Childhood and education

On going projects

Dream India Network : Small Homes, Big Dreams

 

This program by Dream India Network offers a safe and family-like environment through the creation of small houses. These homes hosts street children from 3 to 8 years old who are extremely vulnerable.

Each foster home welcomes a set number of 8 children to ensure that each child receive a personalized care thanks to a management of good quality. Moreover, the limited number of children enables the good organization of various and playful activities. The homes are paired in two to create a family spirit.

 

Children go to school every day, they are supported by a qualified team and they are followed medically and psychologically. The program enables street children to gain self-confidence and to develop their abilities, they perform many sporting and cultural activities that stimulate their creativity and curiosity.

 

OFI has been working with DIN on this project since it was set up in 2013. Ever since, 37 small houses have opened to ensure the future of 296 children!

GRAMIUM : Techno Kids

 

In highly disadvantaged villages in Tamil Nadu, GRAMIUM has opened educational centers to allow children to attend evening classes.

The children are helped with their homework and participate in various activities to arouse their curiosity: arts, sports, games…

 

We want to improve the educational impact of these centers by offering computer courses. We are looking for support to install 15 computers!

>Find out about the project

Achievements

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Building Blocks / DNF : Gardenia School

 

With a new partnership with the NGOs Building Blocks and DNF, OFI has inaugurated a new school in July 2014. This school proposes a modern and interactive education for children coming from Bangalore shantytown. With 40 registered children, Gardenia School hopes to reach 70 next year. We are very grateful to our partners “Sunshine for a School” and “Alphabet Club” who helped us giving life to this beautiful project.

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SEVAI : Disabled Children School

 

Since 2013, OFI made possible the opening of 2 classes for disabled children under the patronage of SEVAI.40 children, often multi-handicapped, from 4 to 14 years old, are now looked after.

 

OFI was able to get funding from a Swiss foundation to build classrooms and adapted toilets within ” Shanti school ” . A vegetable garden and a medicinal garden are now maintained by the children. OFI is paying the salaries of 2 trachers and 2 medical aids. Our volunteers, medical students who come each year to Shanti Schoo, have ensured the well being of the children;they have adapted the equipment and special devices, the chairs and tables…

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HUT : Meikandaar School

 

Meikandaar School is a school built in Trichy by HUT and welcomes around 750 children. This school promotes learning through games and playful activities and allows children to learn English from an early age.

OFI worked with HUT for several years to develop this school, and succeeded to build 14 classrooms and rehabilitate a lot of others ! OFI actually supported kindergarten and Learning Center’s teachers by financing their salary and giving them good quality training.

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HUT : House of Hope

 

House of Hope gives the children with AIDS the opportunity to have access to education, adequate health and medical care, and psychological counselling within the context of sustainable integration into Indian society.

After the construction of a new building in 2013, OFI has committed itself to ensure the salaries of teachers and employees. OFI volunteers join every summer the school : they teach English, have a programm of medical check-up, grow vegetables with the children… >See the leaflet

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BOSCO : A roof to shelter me

Every day, 20,000 girls sleep on Bangalore’s streets.They are particularly exposed to the dangers of prostitution and local mafia networks. In order to face this growing phenomenon, BOSCO, a recognized expert, welcomes and assists street children. “A roof to shelter me” program was created in order to offer personal assistance to these girls. The shelter can house one hundred “permanent” young girls and 25 young girls “in transit”.

 

Thirty facilitators look after them. The permanent centre will be ”home” for these young people aged 6 to 18 years (80% of whom are “Dalits”—untouchables). The centre will provide the children with medical, psychological, and educational support. The purpose of this program is to ensure the personal development of its beneficiaries.

>See the leaflet