After the most recent COVID lockdown in India was lifted, schools were back in session including the school and children's home that CHILD partners with in India. In addition to enjoying a fresh haircut, the children were all glad to be back and were said to be "eating like pigs and working like bulls"! They thoroughly enjoyed having a reliable and nutritious supply of food again, as many of them come from very poor families that have had an extra hard time providing food during the COVID crisis. There are currently 78 children at the home and 143 at the school, with more scheduled to join soon.
The school is based on a "pay what you can" program, mostly accepting students from a Dalit background. Many of these families would not be able to afford high level education for their children, especially at a school that teaches English. We are so amazed at the work our partners in India do by providing an opportunity for these children to dream of a future where they can be lifted out of the cycle of poverty, and eventually come back to invest in their community and inspire more children to follow in their footsteps!