Most children in the slums in Hyderabad are studying in small private schools near their homes. The fees for the schools work out to almost Rs 15000 per year per child on an average including the cost of books and uniforms. Families that face an income shock due to the death of the main bread winner, serious health issue for one of the family members or desertion by the spouse, are often unable to afford the fees and the children are pulled out of school.
Under Project Disha, we identify such children who are at risk of dropping out of school and provide them financial assistance to continue schooling till at least Class X.
- Children are selected based on evaluation of the financial position of the family. Orphan Children, Single parent families, families that are undergoing financial hardships due to illness, disability or death are selected.
- School fees are paid for both girls and boys largely from classes III to X
- Each year, donors help support around 400 children in the program
- Enrolment to the program begins in March/April and the list of students enrolled in Project Disha for the next academic year is confirmed before school begins after summer vacation.
- Monthly mentoring sessions are held with the children to inculcate habits of reading, increase general awareness, STEM education, problem solving skills and communication. For more information on Mentoring, Click Here
- The children in Grade 10 are given career counselling
- Monthly workshops are also held with the mothers to increase their general knowledge. They are counselled and encouraged to start livelihood activities
- The children are also taken for a picnic every year.
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