Our work and programmes
|Social education programmes||
Government shelter for children: Boys Home ProgrammeSince 2001, Peace Child India has been working actively with young people from disadvantaged communities. Our focus areas have been social medicine, education and entrepreneurship.
This is a shelter run by the Government for children who have been rescued from abusive employers, who have run away from home, who are addicts or have been caught committing petty crime. The home it self is a pretty bleak and depressing place, where children are routinely locked up and provided with limited food, medicine and counselling. Our volunteers visit the Boys Home everyday, providing a vital lifeline for these children, by providing them with crayons, play equipment, a reading room, books, excursions to parks, soap, towels and other necessities for a small window into a normal childhood. Most importantly, our volunteers provide love and routine in the chaotic lives of these children.
We desperately need volunteer and material help.
Government rural schools: Reading room programmeSince August 2004, Peace Child India has chosen 50 Government rural schools, in a structured plan to improve infrastructure. The idea is that with better books, reading rooms and toilets, student attendance and attention will improve, and better access to library and playtime resources will improve the quality of education in these targeted schools.
The idea is to document the changes we've noticed and then petition the Government, with its vast resources to provide what we as a small organisation with limited resources and volunteer help have been able to provide.
The reading room programme is an important aspect of the Government rural schools initiative, establishing a space for the children's creativity and imagination and providing a foothold into the school for further work there. To date, Peace Child India has established a successful reading room in 25 schools.
The Health, Nutrition, Hygiene Programme
Peace Child India cooperatives
Peace Child India promotes handmade paper and Khadi* products, as a means of providing a sustainable income to economically and socially mariginalised communities.
|How do we fund these programmes and support our work?|
Approach to fundingOur priority is to ensure the stability, sustainability and continuation of our important projects. There is nothing worse than initiating meaningful work and then letting people down due to the lack of adequate funding. Peace Child India requires an optimum number of trained staff and resources to carry out our work. There are innumerable instances of small organisations having to close down essential services due to the lack of funding for members of staff involved in operations so it was decided early on to secure a sustainable source of income. Most of our non-project funds goes to paying for these resources and staff costs. Administration and management costs are kept to a minimum.
Peace Child India receives a small monthly maintenance from Peace Child International in the UK. Apart from this maintenance, we realised early in on that relying on external funders is an unsustainable way to function, as funds are often stopped or reduced due to the inability of the funder, their changed priorities or a change in their area of operations. Sometimes it could just be the end of a particular funding programme. To counter this, and also not to have the burden of professional fund-raising services, Peace Child India evolved to become a social enterprise in its own right, raising funds through organising work placement and tours for paying volunteers.
Three parts ruleMoney raised through intern contributions, visiting school groups and mixed groups on meaningful tours is spent according to the three parts rule.
The money raised is divided into three parts. The first part is used as part of project costs to make sure that the project can be completed. The second part is used to cover intern, school/tour group board, lodging and travel costs. The third part is used for operations, resources and staff costs towards the project.
In this way, we ensure that projects are sustainable and can be completed, without relying on external aid.
Project support goes solely to the projectsFrom time to time, we do raise funds towards specific projects or project costs. For example, at the Government Boys Home, there was an urgent need for a carer or 'House Father', effectively a trained parent figure to look after the immediate needs of the children housed there. This need was met by raising funds specific to the set up and maintenance cost of this part of the Government Boys Home project.
None of the money raised in this way is used for anything other than the project the money was raised for. Peace Child India has a strict rule of using project funds raised for specific project for the project itself and not anything else, however pressing other issues might be.