Services for Children with Disabilities in West Bengal
Maharashtra and Chatisgargh
What are the challenges?
Young people from Dalit backgrounds living in slums in the project areas around Nagpur, Raipur, and Janjgir are often required to start earning as young as 13. Conditions at home, when families are living in one or two poorly constructed rooms, are unsupportive of study. Consequently, many students drop out of school at a very young age and have low aspirations for themselves. Women and girls are disproportionately affected and are often married off young. These groups often lack the skills to approach employers or the confidence to believe that they can better themselves, and without additional support, are at risk of spending their lives in undignified daily wage labour.
What is the aim of the project?
What are the main activities?
- Students can study for accredited courses in basic IT skills, desktop publishing, graphic design and accounting in a conducive environment with support from knowledgeable well trained teachers
- Spoken English classes and personal development classes are also offered, as well as self-defense sessions for women
- Students are signposted to job placements and given support with interview skills and accessing further education opportunities
stories from the field