Humanitäre Unterstützung für Menschen in Armut und Not

Keshwa Child Welfare Center

At the Keshwa Child Welfare Center the HUMAN foundation collaborates with Creation India Society (CIS) to help children from impoverished families to attend school and spend time in daycare.

CIS is headed by Dr. Satyah Prakash and his wife Mala (see picture left) who after his studies started social work and eventually founded CIS in 2004.

In Robertsganj a total of 2500 families live in poverty, with approximately 8500 children impacted. The below poverty line (BPL) in Robertsganj is at € 35 per month.

Currently we support 33 children at our facility (22 girls and 11 boys) aged between 4 and 15 years. In January 2017 we could increase the number of students by 13. Keshwa Child Welfare Center is open to orphans (currently two children) and disabled or sick children (currently three) who in addition, as far as we can afford, get the appropriate medical treatment at the center. Again, all personnel (caretakers) is local.

We strive to implement a holistic concept, encompassing the aspects of formal education and in addition after school and during school holidays we teach social skills, hygiene and health improvement techniques. The group indulges in singing, dancing, painting and playing games. Joint activities also including their relatives and neighbors are key for improving their future lives. A hot meal is served for all children once a day – in many cases the only thorough source of nutrition for the students.

After the regular curriculum and a public school exam, we offer apprenticeships in Computer-Science, fashion design, sewing and cosmetics like the popular hand & arm painting. After the successful exam the students receive a certificate from the public authorities. We further support the search for jobs or the founding of a startup company.

The project further aims at enabling the parents and relatives of the participants in job search and sustaining their living cost – 70% of participant families are either unemployed or rely on short term labor. After some difficulties in approaching and reaching the participant families we managed to develop the relationship very positively, mostly due to the local staff of the center, who are familiar with the families’ customs and living circumstances. By now we have a steadily growing number of applicants for the program.

We noticed that children who participate in the program develop from very little self-esteem, a rather aggressive attitude and lack of interest for schooling into open and engaged contributors. This happens mostly already during their first year of participation. This change and the goal to open up more positive options for their future lives, drives us and the local staff in our engagement.

In future, we aim at opening an entire new building to house the children of the CIS program.