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Anita, 15

"Before Ladli I felt really sad. My parents wanted to sell me for prostitution. I ran away and came to Ladli. Now I feel very good and happy.”

I-India is an NGO working for abused, orphaned and destitute children. It is located in Jaipur, and since its inception in 1993 thousands of tourists and several tour groups have visited its different projects. Their response has been overwhelmingly positive.

Projects open for visits:

Shower Bus/School on Wheels Project:

The shower bus visits I-India's School on Wheels street centres daily and provides the children there with an on-the spot shower. Soap, shampoo, anti-lice lotion, combs and toothpaste are also provided, as is hygiene education.

The School on Wheels brings education to children who do not go to regular school. These children may be forced to work because of poverty, or there may be no nearby government school, or they and their parents may not understand the value of education. The School on Wheels reaches out to them by bringing a school to where they live.

Shelter homes/Orphanages:

I-India is operating 6 different shelter homes in Jaipur city for runaway and orphaned children living on the streets of Jaipur. The home aims to rehabilitate the boys and girls from exploitation, begging and child labour by giving them protection, love and development possibilities.

Ladli Project:

At Ladli children learn jewellery-making, tailoring and other skills. They also study Dance, Art and English. Ladli is a relaxed and pleasant environment where children gain confidence and self-esteem as well as education. For most, the alternative to Ladli is begging, child labour or prostitution.

Jhag Children's Village:

I-India is presently constructing an energy sustainable facility which will provide a comprehensive programme to fulfil long-term needs for education, vocational training and some emergency shelter for destitute children.

The proposed facility is being constructed in the rural area of Jhag (located 45 KM south of Jaipur on the Jaipur-Ajmer national highway), on the five acre block of land which has been sold at a nominal cost to I-India by the Government of Rajasthan, India.

The village is almost up with a shelter home for 50 children and a school for 200 children. The Shelter home is constructed with the help of Singapore people, through "Street Child Project Singapore" While the school building is ready with the help of I-India Project Australia and CAF Australia

YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO VISIT THESE PROJECTS. Visitors are driven the short distance from their hotel to these projects, shown around, and then given the opportunity to interact with these childre, play or dance with them and also buy some of the jewellery and handicrafts made by the children. Sales and donations go entirely to the children and toward funding the project.

I-India has an active volunteer program. Volunteers can teach and play with the children, or help with the day-to-day running of the centre. Jewellery and textile designers are especially needed.

For more details contact:

+91982-901-1124
+91982-815-3317
 

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