Kidpower India is working in the slums of Visakhapatnam to eradicate child labour through bridge schools and full scholarships for children to study in low cost private schools. Most of the families are rag pickets, hair collection, selling brooms, begging and few go to daily wage labor. They are in extreme poverty and have no savings. It is to be noted most of the families are of large size with each family having 3-4 children on an average.
At present, we are working in 2 slums of Visakhapatnam: Ekalavya Colony and Chittibabu Colony. About 430 families live in these slums. With the support of CCI, Canada we are running two bridge schools: Hope and LG bridge schools. Around 20-30 children attend the schools and are provided basic education.
At present, we are working in 2 slums of Visakhapatnam: Ekalavya Colony and Chittibabu Colony. About 430 families live in these slums. With the support of CCI, Canada we are running two bridge schools: Hope and LG bridge schools. Around 20-30 children attend the schools and are provided basic education. After a year they are integrated back into regular schools. When the children are in extreme poverty and the parents are in no position to support the education then we provide the child full scholarship and take care of the child education cost.
Because of lack of skilled training many women are working in hazardous and ill payed jobs like rag picking, scrap collection, hair collection etc. In order to allow the woman to choose a more respected and better paid profession, we have started tailoring classes in the slums. To switch from their present profession to tailoring the course has to be tailor made and they need lot of support.
After thorough learning and ample practice the women can choose to join to work with some of the established tailors or they can work from home by accepting to stitch clothes in their neighbourhoods. What is heartening to see is that most of participants are young, means 16-18 years. This are girls who have dropped out of education. It is very good that they are coming forward to learn the course. This will help them to explore new career rather than following their parents into rag-picking or getting married immediately.
As a community which lives on day to day basis, Coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, has long devastating effect on the lives of the slum dwellers. Apart from reduced income they also have to battle the inflation of food items. The impact is more strongly felt in the vulnerable groups: old people and families with large children. In order to support the vulnerable communities overcome the devasting economic impact, we started providing ration kits from the beginning of April 2019.
The dry ration kit consisted of 15-25 Kgs of rice, dal, cooking oil, sugar, nutritious supplements and sanitation items. In the beginning months of COVID19 pandemic, the focus was on members of community who were unable to work because of lockdown rules and have lost their income. Now our focus is on vulnerable groups. The old people are not allowed to work or go out because of the specific COVID19 infection risk they face. While a number of children are not receiving enough food and are staying hungry. We are providing dray ration kits to 100+ old people and 200+ families with large number of children.
"The Less We See with Our Eyes, The More We See with Our Souls," resonates deeply among our children. We at Kidpower agree that there is still vision, even without sight. Vision to crack the myths, vision to hit the apex, vision to fulfil the wishes of these innocent eyes. We at Kidpower hope to provide "Power" to our children to be what they want to be.
"Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow.”- Jawaharlal Nehru. Education is something that no one can take away from a person, Education is the key that unlocks the golden door to freedom. We at Kidpower, believe in this thought-provoking quote by Jawaharlal Nehruand dedicate our lives to be the guiding light of the lives of our kids
Kidpower isn't about someone doing everything, but about everyone doing something. We connect with our souls with our kids, henceforth we call our home "Manasu Homes" where Manasu means "Soul". We are one close knit family with a vision to teach children to learn how to stay safe, act wisely and believe in them and to work with vulnerable children and protect their rights.
"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear." Nelson Mandela. We are driven by our vision to create cultures of caring, respect, safety for all children in India. This requires efforts and commitment to train and prepare for safety by all of us.