Children
 India
Project #3285

Ensure Education for 100 Child Laborers

by New Life
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Surya
Surya

The widow of Senthil, Vellaiyamma looks at her son Surya proudly, her eyes gleaming when telling that he wants to become a doctor. Born with 5 children Surya suffered with his mother after his father's death. The first three children had to drop out from their studies and started sharing their mother's burden of feeding the family. Surya was sent to a nearby town Namakkal and worked in a sago factory there. He was earning Rs.2500/- per month.His eldest brother Devaraj is a coolie in an iron shop. His elder brother Prakash was also a coolie in the same shop.

The boys were identified when our team was doing a survey of the child labour children in the locality. The team tried hard to convince the mother to stop the children Surya and Prakash from going to work and start studying. It took long to convince her. Surya was brought back home from the mill and they started coming to the special school run by us. Now in these two months Surya has picked up his studies well. He is much interested in becoming a doctor.

Surya says with a big smile "I have been motivated by my teacher and counsellor to excel in my studies. Now whatever may come, I will continue my studies and will become a doctor. Here in the school they not only teach me education but also life skills like yoga, stitching, etc. which is of much use to all of us here. Now I dont disturb my mother for stitching my torn dress or my missing button. I do it myself."

Prakash is also happily studying in the same school now. So many other children like Surya are studying in the special school and get back their childhood and their rights secured. This is possible only with the support of people like you. So we feel proud to share the story of Surya with you people who made this possible.

Thank you friends for continuously supporting us and spreading words about us. Together let us fight against the evil of child labour.

Surya learning to stitch
Surya learning to stitch
Our child being appreciated by District Collector
Our child being appreciated by District Collector

You would be much excited to know that our children from the special schools for child labourers participated in competitive events with their peers in the month of November 2012. Drawing, embroidery, essay writing competitions were conducted. 7 of our children got prizes and were appreciated by the District  Collector, Trichirappalli in a meeting held in the month of February 2013.

Thirumalai, one of our children who got first prize in drawing competition is from a family of ottars. His parents go out to places to earn their living by carving in the grinding stones in homes. He too have been accompanying them. When he was found by our counsellor, the boy was enrolled to the special school. Now he has developed his skills in drawing too. We are so happy for him!

We take this opportunity to appreciate our team of teachers, vocatinal teachers and counselors who works with these children, had been so kind enough and patient to motivate these children and had brought them up to this level. And all this is possible only with the noble support of people like you. Our heartfelt gratitude for being with us and supporting us continuosly.

Children who won the competitions
Children who won the competitions
Danushkumar studying in the special school
Danushkumar studying in the special school

Dear Donors,

WISHING YOU A HAPPY, WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

"I am 12 years old and was found in the streets of Thideer Nagar picking up the waste paper by our special school teacher. My father is a drunkard and my parents fight often and my mother goes to my grandma’s house at least once in three months. She took me with her not worrying about my studies. Hence I had to drop out from school and I became a rag picker" says Danushkumar, our special school student in Thideer Nagar.

The special school teacher of New Life on seeing this child, talked to his parents. The counsellor counselled the boy to attend the special school where the child labourers are rehabilitated. After repeated counselling the boy joined our special school.

When he joined he could not read or write properly. Now he can read and write. He is also performing well in drawing and games.

Deprived children like Danush can get their rights restored through your support. Kindly spread words about our work to your friends and relatives to help the children like Danush.

With regards

F. Beatrice Vanaja

Danushkumar with his classmates
Danushkumar with his classmates

Dear friend,

Greetings from New Life!

At the outset I wish to thank you for your continued support to the children and women of New Life. All that we could achieve in the past is only with the support of people like you who encouraged us through your words and donations.

You will be excited to know that New Life is now participating in the Bonus Day Challenge conducted by the “Global Giving” on October 17th. This is the final bonus day of the year. By donating $ 100 to New Life you provide the organization an opportunity to earn an additional $30. The amount you donate and the bonus we receive will be used to educate the child labour children.

The terms and conditions of the Bonus Day are:

  • Bonus Day begins at 12:01 am EDT on October 17, 2012.
  • GlobalGiving is offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project.
  • There is $50,000 in matching funds.
  • The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The organization that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.
  • Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address.

We request you to be generous not only in donating but also in spreading words to your near and dear ones. To donate visit the below link:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ensure-education-for-100-child-labour/

Thank you once again for your continued support.

With regards

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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New Life

Location: Somarasampettai, Trichirappalli - India
Website: http:/​/​www.newlifemfi.org
Project Leader:
Beatrice Vanaja
Chief Administrative Officer
Trichirappalli, Tamil Nadu India
$21,599 raised of $25,327 goal
 
375 donations
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