The objective of this project is to rehabilitate people living on the streets by providing employment opportunities, guidance and counseling, de-addiction and vocational training programs. This project also aims to bring them and to integrate with the main stream.
The urban poor and homeless individuals living in Puducherry are facing many challenges and the photograph shows their living condition. Their illiteracy, lack of financial support, unemployment and addict to alcoholism lead to their poor living condition. Also the community does not get much support from the government. All these factors lead them to undergo struggle and make them dwell on the streets.
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.
To empower and support these individuals reintegrate into society without having to live on the streets.
The objective of this program is to empower 50 women start or expand small businesses of their own by providing micro-credit.
In a patriarchal society, women are not considered on par with men and they do not have a chance to take decisions in their families. 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.
With the long term implementation of this project, 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 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.
Less fortunate children born into poverty are facing challenges such as neglect, parents with unemployment, alcoholism and single parenthood. These children are forced to become child laborers either during or after school. Illiterate parents cannot assist the children with their home work or take care of their studies. In addition to that poor educational resources and poor infrastructure leave these children behind.
Evening school supports these children with experiential learning. Conduct of frequent awareness education on physical, psychological and social issues faced by the children helps them to have all round development. The Evening School provides a good ambience and learning atmosphere for the children. This program will help them to attain what they want.
The Evening School would be a platform for the children to achieve their goal in their life. It would be a good resource for less privileged children who do not have access to have a good atmosphere at their homes.