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.
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.
At Ether India, we want to transform the lives of these children.
For these children, the need of the hour is to evoke interest and generate curiosity to learn. Through this, they need to be integrated with the larger society. Education should facilitate the children to identify their interests, skills and set up their goals. Ether India a registered Non-governmental Organization provides the children to achieve this through different levels of interventions: Education, Empowerment and Engagement. To accomplish this, we also provide support to the staff and management of particular Child Care Institutions and the parents of the beneficiaries.