PROJECT GOAL: FOOD AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND WIDOWS
WCF sponsors a variety of Food and Education Support Programs for extremely impoverished children in a leper colony, slums, and streets. WCF also sponsors Food Programs for poor widows.
In India, one in four school-aged children do not attend school. Only 32 in 100 children complete their education at the appropriate age. Nearly 20 million children under the age of 6 are malnourished. There are over 10 million child laborers between the ages of 5-14.
WCF's partner is Divine Welfare Trust, a local Indian NGO that has been serving the communities of Asansol, West Bengal, India for more than ten years. With a focus on helping those least capable of helping themselves, Divine Welfare Trust supports projects that assist poor families, regardless of religious beliefs and background. Divine Welfare Trust has a particular interest to invest in poor children, which it believes is the future of India. Projects combine a high degree of local initiative (all projects are conceived, initiated and executed by India locals), holistic helping models and an extraordinary commitment to accountability and transparency. Contributions are investment in one/more of the following projects:
- The Good Samaritan Project: Basic human needs as well as educational support for children in a leprosy colony in Ranigunj. Spurned by others, poorly constructed housing, monsoon rain flooding etc. We provide a free tuition educational centre, with books, supplies, and salaries for teachers.
- Disha – Showing The Right Way: Disha means, “The Right Way.“ Focused on the children of prostitutes in Lachipur. Our goal is to guide the children in a new direction. Support includes monthly educational expenses and supplies (such as books and stationery).
- Mid-Day Meal Scheme: Conceived to combat malnutrition in schools, we prepare and deliver cooked meals every school day to over 7,000 children in at least 18 schools. For some kids, this will be their only meal.
- Hope Slum Development Program: The project focuses on the children in the slum of Alladih. Program supplements severely underpaid staff provides the school with uniforms and school supplies. Parents in such areas can barely afford food – education is seen as a luxury.
- Stone Workers: Tribal children (some as young as three years old) are themselves required to work all day, collecting stones (no school opportunities). We provide for education and holistic development.
- Helping Hands Project: Financial support for widows in need. All widows are part of the BPL (Below Poverty Level) category. Where feasible (age and health) widows are provided work opportunities in the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (above).
- Muktangan – Railway Platform Children: Program targets children located at the Asansol Railway Station and residing in an open living space called Muktangan. The Program creates opportunities for vocational training providing a better life where children might earn a living, become self-dependent and be reintroduced into mainstream life.
World Compassion Fellowship and Divine Welfare Trust are partnering together, helping the Indian people help themselves. Your contributions will increase our ability to improve the lives of thousands, in a way that promotes their dignity and self-worth.