Ladli is a vocational training program for abused, orphaned and destitute children. For most of these children the alternative to Ladli is begging, child labour or prostitution. At Ladli they learn jewellery-making and skills such as tailoring and stitch-work. They also study other subjects, including English, Drawing and Dance. The benefit to the children is far greater than education and employability; they also gain confidence, social skills and self-esteem. Ladli is a place where emotional damage and stresses of extreme poverty can in some way be healed.
The first centre was established for girls in August 2005; a centre for boys opened in February 2006 and eventually a centre opened in the heart of city (Hathroi) in August 2007. These centres are located in Jaipur, India, and are projects of I-India – a local, non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose donors include Unicef, Finland and the Government of India. Ladli is currently attended by about seventy five girls and fifty boys. We are expanding every day. We want to help more.
At Ladli children are taught in small groups of 5-8. They spend the day rotating through different classes, as well as having breaks for food and exercise. The centre is a safe and pleasant environment. The children are excited to come to Ladli; they laugh and have fun.
Jaipur is a city with a tradition of excellence in jewellery-making. The centre’s children possess remarkable aptitude and flair and the best of their high-quality, creative output is offered for purchase. The proceeds from these and other sales go to the children and towards funding the project. Nonetheless, Ladli still requires hefty subsidies and currently these come almost entirely from foreign individuals. All donations to Ladli go exclusively toward this project; there are no deductions for administration or any other expenses.
A&C of Norway is supporting the Ladli project under its social responsibility initiatives. The company is not only distributing the handmade products developed by Ladli children but also advocating the overall cause and mission of I-India N.G.O. in Europe. Arts & Crafts work non-profit to support the Ladli project. For more details about the collaboration, follow the link: http://www.ac.no
We have great plans for Ladli in the future. We want to formalise the curriculum and introduce diplomas. We want to create a job placement program to assist children when they turn eighteen. We want to more fully develop the centre for boys. And, of course, we want to help more and more children. In Jaipur alone there are hundreds of thousands of boys and girls living in shacks, tents or homeless on the street. With Ladli we believe we have a warm and winning recipe to help children regain their childhoods and secure their futures.
we need is love (and some money, too!)