NalandaWay Foundation works with children from challenging situations from the poorest districts in India, helping them raise their voices and issues through theatre, visual arts, music, dance, radio and films. Since inception in 2003, Nalandaway has reached out to over 6700 children across five states in India and helped them learn creativity, life skills and self-confidence to create the lives that they truly want to create.
Nalandaway helps marginalised girl children who are housed in residential care centres. The girls include orphans, juvenile delinquents, children rescued from bonded labour, sex work, conflict areas, refugees, children affected by HIV/ AIDS etc. These children are emotionally disturbed, have been physically abused, are prone to violent behaviour and may have been involved in crimes. They often fare poorly in school, yell or physically fight to handle social conflicts and are highly likely to engage in risky behaviours such as substance use, or unprotected sex. NalandaWay’s arts-based rehabilitation programme has helped such children overcome depression and disruptive behaviour and make successful transitions into the society.
In order to bring about a change in the lives of many more such girl children, 25 Champions have agreed to support the cause of the girl child. Every champion has pledged to raise $2000 from their network of friends, relatives and colleagues and help spread awareness about this issue. The funds raised would be utilized for rehabilitation through arts, life skills development, academic support, vocational training and livelihoods assistance for these children. All beneficiaries in the project would be marginalised girls including orphans, destitute, street kids and other girl children from similar situations currently in Government homes in Tamil Nadu, in the age group between 12 and 20.
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