Mission: To provide funding for three creches (preschools) for 170 children in South India. The creches provide early education, safety, health care, and nutrition to impoverished children. The schools are run by our Indian partner, the Betsy Elizabeth Trust, have a foreign contribution number, and are fully accredited by the Government of India.
Results: Over the twenty years the creches have been in operation, creche graduates are completing high school at a rate that far exceeds their peers, many are in college or trade school, and a number have entered professions. Their parents are near-illiterate and live in poverty; creche graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty and bringing hope and new life to their families and communities.
Programs: Education -- raise funds for the support of 2 pre-schools (called creches) run by a local trust, serving the dalit children in tamil nadu, india. Each creche enrolls 50 children that receive daily education, shelter, nutritious food, and warm clothing. We are also supporting a new building project at the little lilies creche.
smokeless stove outreach project -- to provide funding and education for the installation of locally made clay stoves with chimneys in family homes surrounding the creches in india. This addresses the local practice and high health risk of cooking indoors without ventilation, specifically targeting women and children of low economic status.
the sewing center project -- we have supported the teaching of a group of women in tamil nadu to sew and helped them set up a sewing center in which they make bags to sell. We help these women to sell their bags in the united states and wire the money from the sales of the bags back to the sewing center folks in india to support the sewing center's expenses. Program service revenues from this project: $3460.
I lived in India for five years and have seen-smelled-tasted-heard-touched the poverty there. I didn't live it and it's hard to imagine a life where you have no security, safety or hope. When these little kids go to our creches with their good teachers, good food, safety and cleanliness, their learning, fun, health care, nice uniforms, and love, they leave poverty behind for a little while each day. They can be kids for awhile. I always wanted to help and HKI is a way to do it for all the kids with haunted eyes we saw every day.