There are estimated to be more than 18 million street children in India. A significant number of these children come from Denotified (formerly "Criminal") Tribe communities. These communities face widespread discrimination, compounded by illiteracy, malnutrition, health and social problems stemming from extreme poverty. This project will allow children from these uniquely marginalized communities in Pune, India to stay off the streets and thrive in mainstream school environments.
The project will enroll street children in reputable schools around the city, sponsor their school fees, provide uniforms, shoes, school supplies, and nutritious packed meals. It will also arrange daily transportation to and from the schools and after-school tutoring. Additionally, all students in the Education Outreach Program will receive free health and medical care. Through these comprehensive support services, AIC children will be able to stay off the streets and excel in school.
The project will provide 100 first generation learners from historically marginalized communities with an excellent education and opportunities for holistic growth and development, which will put them on the path toward breaking the pervasive cycles of poverty in their slum communities.
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