Supporting communities in India by Gifting Hope... to Rise Up
In order to support we listen, learn and develop relationships of love and trust with communities we work alongside. While our primary goal is to see first generation learners given access to an education, we understand this is only possible if we first understand community aspirations and challenges. To do this, we go in as learners… allowing the community to lead the way in how we can support.
Community support works best if it is sustainable, so we work alongside communities to develop self-sustainable initiatives. For example, Jagriti Academy is run by local people and women are empowered with skills like sewing that enable them to develop microenterprise endeavours.
Education builds communities
Our community collaborations have had major flow-on effects, including the education of the wider community and the establishment of training and jobs for local people, such as school support staff, teachers, cooks, librarians and construction workers.
Community issues such as burglaries have reduced, since many of the children attending Jagriti Academy receive a meal a day and don’t sleep hungry, so families don’t need to steal food to support them.
Our India Initiatives of Hope
In the rural village of Rasra in Ballia, the community lives without power, shares a water pump and many have little to no access to vehicles. Prior to Jagriti Foundation support, the community was separated by a raging waterway each rainy season, had no toilet facilities and the majority of children were unable to attend school.
Now, the community is connected by a bridge, have access to community toilet facilities and children from the surrounding 21 villages in the greater Ballia area attend Jagriti Academy. Children who attend Jagriti Academy are given a school uniform, shoes, a school bag, books, stationery, health checks and a meal a day (often their only meal of the day) and many are also sponsored with a bike. We do this through our Initiatives of Hope.
India Hope Fund
The Hope Fund is used for community projects in India that go beyond education to support initiatives like water filtration systems and bathroom facilities. Our Hope Fund also supports families in times of extreme hardship with medical expenses, food and shelter.