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Stepping stone:

Stepping Stone is an initiative that focuses on transforming the lives of widows and marginalised young women. Currently, these women are being trained for six months in tailoring and embroidery...read more »

Day Care Centre:

On 1st April 2009 we opened our first Day Care Centre for underprivileged and disadvantaged Dalit children in Margao, Goa. Our aim is to provide education, food and medical attention...read more »

HOPE Children’s Club:

We run the Children’s Club three times a week at 5:00pm. Most of the children who come to our club are beggars, child labourers, street children and garbage collectors...read more »

Stepping stone: Tailoring Vocational Training

Stepping stone is an initiative that focuses on transforming the lives of widows and marginalized young women. Currently, these women are being trained for six months in tailoring and embroidery.

Our vision is to give solid training in tailoring so that they can earn a livelihood and not lead marginalized lives.

At present we have two tailoring schools, one in Karnataka and one in Goa. These centres provide training in making ladies and children’s clothes. The training takes six months to complete, when they have completed the course they have the knowledge, ability and equipment needed to start their own tailoring business. We aim to keep in touch with those we have trained and see them established in providing for themselves.

Day Care Centre: from Street to school

On 1st April 2009 we opened our first Day Care Centre for underprivileged and disadvantaged Dalit children in Margao, Goa. Our aim is to provide education, food and medical attention.

Since then we have opened another centre in Birla. Both are situated in the south of Goa where the main railway passes through, bringing with it countless migrants. The children of these migrant families wander around the streets begging and working for very little money, usually only to satisfy their parents’ alcohol addictions. Others pass their time sniffing solvents or getting into trouble with shop owners and the police. They have no access to any education or proper healthcare and do not even possess a birth certificate as their parents are unaware of the need to register their children. We will help any child who is in distress or at risk irrespective of their background or religion.

The Day Care Centres take in children ages 4-6, giving them the knowledge they need to enter mainstream schools when they are of age. Lunch is also provided and many times it may be the only food they have all day.

From 2009 to 2012, we were able to send over 150 children to mainstream school. At present, a total of 102 children are studying in the Day Care Centres.

HOPE Children’s Club: Changing Lives

We run Children’s club three times a week at 5:00pm. Most of the children who come to our club are beggars, child labourers, street children and garbage collectors.

We play cricket, tennis, ball games, skipping rope and other outdoor activities. Most of the children do not have toys at home.

After playing with them for an hour we ask all the children to sit in a circle. We tell them stories with a good moral that teach them how to be polite & obedient children.