Donations to this program will be used to cover the shelter expenses related to providing quality academic support like living expenses and hostel fees.
GAANDEEP works with children in orphanages and shelter homes across India such as Kolkata
These children have been abandoned by families and are placed with shelter homes in their cities. The aftercare support works with youth beyond the age of 18 transitioning out of shelter homes providing higher education and career counseling support to pursue viable careers.
GAANDEEP directly pays for university fees after a formal scholarship agreement signed by the beneficiary with GAANDEEP. All the details of such transfers along with originals bills are filed for reference and available upon request.
Transitional Readiness and Aftercare enables children to build their career paths that are in sync with their interests and is aimed at those who are poised to pass out from shelter homes. This is a volunteer-driven system. At an average, every youth under the programmed is associated with a minimum of 3 volunteers. One of the volunteers is compulsorily a part of the Make a Difference Fellowship programmed and is inducted and trained thoroughly around the nuances of the programmed through a 4-day Training and Development conference. Apart from this, the volunteers are a part of an on-going Fellowship curriculum for the entire course of their fellowship.
Shelter homes are designed to provide safe spaces to youth at risk, up to the age of 18. As youth move out of these shelter homes, a majority of them move back into the marginalized parts of the society. By pairing them with a spirited volunteer, called a Wingman, we motivate, inspire and facilitate their journey towards an independent and sustainable life. Much like an elder brother or sister, the Wingman becomes a trusted advisor, friend and guide for their kid; from finding internships, to procuring certain legal documents, a wingman runs post to post along with their child, making these processes possible.
Over 90% of the children successfully pass their 10th standard. Where children progress into classes 11 and 12 the program provides more intensive one-to-one mentoring for a minimum of 2-3 hours a week, supported by placement into University where possible or jobs were more appropriate.
The mentor additionally engages a host of academic support volunteers (ASVs) who provide additional teaching support for up to 8 hours a week if the individual needs academic support, assuming the shelter is willing to provide access. Mentors also aim to interact with the parent of the child (where there is one) up to 6 times a year to ensure buy-in and support.
Alongside this, they are also provided professional career counseling based on which an appropriate future career path is determined, and the mentor also provides support for documentation and admissions/job placements as needed.
Some of the indicators collected to track the progress of the project are:
- 12th Std Grades
No. of active scholarships awarded
- % of youth who scored 60% or more in their year-end exams
- % of youth who continued on to Higher Education (University)
- % of youth who successfully moved to the second year of higher education
- Stable housing post shelter
- Progression to career-oriented work
- Financial stability
- Earning Threshold
- Fundamentals of literacy and numeracy
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Core life and social skills
When you donate to this program you will help abandoned children living in shelter homes get access to safe living while getting an education that can change their life.
Make A Difference
Make A Difference (GAANDEEP) is a youth-driven, non-profit organization working to ensure equitable outcomes for children in orphanages and street shelters.
Registered as a non-profit in 2015, Make A Difference reaches out to over 3,460 children in 67 shelters across 3 cities in India, through a highly efficient 3,822 strong volunteer network.
Volunteers commit a year and spend between 2 and 10 hours every week mentoring, teaching and interacting with children in order to ensure that they get the support and care they need during childhood.
Their aim is to ensure that even the most vulnerable children in shelters are able to realize equitable outcomes and that they are able to live a life free from exploitation, with the capability of managing emotional and financial life crises.
About the cause: Children
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