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Hope School situated in the Chittibabu colony, on National Highway 5, near Tatichetla palem, of Visakhapatnam City, was started in March 2014. The main agenda of the hope-school is to bridge the gap in the way of life between the slum children and the school going children. Our effort is to increase the less fortunate children capacity to learn from the school. The school is running from the year 2013 and was able to successfully enroll 30 children in various government and private schools since then. The school realizes that compulsory education is no longer serving to the bridge the socio-economic gap, and the school is convinced that the slum child's learning deficiency is not inherent, it is more likely due to the consequence of deprived education in their early life.

The main occupations of the slum dwellers include picking rags, hair collection, selling brooms and few others resort to begging as well. They leave home around 5 am in the morning to start with their daily chores and return home in the evening. They borrow money from the third party for high-interest rates (reason being, they do not show any guarantee) and repay them in the evening through the hard-earned money.
 
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Another School, Louise Grenier School or L.G. School is started in 2014, again with the support of CCI, Canada. It is started to educate the children in the slum of Dayananda Nagar colony, who are not going to school but are engaged in child labour.Dayananda Nagar is a slum situated near Kancharapalem area of the city. Like in all slums, low income, big family size, alcohol abuse of parents are the reasons behind the children not going to school. Another major hindrance in is that the colony is adjacent to a big number of rail lines, after crossing of which only, the children are able to reach schools. As a result the parents do not feel so motivated to send the children to school, especially the younger ones.Fortunately after running successfully for three year, a government school is opened in the slum and we were able to integrate the children into the school.
 
Kidpower then shifted from Dayanand nagar to Rammurthy pantulu peta. It is observed there is more gender discrimination in this area. In this area, most of the parents send their sons to the schools and daughters are kept back home. Particularly girls above 11 years are not sent to any school but are kept at home to work and to look after the younger siblings.

The schoolsare run on weekdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, under the guidance of social workers. The challenge, however, is attracting the kids to the school rather than going for their daily chores. To support the motive and to encourage the kids, hope-school takes numerous measures.
 
To support the motive and to encourage the kids, hope-school takes numerous measures. Measures include:
 
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Providing them with fruits and snacks after every session.
» Buy them clothes, bags, school going stationery.
» Old clothes collected as part of donation are also dispersed once in two months.
 
The main challenge is to handle a batch of varied age groups. The varied age group creates a problem of effective teaching. However, the teachers have been consistently successful in grooming these kids and making them the right fit to enroll in schools. Another challenge is the inconsistent batch size, barring a few, the same set of children do not turn up every day.

The teacher's main goal is to avoid and make sure that the skills only take an upward path. Particularly, the patience of the teacher in dealing with the students is noteworthy. They play a major in reducing the gap between the slum children and the school world.The schools have been successfully able to reduce the instances of child labour and Child Trafficking.
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