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Empowerment of Excluded Castes in Punjab and West Bengal (India)

Religious and caste discrimination is one of the leading causes of poverty and social exclusion in India. This has prevented access to basic services, including education, health facilities and other government services and schemes for large sections of society.

We support the local church to provide study centres for children of illiterate families, and connecting through them to empower marginalised communities, enabling them to be organised, educated and healthy, involved in local governance and capable of accessing government services and schemes.

The project operates in the urban slums of West Bengal and in communities in Amritsar near the Pakistani border areas.

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This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). Thanks to ANCP, we’re making a huge difference together; lifting families out of poverty and helping people improve their lives.

Check out the impact we’re making!

Our Impact (FY 21-22)

27,917 people were impacted by:

• Study centres with trained teachers providing remedial education (and healthy snacks!) for children of illiterate families

• Skills training for women and farmers in rural areas to grow their incomes and prevent them from having to travel far away for work

• COVID-19 emergency relief and prevention activities, as well as critical information for marginalised communities about how to access government support services.

 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

In response to COVID-19, this project 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 social 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.

(Updates about the above activities have been posted in news articles below)

 

Country

India

Partners

Church of North India – Diocese of Amritsar and Diocese of Durgapur

Category

Poverty Alleviation

News from the field

  • Project Update: Empowerment of excluded castes in Punjab and West Bengal, IndiaProject Update: Empowerment of excluded castes in Punjab and West Bengal, India
    Religious and caste discrimination is one of the leading causes of poverty and social exclusion in India. This has prevented access to basic services, including education, health facilities and other government services and schemes for large sections of society. UnitingWorld supports the Church of North India’s Diocese of Durgapur and Diocese of Amritsar, to run study centres for children of vulnerable families. The projects operate in the urban slums and tribal villages of West Bengal and in Amritsar near the Pakistani ...
  • Making ripples of change for RanjitMaking ripples of change for Ranjit
    Right on the India-Pakistan border, there’s a village of about 600 people. They’re hard-working and creative but overlooked by government for basic services like clean water and education. Families struggle to provide enough food for themselves, and education and employment opportunities do not come by often. During India’s Delta wave of COVID-19 last year, the lockdowns were crippling for the village. Those who were day labourers lost their jobs. Families despaired that with schools closed, their children would fall behind in their ...
  • Hopeful news from our partners in IndiaHopeful news from our partners in India
    Update on the COVID-19 outreach activities of the Diocese of Amritsar Last week we received some encouraging news from our partners in the Diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India, who’ve been at the forefront of community outreach and support during the COVID-19 outbreaks. The second wave has been particularly devastating, pushing the number of deaths over 400,000 in July this year. Thankfully, our partners report that the situation is improving, but have stressed the need to address the long-term impacts: “India has ...
  • COVID-19 crisis response in IndiaCOVID-19 crisis response in India
    The Church of North India Diocese of Durgapur have pivoted their ongoing community development work to supporting vulnerable households identified through the project. Throughout May, 2,000 households in urban slums and rural communities were provided with food packs containing rice, pulses, potato, salt and oil, as well as hygiene supplies that included masks and soap. Our partners are also working on printing materials that promote government-authorised messages on COVID-19. In Amritsar, 4,000 masks have been made and provided to the community ...
  • ‘Hunger may kill us before coronavirus’ | India COVID-19 Update'Hunger may kill us before coronavirus' | India COVID-19 Update
    In a letter to national and international partners, the Bishop of the Diocese of Amritsar, The Most Rev. P. K. Samantaroy has outlined the impacts of the national 21-day lockdown in India and how the Church of North India (CNI) is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.   Dear Friends, As of the morning of 30 March 2020, over 700,000 people worldwide have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and 34,000 people have died due to the virus. The staggering numbers are rising every ...