WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
There are millions of street children and working children in India. Many have suffered neglect and abuse at the hands of family members or are addicted to sniffing glue or other narcotics or are sold into slavery.
The local police forcibly house the children into shelters, from where many subsequently run away. This might be because shelters are centres of abuse or because children have developed a distrustful attitude towards caretakers. They don't understand that they need to be cared for, or believe that they have a future to look forward to.
Furthermore, the quality of education for children from underprivileged backgrounds is very poor in India. Even where basic education is provided, in many cases the creative, physical and key skills education is completely neglected. You'll help these children to reach their true potential and bring joy to their lives by teaching, playing football, singing songs, and doing arts and crafts with them - a truly rewarding and enriching experience.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
As part of your volunteer experience, you will work with neglected or outcast children at a local orphanage or shelter. Your activities could involve helping with study and education, making music and art together, playing games and sports or just bringing love, care and affection into the blighted lives of these deserving children. We invite you to use your creativity and imagination whatever you are interested in.
Schedules are not strictly structured and there is plenty of room for you to implement your own ideas. Volunteers are expected to take responsibility for their own project within their placement, either continuing a previous volunteer's work or starting something new and exciting. You will discover the enormity of the difficulties these marginalised children have experienced and have the opportunity to make a great difference.