Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies

by Snehalaya 'Home of Love'
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Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies
Safe care and adoption for Indian Babies

Project Report | Jun 21, 2023
World's Best School

By Girish Kulkarni | Founder, Snehalaya

Our students & teachers are so proud
Our students & teachers are so proud

We are so excited to announce that our Snehalaya English Medium School, which our older children awaiting adoption attend, has been named a Top Ten school in the World’s Best School Prizes for Overcoming Adversity. We are the first and only rural school in India to have made the shortlist! This amazing news was shared with the school’s students, teachers and parents, all of who were thrilled that their school is now considered one of the best in the world. We want to thank you. Your support of our work has played a key role in achieving this recognition.

When schools in our city refused to admit our HIV+ and sex workers' children, our solution was to open our own school. Initially catering to students from our shelter home, sometimes studying under the shade of a tree, our children have grown with our school, with our first batch of graduates passing their 10th standard exams in 2020. 

In 2015, we opened our school doors to our local community, primarily daily wage workers and slum dwellers, offering subsidised and quality education. With 80% of our pupils now coming from outside our center, we are integrating the children in our care with those from the community and raising awareness of the facts about HIV and sex work to reduce the associated stigmas. With one-third of Indians reported to still hold discriminatory views towards people living with HIV/AIDS, this social acceptance will help reduce barriers to our HIV+ babies awaiting adoption. 

The World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity Prize considers schools that support and develop children in socio-emotional skills that can support their personal growth and the school as a community. Being named in the top ten is a huge achievement for our school and we are proud that we have been recognised for empowering our students and community, and breaking down the barriers of discrimination. Our school also enrolls and employs girls and women who have released their babies for adoption as part of their rehabilitation.  

The judging panel chose to shortlist us for our efforts in transforming the lives of children living with HIV/AIDS and those from sex worker families, breaking down stigmas and paving the way for a brighter future. The organisers of the global competition, T4 education, described us as: “Rewriting the narrative for marginalised communities in semi-rural India”.

We are one of ten schools shortlisted in the Overcoming Adversity category. The final winner will be announced in October and will receive a share of the $250,000 award to expand and enhance their education projects.

We are so grateful for your support that has built our school from the ground up and encouraged and empowered so many of our children to become socially responsible and empathetic change-makers of the future.  We are extremely proud of our school, our students and teachers and would love for you to help us shout about our success. Please share this story and our social media posts so the world can be inspired to end discrimination. 

We believe in equality in education
We believe in equality in education
We are the only Indian rural school shortlisted
We are the only Indian rural school shortlisted

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Snehalaya 'Home of Love'

Location: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @snehalaya
Project Leader:
Joyce Connolly
epsom , Surrey United Kingdom

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