The program from its inception in 1995 has been a milestone in the history of Tiljala SHED. The program has played a significant role in the upliftment of destitute girls and women through education and has empowered them to meet the challenges from the male dominated society. Education is the weapon that AIDOS has provided to all the girls through Tiljala Shed. The association supports Tiljala Shed’s initiative of providing comprehensive educational support to destitute girls. The other aspect of the project include medical support, supplementary nutrition for the malnourished girls, self defence training, protection from exploitation and abuse, yearly excursion, awareness on gender issues, family counselling, vocational training for older girls, family maintenance allowance to meet extraordinary and emergency expenses, access to library facilities which have been setup for the girls of the project inside the slums.
AIDOS literally stands for Italian Association for Women in Development clearly states its objective of educating the destitute girl child and empowering them. AIDOS has been supporting this project for quite long time as a result it has made a significant impact on the lives of the beneficiaries. Because of this program hundreds of girls were able to complete their education and many have found work and are supporting their families. The stereotype male dominated society now feels that even a woman can contribute to the family. Now more and more families are coming forward to educate their girl child which shows that they are now getting the point that without education the child will be nowhere in the society. We feel that still we have a long way to go and slowly and steadily the families especially the traditional ones will change their mindset that the girl child too needs to be educated. The project has enhanced the capacity of the girls to find employment.
A whole generation would have remained illiterate but for the selfless support of AIDOS. Now they can look forward to a brighter future and a better quality of life.