Over 5400 vulnerable children live today across 97 registered Child Care Institutions (CCI) in Trivandrum according to the Social Justice Department of Kerala. The categories of children in Trivandrum are those who are orphaned, abandoned, destitute, living in extreme poverty and abused. Before coming to shelter homes, they worked as child laborers, were involved in begging or robbery. You would find them with delinquent groups or roaming around railway stations. Once the child is admitted in the shelter home or any other correctional homes, the society believes that they have thus gotten rid of these delinquent children. People as well as the children believe that this is the end of their life.
We envision a world where the vulnerable children learn with joy and happiness; and become integral part of the larger society, contributing to its growth.
We prepare vulnerable children through inspiring education; empowering them by developing their cognitive, life and social skills; engaging them to integrate with the society by mentoring, networking and follow-up activities.
To invoke interest and generate curiosity among the children from the CCIs through interactive learning and teaching methods.
To identify their learning abilities and facilitate them to develop their capacities.
To empower them to identify their skills and provide support to nurture and develop those skills.
To provide career guidance and opportunities for youngsters in Child Care Institutions.
To provide integration assistance and support even after they move out of the CCIs.
A child care institution means Children’s Home, Open Shelter, Observation Home, Special Home, Place of Safety, Specialized Adoption Agency and a Fit Facility recognized under the Act for providing care and protection to children, who are in need of such services (Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015). From the Child Care Institutions, children are sent to public schools for education. But these children have poor academic performance and low motivation levels. Since these children don’t have proper formal education before joining the care homes; they lack basic literacy and numeric skills and not interested to sit in public schools. And very few of them foresee good career opportunities and a bright future for themselves.