on tailoring and embrodiary so that women can fiind a job or they can undertake their own job.
With the introduction of micro credit program, women become self-reliant and self-sustaining. It gives them the 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. The vocational centre would provide them employment opportunity.
To help and support underprivileged girls in India
By S.M. Arasu - Founder Director
This project aims supporting underprivileged young girls living at the Janani home by providing for their needs that range from food, shelter to an excellent all-rounded education.
Many children in Pondicherry are not provided the resources they need to acquire a good education, live a safe life, and overcome the many obstacles that women in India have to face. The girl children are discriminated from their borthers and they are not provided equal opportunities. Additionally, many come from poor families that do not have the financial resources to take up their studies.
Janani home for girls, a program run by Prime Trust 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. The home provides them an opportunity to have vocaional training skills on tailoring ad embroidery. The children also get training on yoga and meditation.