Flying Birds

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The situation

In Dehradun (Uttarakhand, India) labourers are doing the ongoing construction on the compound of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT). These labourers and their children (on average 80) are mostly migrants from other states and Nepal and live in slums on the compound. The housing conditions are poor, their children face malnutrition, a lack of health education (hygiene) and aren’t being formally educated.

The contractor of the reconstruction work is responsible for the working and housing conditions of the labourers. The Rural Development Institute (RDI) of the HIHT is put up a building on its compound for the children of the labourers. Apart from the new building a teacher and two assistants have been employed by the RDI to start educate and take care of the children. The children also receive nutritious meals one to two times a week from the RDI.

Though the children of the labourers are welcome on the general playground of the institute, these children won’t use the playground and mingle with children from a different (higher) social class.

What we will focus on in 2020

We will focus on sustainable fundraising activities for the “Flying Birds” project:

  • The Day Care Center “Flying Birds” will facilitate activities like primary education and monthly health camps.
  • Increasing the supply of nutritious meals served in the children’s Day Care Center.
  • Improving the quality of education by investing in teachers, educational materials and health education.
  • Investing in the skills development of underprivileged children living on the compound of the HIHT.

For more details about our projects in 2018 and 2019 read our monthly reports.

Our accomplishment in 2017-2019

In 2017-2019 we accomplished on regular and structural base:

  • Providing clothes, shoes and schooluniform
  • Montly health camps for the children and their families and creating health awareness
  • From Monday till Saturday school, education
  • Food on daily base
  • Maintaining the infrastructure
  • Sanitary (3 toilets)
  • Salaries; teacher, assistant and supervisor
  • Stationary; Cultural events
  • Setting up small scale projects for community members