Aysha Ali wouldn’t take no for an answer when it came to her education. Now, she’s found the self-confidence needed to take her future into her own hands.
A teenager enrolled in the Children International program in India starts a small business and uses the microenterprise to challenge gender barriers and create change in her community.
Despite the hardships many face in Kolkata, India, children and youth are finding hope through CI’s programs that help them become healthy, educated, employable and empowered to break the cycle of poverty.
These are some of the most serious challenges that poor Indians are facing right now. But we’ve got a solid plan for tackling these issues. Want to learn more about our approach and programs?.
Poor hygienic conditions make life miserable for those who live in the slums of India. About one-third of Indian children suffer from lung problems due to pollution and unsafe living.
How we’re helping
Access to regular health care and medicine give sponsored kids a real advantage over their less-fortunate peers.
Our Youth Health Corps members are marching for change! These youth train their peers on proper health and hygiene and provide basic first-aid in their communities. (They’re also vocal supporters for gender equality and against early marriage.)
Lack of access to job training and opportunities continue the poverty cycle for Indian families. Delhi and Kolkata have many jobs available but only for skilled workers. We don’t want poverty to hold back talented and hard-working youth from finding good jobs!
How we’re helping
Our Career Readiness Centers prepare youth for the workplace with career counselling, resume writing instruction, mock job interviews, exposure visits to local companies, job fairs and motivational talks from other successful youth and business professionals.
ESL (English as a Second Language) education helps youth find better jobs because English is the primary language in government and corporate workplaces.
The Indian educational experience is decidedly lacking. Densely populated areas, like the slums where our kids live, have an inadequate teacher-to-child ratio. Conditions are so poor and supplies so scarce that students barely have the chance to learn in the classroom.
How we’re helping
Our Early Childhood Development program helps bridge the “readiness gap” by poorer children. Lessons on shapes and color, poetry, alphabet and numbers, singing and speaking give them a head start and clear advantage in India’s competitive lottery-based placement system.
Scholarships allow determined youth to continue their schooling or learn vocational skills.
Stories from India
The phenomenal journey of Phirdous
Children International’s programs and support gave Phirdous what she needed most: The ability and confidence to be her own advocate.
A pair of glossy braids snake around Phirdous’ shoulders as she speaks. Each black plait is capped with small fabric scraps. The tiny bows sway with each gesture. She is the perfect image of girlhood: bright eyes, happy smile and excited stories. Hard to believe, were it not for the lessons learned from CI, she would have become a child bride.
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What is a community center? Only one of the most important places for our kids!
Tilden-Keller Family Community Center
This center in Delhi offers about 4,500 kids a welcome oasis from the challenges of urban poverty. Because we only recently began working in Delhi, we’re serving mostly younger kids through medical and dental clinics, a library and a computer lab.
Shahabad Dairy opened August 6, 2016
The Ahuja Family Community Center gives over 5,000 kids access to regular medical care and educational support. Just as importantly, encouraging role models will help them grow up healthy, educated and empowered with the skills they need to find good jobs. There are still opportunities to get involved and make a meaningful impact on our kids' lives.