Stories From the Field: Sharing Life Lessons in India’s Slums

A project CNEWA supports in India seeks to educate the slum children in Pune along with their parents, offering classes in everything from hygiene to moral values. (photo: CNEWA)

One of the many projects CNEWA has supported in the central Indian state of Maharashtra is helping to educate the slum children of Khadki in Pune.

This project has benefited 229 children. They belong to the migrant workers and slum dwellers. These children are less privileged and are also quite vulnerable. As Kofi Annan put it, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” But some situations prevent the slum children from this hope of education. Many of these children, because of their parents’ circumstances, are not enrolled in the schools.

The SEVA Social Service Society, under the Syro-Malankara Exarchate of Pune, has focused on these children to provide at least some schooling.

Under this program, the Exarchate provides basic education, nutritious food, vaccinations, and classes to help build character and values. The project has also helped the parents, by conducting classes for them on health and hygiene and making visits to their homes.

In this way, the church extends a hand to help the poor, downtrodden and the marginalized without regard to caste, creed, religion or gender.

CNEWA is privileged to be a part of this project and gratified to see so many children and families benefiting.

We remain deeply grateful to our donors for generously supporting these and so many other good works!

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