As the education is the key for social transformation and powerful tool for social equality, we launched 'Student-Sponsorship' program in 2002. The goal is to encourage poor Dalit children to continue their schooling despite poverty of their family background. Our sponsorship program matches generous-hearted benefactors across the world with needy students, so children can pursue their education without interruption due to lack of funds.
For centuries, Dalits were deprived of their rights to education and to a dignified life under caste oppression. Currently, India has more than 280 million children between the ages of 5 and 14, according to the country's 2011 census. UNICEF says 12% of these are child laborers who work in the most inhuman conditions just to survive. This is a prime example of how many children today are still deprived of their childhood, education, health care, and fundamental rights.
Dalit Solidarity Sponsorship, matching donor to child, is something that works. It is a time-tested method of saving children, one needy child at a time. Each child, at St. Patrick's Academy is enrolled because their family circumstances are particularly needy. By sponsoring a Dalit child, you are effectively giving him or her a life-changing opportunity - a future with real prospects away from poverty and oppression.
Sponsoring a child is just the beginning of an amazing adventure. With your help, a child will have the opportunity for a healthier, fuller life. This program has benefited more than 9000+ students from various villages and schools in the district of Villupuram and Cuddalore over the course of 22 years.
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