EDUCATION IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE
The objective of The AWARE Foundation (Action With Awareness Regarding Education) is to give dispossessed, disadvantaged and vulnerable children in India the right to an education.
AWARE reaches out to children in deprived communities throughout India by using education as a way of transforming their lives for the better. It also provides street/runaway children and orphans with a protected childhood so that they can go on to make well-informed decisions in life.
In the last year AWARE has provided shelter to 60 HIV affected children, 112 street children, a school retention programme for 350 children, higher education support programme to 100 children and a special rehabilitation programme for 800 children of sex workers and HIV+ parents.
AWARE has supported over 15,000 cases since it started in 1997
UPDATE FROM THE AWARE TRUSTEES
We hope that this message reaches you all safe and well, during these unprecedented times.
We wanted to share a short update regarding the children that AWARE supports and the current situation In India.
Since mid-March, India started to get affected by the infection, which, as like everywhere, has been spreading quickly ever since.
Rajesh and his team have been working very hard to ensure every one’s safety and providing ongoing support.
The schools closed earlier in March and Rajesh has confirmed that all the children that AWARE looks after have been accounted for and most returned safely to their parents. We still have 6-8 children in hostels, all of whom are safe and are being looked after well.
Rajesh and his team have been working alongside the government bureaucracy to cover 25 villages, in the first phase, reaching out with essential supplies to needy families in Dang. They are also ensuring that workers who work away for long periods of time, are getting back to their families safely.
Rajesh and his team remain in constant contact, helping not only the families of the children we support, but all those in desperate need, making themselves available and on hand 24/7.
We are very grateful to Rajesh and the team for working so swiftly to ensure the safety of all the children and their ongoing efforts to support their families and those most vulnerable.
We understand that these times are very difficult for everyone; charities are also feeling the effects, as fundraising and events have obviously come to a halt. So, for those of you who would like to continue to support AWARE during this time, please feel free to do so here, any donation would be so gratefully received.
We hope that these uncertain times pass soon - we send you all our warmest wishes, please stay safe and take care.
The AWARE Trustees
Jayesh, Prashant, Amit and Rakesh
Thank you for your support - 2019 was a fantastic year
Jayesh visits projects being supported by AWARE
Jayesh (founder of AWARE) has spent the last few weeks visiting some of the projects that AWARE supports in India. He visited two schools in South Gujarat district of Narmada. The children are 6-14 years old, and are accommodated in hostels on the same campus, these two schools are in the second most deprived and unprivileged areas in India.
He then went on to visit the Dang project which provides shelter, education, nutritious meals and a safe environment to children who's parents migrate for 6-7 months of the year. Over the migration period we sheltered 470 children across 5 homes last year. Such a wonderful environment is created for these children that many of them don't want to leave when their parents return.
It’s wonderful to see first hand what a huge difference AWARE funds are making to so many young lives. Thank you for all of your support.