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Lets talk Campaign

Problems: A large number of dropouts if the students have flunked in aunty of the classes, lack of motivation, lack of interest in studies among students. We will connect city privileged crowd, corporate volunteers with these schools mentoring and motivating them through classes at least once a week or twice. The main idea is to reduce drop outs and increase the number of successful candidates in the classes. Initially we will start with Class X and XII and in the long run more classes will be covered. Even Civil servants like Sofia Abbas (Exe) Group A who is going to be the BDO is the Ambassador for the program and is the change leader.

Sofia Abbas, recently cleared her West Bengal Civil Services Examination Group A with a top level rank. She is an inspiration for girls and her words can create some magic.

Suparna Chakraborty has expressed her interest to Volunteer for this special talk. She is B Sc, BA (eng), PGDBA( finance) Suparna has 18 years of work experience including initial 3 years in academic field. She is a avid reader and is passionate about painting, art forms n teaching. She leads teams covering 400 + members across globe. Focus area of work being planning, mentoring and leading global project delivery. She is also part of Women Empowered(WE) cell for lady associates and Outreach (CSR) group in Cognizant. She is a mother of two n lives in Kolkata. She is also an active supporter of World Vision India ‘s child sponsorship program

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Alternative Livelihoods for 500 Rag Picker Families

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This project will help 500 of Kolkata’s most vulnerable families to lift themselves out of poverty and provide a better future for their children. Tiljala Shed will provide seed funding, advice, vocational and business skills training for rag picker families, rickshaw pullers and others living in the city’s most deprived slums and squatter camps.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Surveys show that the urban poor of Kolkata exist on just 27p per day. Of the 70,000 living in illegal shelters beside sewers and railway lines, most are rag pickers, rickshaw pullers or pieceworkers. Illiterate and without ration or voter ID cards they have no voice and cannot break out of the cycle of poverty.

How will this project solve this problem?

We will provide seed funding and training for artisans and entrepreneurs, help them access markets and trading associations. We will help rag pickers and rickshaw pullers through training, advocacy with the authorities and with funding to help them purchase their own vehicles. We will provide incentives for families to keep their children in school and out of the workplace through sponsorship and livelihood training. We will help all families apply for voter ID cards and access to govt help.

Potential Long Term Impact

Tiljala Shed will provide the necessary training and funding to lift 500 of the poorest families in Kolkata out of poverty. Through our interventions, the adults will be equipped to make a better living and their children will stay in education to ensure that the next generation has an opportunity to benefit from India’s growing economy.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £11,664
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £40,466
Total Funding Goal: £52,130

Additional Documentation

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This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Educate Destitute Girls in Kolkata, India.

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This project empowers girls from very poor families to avoid early marriage and a life of extreme poverty, illiteracy, childbearing, abuse and drudgery. A sponsored girl remains in school and goes on to further education or vocational training. Educated and with financial independence she can delay marriage, is empowered to make decisions for herself and to support herself and her family.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

To be born poor and female in India is to have a very bad start in life: between ages 1 and 4 girls have a 61% higher mortality rate than boys; the school drop out rate in adolescent girls is 63.5%; and 45% of girls in India marry before the age of 18. These 15 girls are from very poor families and all are in danger of dropping out of education and being married off early – only to perpetuate the cycle of drudgery, childbirth and illiteracy suffered by their own mothers.

How will this project solve this problem?

To be a sponsored girl means she will remain in education. She’ll receive all the necessary additional tuition to help her gain qualifications. Her books, uniform and stationery will be supplied. She’ll have health care, computer training, dance lessons and educational outings. She will have access to our own girls’ library and resource centre and she’ll be monitored and mentored by our staff. Her family receive a small monthly stipend. She’ll be proud to be a sponsored girl.

Potential Long Term Impact

By staying in education a sponsored girl gains the qualifications she needs to become financially independent. With economic power comes the ability to make life choices for herself. She can delay or even decide against marriage. She can earn a living and build up her savings. She is in control of her health and can make informed and healthy choices for her own children. Our sponsored girls from the last 20 years are pillars of the community and a shining example to the rest.