Children
 India
Project #3285

Ensure Education for 100 Child Laborers

by New Life
Kowshan with other children
Kowshan with other children

Dear Donor,

We are happy to share the story of Kowshan with you.

Kowshan is living in Kaja pettai. He has one younger brother and one younger sister.  His father is a drunkard.  His mother often gets arrested for theft and commercial sex work and she spends 3/4th of her year in the prison.  His father is working in a medical shop.  The family situation does not allow Kowshan to concentrate in his studies. But he is interested in the traditional game “Kabadi”.  He has won many prizes in Kabadi.  He is interested in sports.

His father’s monthly income is Rs.9000.  But Kowshan’s father does not give money for household expenses.  Since the parents are irresponsible,  Kowshan is forced to take care of his siblings. Hence he started working in a lathe shop.

Gowshan earned the Rs.300 per week.  He was not admitted to a  school and the parents never thought of it.  He started smoking with his friends.  Our New Life staff identified this boy. The  counselor and the special school teacher went to Kowshan’s house and spoke about the importance of  education to him. He did not want to come to school. We found his feeling of anxiety about the plight of his siblings. Hence we assured that all the three will be admitted and they can have a full meal in the noon. He accepted after several attempts and was admitted to the Child Labour Special School with his brother and sister.

In the very beginning he did not sit in the school.  He used to go away. It was difficult for him to concentrate and learn. He does not even knew the basic letters in Tamil/ English.  Later he started studying.  Now he has improved a lot and is able to read and write Tamil/English words.  He likes to come to school now and study.  He respects and obeys the teacher now. 

This is made possible only by the noble donors like you. We are grateful for your continued support. We request you to spread words about our work to your friends and relatives (you know them better and they respect you).

We also request you to mark in your dairy the October 17th bonus day of Global Giving when your donations are matched by 30% (up to $1,000 per donor, per project). Hence we kindly request you to keep supporting us and our children whose futures are bright because of you.

Regards

Kowshan studying
Kowshan studying
Kowshan
Kowshan

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Maheswari
Maheswari

Thank you dear donors, for choosing to support our project.

Maheswari is a 10 years old girl. She is studying 5th standard in New Life’s special school now.  Her father’s name is S. Sekar.  He is selling ice cream in Karur. He never takes care of Maheswari.  Three years before Maheswari’s mother died.   After that Maheswari had to live with her grand mother.  Grand mother did not send Maheswari to school, asked her to do household works and sent her for rag picking. 

During her leisure times Maheswari will be wandering in the streets. New Life staff saw her spending her childhood like this and talked with her. She expressed her interest to study. Then we had to counsel her grandmother who was very reluctant to admit Maheswari to the special school. After continuous counselling Maheswari is now admitted in New Life’s special school for child labourers in Ukkadai.  In the beginning she was not able to read or write.  She is studying in our school for two years.  Now she can read newspapers and others books also.  She helps younger children to read and write. She is much interested in handwork. 

Since she is picking up her studies quickly we hope she will be admitted to the sixth standard next year. She is now happy that she can study and play with children of her age. So many such children could be helped to get educated with the noble support from people like you.

Kindly spread words about our work to your friends and relatives who are like-minded. We thank you donors, once again for supporting us. 

Doing math
Doing math
She helps her juniors
She helps her juniors
Maheswari in her group
Maheswari in her group

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Uma Maheswari in the special school
Uma Maheswari in the special school

Uma Maheswari is from Thideernagar, Ariyamangalam zone in Trichy district. Her father’s name is Mr. Ramaswamy and mother is Mrs. Vijayalakshmi. She has one eldest brother, one elder sister and two younger brothers. Uma Maheswari and her family was living in Kumbakonam. Her father died due to alcoholism. After her father’s death her family came to Trichy. After they settled in Trichy, all the 5 children in the family were not going to school. Her mother is having illegal affair with Mr.Mohan and she least cared about the children. Uma’s eldest brother Rajesh is 15 year old and he is a construction worker. Having developed hatred for his mother he never comes home. The other three children Rajeswari - 11years old, Uma Maheswari – 8 years old and Chinnu Mani – 7 years old collected waste paper and earned money. The youngest brother Elumalai is 4 years old and he went with his sisters and brother while going to collect waste paper. Vijayalakshmi is a construction worker and she spent all the money she has for Mohan and not even a penny is spent for the children. New life’s staff came to know about them and gave continuous counseling to Vijayalakshmi. Now the children are admitted in our Child labour special school in Ariyamagalam. The youngest one is admitted to our early learning center. Our special school teacher Mrs. Selvi says that the children are happy only in the school. Now the three children are getting good meal with education and they are happily playing with other children.

Such happiness is made possible only through the support of donors like you. Kindly support the program by spreading words to your friends and relatives. The donations given on March 14th, 2012 will be matched by globalgiving up to 30% and your beloved organisation has a chance to get the grant up to $1000.

Thank you once again for the support.

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Vikram is 12 years old boy residing in 12, Kamaraj Nagar, Ariyamangalam, Tiruchirappalli District, Tamil Nadu. He was enjoying all the love, care and affection of his father as the only child. His father died in an accident in 2001. After his father’s death his mother got remarried and she gave birth to a girl child. Now his mother and his step father are concentrating only on the girl child and they least care for Vikram. This made Vikram a rag picker and he started to take care of himself as he did not get enough food. The mother could not educate Vikram as the step father is not supportive. Our New Life team identified him and gave a continuous counseling to him and his mother. Now he is studying 5th standard in our child labour special school. After a few counseling sessions his mother is also taking care of him.

Our special school teacher Mrs. Selvi says that in the beginning Vikram was arrogant and never obeyed the teacher, and quarreled with other children often. After some time, there is a drastic change in his attitude. Education along with nutritious food has made a remarkable change in the life of Vikram. This is made possible only with the help of donations made by noble hearts like you and so many Vikrams are given an opportunity to improve their self esteem, sense of pride, confidence and motivation to continue their education.

Ramjan
Ramjan

Ramjan, 13 years old, born to a prostitute mother and a father who fetches business for his wife, is cursed to take care of herself.  Born with a brother (working in a fish shop) she has to earn for her living by packing grocery items in a nearby factory. She was earning Rs.30/- per day. She is not happy, deprived of the care and affection she should get as a child.

 

It was then she was seen by the special school teacher of New Life. The teacher told about her to the counselor and the counselor met her parents. It took much time to counsel them and even the child to make her come to the special school. The child lacked motivation, interest and had fear to come to school. She was repeatedly counseled and after 5 months efforts she joined the school.

 

In the beginning she was irregular to the school. But now she never misses a class. The New Life team is happy that her right to education has been protected. And we are taking efforts to see that she completes her education and thus get a legal employment.   

 

Children like Ramjan can have a safe future only with the support of people like you. Join with us in saving such children by supporting financially and by spreading the message to your friends and relatives. 

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Organization Information

New Life

Location: Somarasampettai, Trichirappalli - India
Website: http:/​/​www.newlifemfi.org
Project Leader:
Beatrice Vanaja
Chief Administrative Officer
Trichirappalli, Tamil Nadu India