Projects

Our projects spread over multiple states in India, and serve over 30,000 children of all ages. All projects provide quality education for children, specifically girls, through four core areas: computer education, vocational training, disability and mental health, and K-12 education. Home of Hope projects bring safety and new opportunities by nurturing children, building their confidence and providing well-tested educational opportunities – especially for those who are deaf, blind, abandoned, orphaned, physically or mentally challenged, or otherwise disadvantaged.

Vocational Training

Beyond education and care, there is another important aspect to lifelong empowerment—skills based learning. At HOH, we support three projects that help youth obtain skills that give them steady employment. They range from an IT skills course, to handicraft and the arts. Having the opportunity to learn a variety skills that will still allow them to make a living wage and support themselves is key.

SEC

Project Title: Society for the Education of the Crippled
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Partner Since: 2009

SEC was introduced to Home of Hope by Rekha Gupta. Many youth are served by SEC, focusing on children of all ages who are handicapped and severely crippled, and whose families cannot arrange for the schooling of their special needs children, or pay annual fees. HOH's involvement began in 2009 to assist with Phase 1 of a vocational training program, where four students participated in half day sessions three times a week to learn to make paper bags and envelopes. The number of students in the program was soon increased to 14. The program supplied transportation and hired a special teacher for vocational training, which included the making of paper cards and lanterns, and weaving. After learning these skills, two former students were able to get packaging jobs, significantly increasing their self-esteem while also providing them with income.

Phase II began in 2010, with classes held five days a week. The number of students increased, and the transportation bus route was extended. Training programs were introduced for the teachers to enhance their communication skills with disabled students, and an early intervention program was introduced to improve the students' English skills. The number of vocational courses also increased.

SEC children have multiple disabilities and different levels of intellectual impairment, and the program that has evolved at SEC reflects the need for a flexible approach and curriculum to meet the variety of needs of the students. However, the graduates of the vocational training courses who found jobs are certainly an example of success. So is the students' art exhibition, which was held at the prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai.

Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- More teachers to reduce the teacher student ratio from 1:10 to 1:3
- Teaching materials designed to help students proceed at their own speed

Success Story
Ganesha gazes benevolently out of the painting, beautifully executed against a swirling backdrop of muted greens, creams, and greys. Would you believe the artist has a congenital anomaly that caused him to be born with no arms, and that he accomplished all those expertly rendered brush strokes with his feet? The artist, Bandenawaz, is a student of the Society of Education for the Crippled (SEC). His family almost sold him to a circus before his mother had a last minute change of heart. Even after the family decided to keep Bandenawaz, no school would accept him because of his special needs. When he came to the SEC, the school found him a sponsor to foster his love of painting, and hone his skills.

Koshish

Project Title: The Koshish School and Computer Center
Location: South Delhi
Partner Since: 2009

New Priyanka, South Delhi is known for its slums, populated by poor squatters and unskilled migrant laborers. Before the Koshish School opened in 1992, the children assumed that their lives were doomed to be the same as their parents' lives. Koshish School was formed by Dr. Ajanta Chakravarty with his personal funds, and is a nonprofit educational school for students from preschool to 10th grade for the students who live in the nearby slums. Approximately 180 children attend the school. Koshish School tutors the students so that they can attend government-run schools, and keeps them from dropping out.

In 2009, the school was dilapidated even by Indian standards, with no safe drinking water, toilet facilities or electricity, and limited access to school supplies, equipment, and recreational activities. Home of Hope donors have made it possible to pay for a full-time teacher, two sets of tailored uniforms for each of the 180 students, and educational games. Infrastructure was improved by gaining uninterrupted power supply units to power fans and lights, water connections and storage tanks, flush toilets, courtyard paving, repainting, and playground equipment.

Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Health and Sanitary Improvements
- Facility improvements

Success Story
Chandan is just one example of how a little effort (koshish is the Hindi word for try) can make a huge difference. At Nilima's last visit, Chandan sported a new tie so he could, as he said in English, make "a most positive and special image for our meeting." Chandan is proud of his proficiency in English and wants to become a scientist, a choice inspired by the light bulb he created for a school project. For him, the light bulb lit up a future filled with possibility, far beyond what his laborer father, who works in a nearby dyeing factory, could ever imagine!

SSS

Project Title: Sunder Shewak Sabha
Location: South Mumbai, Maharashtra
Partner Since: 2014

Sunder Shewak Sabha (SSS) is a Trust (foundation) that assists and funds financially disadvantaged scholarly youth for higher education. The group started informally with ways to support students, but in the last few years, it has grown dramatically. The team believes that education is the best way to bring such families out of poverty. They offer scholarships to high IQ students with financial challenges for higher education and professionally oriented courses.

In the last two decades, the government greatly withdrew from the field of higher education, leaving the sector to private players, making it virtually impossible for disadvantaged groups to pursue engineering, medicine, business, and other highly trained subjects. It is here that SSS has come to assist and empower disadvantaged students, out of which, in 2013, were more than 70% female students. As of 2014, more than 100 SSS students have finished their education, becoming engineers, doctors and charted accountants. Some of the students are continuing their educational journey in the US.

SSS also runs the Nari Shalla and Doctors Assistance Course where every year, more than 200 female students are trained for tailoring and nursing.

Other important numbers include:
- 60% of funds given per students are less than 10K INR ($164 USD)
- Median funding amounts per student is INR14K ($229 USD)
- 50+ students have already voluntarily donated back to the fund more than INR 700K ($11K)

In 2015, SSS plans to fund the education of 1,000 students and open branch offices. The Trust is well run by individuals who work voluntarily and tirelessly, weekdays and weekends, to meet the needs of students and families. They ensure funds are given to worthy candidates, keeping the success rate of SSS very high. Home of Hope partners with SSS to raise funds for Sunder Shewak Sabha's education services.

Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Building out the Scholarship Fund

Success Story
Jyothi Phulwani comes from a lower income family. Her grandfather passed away while Jyothi's father was still young. In order to afford basic necessities for Jyoti and his other children, she was forced to give up his hopes for higher education and took up a menial job. Since Jyothi was very hard working and intelligent, she was able to secure numerous scholarships. After Jyothi completed her engineering degree with high honors, she received considerable support and enrolled at the prestigious Veermata Jijabai Technical Institude at Mumbai, ranked in the top 25 of all Indian universities. However, her passion for a premier education set her sights on completing a Master in Computer Science from the United States. So, SSS assisted Jyoti in getting a subsidized loan to complete such a program at the University of Utah. Jyoti is currently managing through a fee waiver and a Teaching Assistant position at the University. Jyothi's sense of responsibility lead her to spend the two years before going to the US working to pay back SSS for all of the support she received. She is now looking forward to helping support her siblings and family once she starts earning in the US.

Paanpoee

Project Title: Paanpoee Vachanalay
Location: Pune, Maharashtra
Partner Since: 2013

In 2003, we began to work with the Vanasthali Rural Development Center. Paanpoee is a mobile library project that began with the simple goal of giving children in rural areas the opportunity to read more books. Things snowballed from there, and soon a mobile library project was born! They have been operational since 1981 and have schools in 8 rural districts. We wanted to distribute books to centers of these regions and distribute the books with wonderful characters, pictures and maps to children between 3 and 6 years old to stir their imagination.

From the Center, up to 50 books are packed into canvas bags, and transported on bicycles to monthly meetings or training camps. By watching a child holding a book for the first time, or hearing a student describe how new doors that have been opened for her, you will understand what motivates us.

Partnerships are established with booksellers who provide PaanPoee Vachanalay with educational and entertaining books that are teacher-approved. Then, plenty of volunteers and teachers work together for book distribution, and in some cases, mini library establishments at different schools. The highlight of these operations? The glowing book reports children write after reading every book.

Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Home of Hope has supplied PaanPoee with a transportation van to deliver these books to a center, where the teachers fill their canvas bags with 40 to 50 books and deliver them to the families on their bikes
- Also, there are two locations where the Mobile Library carries books and educational toys - currently, one is in Baramati where 57 schools are being worked with, reaching between 80 children each day, and the other is in Somatne, where there are 40 villages, serving 4,000 children
- An example is how the well-organized this is, the Jejuri School, who has classes taught by Government approved teachers, has strong support from the parents, and they also are accessing books by Paanpoee program
- Another example are the 15 'Ashram Schools', set up for the children of migrant workers. There are 54 teachers working with 1,448 students, and the PaanPoee books are taken directly to them

From the administrative point, HOH has helped VRDC appoint a part-time office assistant, to help with:
- accounting: follow-up with centers and maintaining status reports; an assistant has been hired to work with shops and publishers directly for more books, mailing to villages and delivering to outlying centers
- taking on 2 more members of the team at the office who will work closely with people in villages and sub-centers; equip the organization with material to send to small villages outside of the area they are working in now; and add another 'Mobile Library'.

Saidham

Project Title: Shirdi Sai Babaa Temple Society
Location: Faridabad, Haryana
Partner Since: 2004

Popularly known as Saidham, this free, government-recognized school is run by the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society, a secular NGO. The society was started in Faridabad in 1988 by Saiseval Motilal Gupta with the goal to help the underprivileged, and serves about 1500 students in classes up to 9th grade.

Saidham employs a holistic approach to education. Not only does it provide a free, well-rounded curriculum that includes sports, yoga, dance, and music along with academics, it also takes care of family expenses by supplying uniforms and school supplies. They look after students' nutrition and health by including free breakfast and lunch, and free medical and dental care. To prepare them for life after school, Saidham offers vocational training for older youth. As a great example of cross-project collaboration, Saidham played a crucial role in providing vocational training for women from the Mijwan school.

Home of Hope Funding Focus:
- Improve English Communication
- Improve Science Labs
- Add a computer lab/curriculum

Success Story
By far, Saidham's biggest success story has been the introduction of formal computer instruction with an NIIT-based curriculum. Access to the internet and computer instruction has provided a window into the broader world and greatly expanded the students' horizons. Home of Hope's sponsorship of a new computer lab and curriculum in 2010 has snowballed, with staff and students making enthusiastic use of their previously donated computers. In 2012, another computer lab was funded by the Rotary Club, and the generosity of a Home of Hope donor made 16 sets of EDUComp projectors and smart boards available. These twenty-first century tools have made it possible for the students to develop a valuable skill set to take them forward into today's world.

Seva Nilayam

Project Title: Seva Nilayam
Location: Coimbatore, tamil Nadu
Partner Since: 2017

Seva nilayam (www.sevanilayam.org )founded in yr 1948 by T.V. Thillaiammal, is located in coimbatore whose mission is
"To Empower Orphaned GIRL Children Through EDUCATION and VOCATIONAL TRAINING"

Seva Nilayam is a home for over 2000 abandoned and orphaned girl child. It is a huge family of girl children and delivers happiness to them all .

Founder TV Thillaiammal , who was inspired by Gandhi Ji ,has been conferred with a number of awards, including "Sevai Annai" and "Outstanding Social Service Award."