India: Providing perspective through education, social development and health care
Society for Serving Humanity (SSH) offers children and their families a well thought out and proven comprehensive approach, focused on education, social development, health care and social integration.
Education for 1 child can be the start of a change in the mindset of the entire community.
This project ensures that 1 child can go to school per family. Unfair? Often an impossible choice for (grand) parents, but this approach by SSH ultimately changes the mindset of the entire community. The whole family 'learns', benefits from the construction of a vegetable garden, and benefits from the practical necessities the child receives. Such as a table to keep your homework dry, or a clock so you can get to school on time.
In addition to training, information is provided about HIV/AIDS and hygiene. Children from different castes and religions, whether or not affected by HIV/AIDS, come together in Children's Clubs to learn and play. Themes such as healthy food, hygiene and sustainability are discussed and the children themselves discuss their ideas with the village elders. Children learn how to actively stand up for their rights.
Why this project partner
With over 30 years of experience, SSH has developed an approach, in a very deprived region of India, that convinces every visitor to this project of its impact. It is not without reason that investor LeasePlan tripled the financial support after their visit to India.
In addition to the focus on education, SSH also sets up women's networks and guides them towards a self-supporting system. By sharing (financial) knowledge, much more is possible for this vulnerable group. For example, they learn how to apply for subsidy for a pension or widow's benefit from the government.
Without a doubt, founder Britto Selveraj is the most stubborn local hero we know. A challenge to help him make his organization more self-reliant, because his latest plans always require even more money. But because he is a big dreamer, he now has his own school, The ChildPlan Academy, with support from Net4kids, where 600 children can receive high-quality education.
How your company can contribute to this project
Do you work in the healthcare sector? Or are you focusing on more diversity in your company or is female entrepreneurship a theme that appeals to you? Then this could be a project that suits your company.