New Day is funding the 2011/2012 budget for the Kalki Girls Centre and Girls Programme in Pondicherry, India. The program continues to progress from strength to strength. The number of girls Kalki is able to help (through activities, medical care, access to social workers, education etc) only continues to increase. This is especially true during the rainy season and the summer holidays.
Girls Centre: Currently 18 girls live at the shelter (with 16 having received temporary shelter during the summer months) and a further 175 are being helped through outreach work in the streets and slums where they live with their families.
Girls Programme: Medical camps in partnership with two local hospitals were run over the summer, reaching over 80 girls. An ad hoc medical camp for young mothers and their babies helped 44 women and their children to receive a free check-up and follow-on medication. The Kalki tuition programme has recently started for the academic year with 97 girls from grade 6 to grade 12 enrolled. Career Orientation workshops conducted during the year have resulted in the placement of 31 girls in local businesses since June: supermarkets, boutiques, shops and various offices.
We are delighted that Kalki is developing in such a steady and exciting way. They have the staff and the programmes in place to continue to run successfully into the future and New Day is pleased to support their Girls Centre and Girls Programme.
See the comprehensive update from Kalki themselves of all their activities at the following link: Girls Program – 3 Months Report to AugustAC