Educational Hostels







Maharashtra and Goa

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Covid-19 Update

All schools were closed and all hostels were required to return all students to their home villages following the March lockdown. Over the following months, the hostel teams stayed in touch with the students, distributing emergency food aid to their families, many of whom had lost their livelihoods due to the lockdown. 

At the height of the pandemic, a number of the hostel buildings were requisitioned to become quarantine centres for people suffering from the virus. At the time of writing there is no clear indication when it will be possible for the hostels to re-open, but the hostel teams continue their life-saving work distributing food and medical supplies among some of the most affected communities.

What are the challenges?

Children from Dalit and Tribal backgrounds face greater obstacles and are at much higher risk of dropping out of schools than children from other communities. The effect of caste discrimination in the classroom, combined with the pressures of poverty, mean that Dalit children - especially girls -  are at risk of dropping out for illegal early marriage or to help parents with childcare, daily wage labour, or domestic work.

What is the aim of the project?

The project aims to support girls and boys from disadvantaged backgrounds to access specialised education they would not receive otherwise. In addition, they receive room and board, reducing the financial burden on their parents. 

What are the main activities?

  • Providing free, safe accomodation and nutritious food for all students
  • Delivering a quality education syllabus with additional study classes and support facilities, such as libraries and IT centres
  • Organising sports, cultural and social activities that help children develop confidence
  • Providing vocational training and social skills training as well as career guidance and mentoring.