The Centre for Labour Education and Development (CLEAD) has been working towards the protection of women workers and elimination of child labour since 1991. It operates child care centers and rehabilitation centers for child labourers and school dropouts, conducts skills training for women and young girls whose parents are released bonded labourers, and organizes regular medical camps for families of unorganized workers across Tamil Nadu. CLEAD has been active in Tamil Nadu for 27 years now, without actively seeking funds from corporate funders. It is allied with registered labour unions and slumdweller rights organizations across the country and in Tamil Nadu, and has thus far relied primarily on individual donations from friends of the organization. Since we are particularly strapped for funds now and need to sustain our childcare centres, we thought we would ask for help.
Currently, CLEAD operates childcare centres in three low income neighbourhoods in Chennai - Triplicane, Kannagi Nagar, and Sathya Nagar C. About 30 children regularly attend these centres on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, where they receive preschool education and nutritious meals. In addition to the costs of cooking for the children and maintenance of the facilities, one teacher and two ayahs are also employed from the neighbourhood to be engaged in childcare and education, and are paid nominal salaries of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 2500 a month for their services. Since CLEAD operates only through donations from friends of the organization, we could really use some money to keep the childcare centres running. Our target for this round of fundraising is Rs. 1,80,000, to manage our expenses across three childcare centres for four months. (If we cross this target, we will be sustained for longer!) But even a little from you goes a long way in helping children of unorganized workers be taken care of while their parents go to work (and encourage the mothers to go to work), eat nutritiously, learn the basics and get used to going to school until they are old enough to!
All donations are exempt under Sec 80G of Income Tax Act (80G DIT(E)No.2(532)12-13). Receipts from the organization will reach you 60 days from the time of donation.