Underprivileged children get a new lease of life

About the partner

Family Planning Association (FPA)of India is a non-profit making, non-political, and non-sectarian organization working without any discrimination as to religion, creed, race, gender, ethnic origin, disability, age and people living with HIV. Established in 1949, FPA India has been recognized as India's leading and largest reproductive and sexual health organization.

FPA India has worked towards enriching the lives of millions of people across India over the past 50 years. Its presence in 38 cities, 40 towns and 10,408 villages reflects its commitment to protect these rights. FPA is the founder member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which is currently represented in over 180 countries.

FPA India envisions health, particularly sexual and reproductive health for all, especially marginalized and young people, in the broad context of sustainable development leading towards the alleviation of poverty, stabilization of population, gender equality, and human rights.

About the Projects

This is an education project for the children of female sex workers in Bhopal and Raisen districts. These children, especially girls, fall under the high risk group and are prone to very hazardous environment. At very early ages they are exposed to unhealthy lifestyles, and ill-treatment of parents, neighbours and the community. They are also subject to social exclusion that it difficult for them to get enrolled in schools.

Those in schools try to keep their parentage hidden, or suffer severe psychological humiliation at the hands of teachers and children.

The project covers more than 500 children, through Balwadis and day care centre for children less than 6 years of age, education materials for school going children and vocational training for girls above ten years old and do not go to school. The objectives of this project are -

• To promote education among children of female sex workers
• To facilitate school education and reduce school dropout rate
• To promote vocational skills among girl children of the sex workers

Other ongoing initiatives

• Jigyasa Youth Centre
• Panchsheel skills development centre
• Youth HIV projects
• Smile Twin e-Learning Programme for the adolescent youth

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