COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE
The girls hostel isn’t currently in operation due to school closures in the region. In response to COVID-19, the Diocese of Amritsar will seek to provide food packages to families connected to the project. Our partners have been speeding up the dissemination of messaging on COVID-19, including health awareness, prevention measures and response to families connected to this project.
Because of the restrictions on travel and spatial distancing project staff have been running check in’s to houses of families connected to the project (after lock-down). Through working closely with the government, project staff are working to speed up access to medicines for people in the rural areas who have no or limited access to transport to urban areas.
In India, the Dalit caste is the lowest within the Indian caste system, many of whom are politically powerless and living in poverty. Girls are more disadvantaged than boys in terms of access to education, as a poor family will choose to pay for the advancement of male children.
We support a girls’ hostel, enabling vulnerable girls to access high quality education, accommodation and care during the school term. They maintain close family links and spend as much time as possible in their home communities during school breaks. Many of the girls are ‘half-orphans’, which means they are children of single parents. Our support also includes training in planning, management and child-protection.
Every year since this project started, we have been providing hostel accommodation and remedial education to 20-25 girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to succeed in their schooling.
Church of North India – Diocese of Amritsar