At present Indian Futures works in partnership with Laia Foundation and Vallalar Educational Trust, two Indian charities operating in Vedanthangal, Vandavasi and Kanjanur, three rural areas in the Tamil Nadu state (South India) with a population of about 20,000 inhabitants.
The economy is mainly based on subsistence agriculture, such as rice, dhal and peanuts, and cattle raising (cows, buffaloes and goats). Due to its extreme weather (very hot and damp with very little difference between the hot and cold seasons), there isn’t a great variety of foods available which leads to high levels of malnutrition, particularly among children.
Most of the population in the three areas belong to the Dalit caste -formerly known as the Untouchables-, the most disadvantaged caste in India, with high malnutrition and low literacy levels, with children being sent to work at a very early age due to most families' lack of economic resources.
Laia Foundation runs 19 after-school support centres for students between the ages of 5 and 14 and a kindergarten. Vallalar Educational Trust (VET) runs a nursery and a primary school and an international volunteering programme.
Both charities benefit a total of 760 children and employ 50 members of staff who carry out teaching and administrative tasks.
What have we done so far?
In 2018 Indian Futures successfully completed our first project, the IT Community Centres! Thanks to recurring donors and fundraising by our team we were able to introduce three IT Centres in Kanjanur, Thandarai Pettai and Chitiraikoodam. In reality this involved;
* Buying 17 computers, desks and chairs
*Having specially designed storage cupboards built
* Installing internet
* Recruitment and training of 3 IT teachers
Going forward, Indian Futures is committed to cover the costs of the teachers salary, ongoing training and internet.
Meanwhile, in Vedanthangal, the Nursery School was in need of refurbishment. We were pleased to be able to fund part of the works, meaning that the Nursery has now been fully repainted.
New murals adorn the front of the building. Inside the children can now benefit from a colourful and inviting space. Taking inspiration from visits to an Aid India funded school, essential learning aids have been painted on the classroom walls.
The Nursery School still needs a new floor however, currently it has large cracks and holes, a tiled floor would be much safer and more practical. This is something we hope to help with in 2019. If you'd like to donate please click here.
Since November 2018...
We have created one full-time and two part-time IT teaching positions.
We have trained the three IT project coordinators.
We have provided 14 computers and internet access to three educational centres: Vallalar Nursery and Primary School (Kanjanur), Thandarai Pettai and Chittiraikoodam after-school clubs (Vedanthangal).
We have carried out an IT exchange between 4th and 5th year students from Kanjanur and Barcelona. To find out more about it, click here.
Our aim is for all of Laia Foundation and VET's students to have access to IT by the end of 2019.