is located in the poor desert city of Jaipur, India. For most
of our children their alternative is begging, child labour,
or even prostitution, but at Ladli they learn to make jewellery
and handicrafts - valuable skills in Jaipur. The children are
also taught Hindi, English, Art and Dance, and provided nutrition,
medical check-ups and counselling. Most importantly of all they
gain confidence, hope and self-esteem. We believe that in addition
to providing children education and employability, Ladli is
a place where emotional trauma and the stresses of poverty can
in some way be healed.
They are taught in small groups and can choose what and when they
want to learn. As well as studying, the children play games and
exercise. The environment is fun, safe and relaxed. The first
centre was opened for girls
in August 2005; a centre for boys
opened in February 2006. Currently, approximately 100 children,
aged 10-18, attend Ladli, but we desperately want to help more.
is a project of I-India,
a local non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose donors and supporters have
included Unicef, World Bank, Finland, Intrepid Travel, Australia and the Government of India. I-India
provides homes, street schools, vocational training and a crisis help
line to the most needy street children of Jaipur. It was established
in 1993 and helps over 3000 children daily.
half the children who attend Ladli live in one of I-India’s
most of these also attend a regular school. The others live on the
street with their families but usually do not go to school. In the
harsh reality of these children’s lives the choice is not between
school and Ladli, but between Ladli and begging or exploitation. All
Ladli children receive payment regardless of their ability. The children
living in our homes have money paid into bank accounts that have been
opened in their names; the children living on the street are paid
cash, this helps their poor families and encourages their parents
to allow their children to come to Ladli, rather than work.
Jaipur is a city with a tradition
of excellence in jewellery and handicraft making.
The centre’s children possess remarkable aptitude and as part
of their training they produce high-quality products.
These items are offered for sale, the proceeds of which go entirely
to the children and toward funding the project. Jaipur receives many
tourists and foreign business people. By advertising in local hotels
we have attracted hundreds of such visitors to the project. Their
response has been overwhelmingly positive and their generous orders,
purchases and donations cover about 50% of total operating costs.
The other 50% is financed by a small group of foreign individuals.
The revenues from sales thus enable the project to help more children
than it could otherwise afford to.
Tens of thousands
of street children in Jaipur are engaged in child labour and receive
no education. Ladli gives some of these children what they really
need, but we must reach more. To
do so all we need is a little help.
Ladli is a vocational training program for street children living in jaipur india. The program intends to provide Vocational Training, Education & Emotional support to Children in special need. Jewellery making, Handicraft making & other specialized trainings initiated for poor children, they get daily one time meal, attend non-formal education, drawing lessons & Indian Classical dance classes.
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