Having an achievable goal to work towards is important for children (especially for girls) trapped in a cycle of poverty. This project helps our children to look beyond their current lives. The children all travel together, get inspired by the outside world, and learn about things they never before had a chance to. With each experience, they start to develop ideas about what they would like to be when they grow up. With enough love and support, those passionate ideas tend to become a reality.
Every 4th person in India lives below the poverty line. In the metropolitan city of Chennai, poverty in children is exacerbated by caste-based unemployment and lack of access to good education. This project serves 150 children and their families. To help them catch up, our primary focus is providing high quality basic education with an emphasis on hands-on learning. Taking children out of their "slum" environments to learn about potentially employable skills is an integral part of our efforts.
The Pudiyador curriculum focuses on healthy interactions with the outside world that inspire our children to think beyond their generational poverty. By going on educational trips and mingling with people outside their oppressed communities, our children learn about their vast city, understand that there are meaningful opportunities for everyone, and gain the confidence they need to break out of their cycle of poverty.
This project is part of a larger system of projects that are designed to equip our 150 children with experiences and opportunities that will empower them and their communities to break the cycle of generational poverty.