HOPE’s 12 month programme is to help vulnerable street children who are not receiving adequate support or education from the government's Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS); set up to provide food, preschool education and primary healthcare to children from under-served communities.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in Scotland (SC038809)
"Kolkata has been hit with tragedy after tragedy. This is an extraordinary charity and I'm proud to work with them. Please help if you can."
“To have some part in seeing Nandini escape from absolute poverty and become a well-educated, respected and fulfilled young woman has been one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done”.
"Nothing brings more joy and happiness than helping others, especially when you know you are helping to create lasting change. Through Child Sponsorship and continuing to support the amazing work of Hope in Kolkata I know I am creating a ripple effect that will be felt for years to come".
"The help, the care HOPE provide street children who would otherwise be victims of abuse and abject poverty is extraordinary."
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) have been inadequately funded for years. Pre-school education, nutrition & access to pre-school for slum dwelling communities is seriously lacking. Staff allocated to ICDS are not trained in, nor practise in a child centred way. Poor physical infrastructure & facilities in ICDS buildings, mean that health & hygiene is severely compromised or non-existent. The majority of slum dwelling families don't send their children to the ICDS for these reasons.
HOPE is working with 18 ICDS centres and their staff, to ensure that the centres infrastructural needs are met, (inc. water & sanitation provision), and that buildings are rendered child centred and safe. HOPE works with ICDS staff to facilitate and train them in child centred methodologies, conducts health, education and nutrition awareness programmes in slum communities where ICDS centres are located. HOPE is engaged with local government authorities who are responsible for the ICDS centres.
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