Since September 2017, Students for Children works together with the local partner foundation Duniya. This collaborative project takes place in the slum Ngawa, located in the city Varanasi in India. Due to poverty in this slum, education is often not available for children growing up in Ngawa. Most of the children have to work to earn money for their family. Therefore, Duniya found a school where children are able to follow high quality education for a minimal fee. As a follow-up to education on this elementary school, Duniya started the project Duniya Generation, which enables the children to go to high school after graduating primary school.
Children living in slums rarely have the possibility of pursuing secondary education due to high costs and the caste system. The good relation between the foundation and the principal of the Mahamana Madan Mohan inter College enable former students of the primary school to pursue further studies. By means of the project Duniya generation, tuition fees, uniforms and school materials of these children will be sponsored. Additionally, children can get daily homework assistance at their previous elementary school. This also enables them to signalize problems and to solve them. Students for Children supports this project by covering the costs of education for this group of students.
We started this project with the financial support of 15 children. Unfortunately, three children dropped out of school due to various reasons, meaning that we support a group of 12 children at the moment. The group of girls and boys is very motivated to make the most out of their school career. The board of Students for Children has received beautiful letters, in which the students describe their living situation in which they grow up and tell about their future dreams. Their dreams vary from becoming a teacher to doctor, professional dancer or policeman. We are happy to enable this group of children to pursue their dreams in the real world!