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Tuition Centre: Gaghar Bridge

Education, Nutrition - Chandigarh

<p>Colony 3 and 4 Khakarmongali, right bank of Gaghar River, Panchkula</p><br /> <h2>Why</h2><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Migrants from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in search of employment encroached on a 100-acre plot of government land. The highly congested slum has existed for over 40 years.</li><br /> <li>Living conditions are sub-standard with no sanitation. The government has provided residents with voting cards and two water tanks that cater for the entire slum at a ratio of 100 people per water tap.</li><br /> <li>Men work mainly as drivers or labourers and women often work as maids or domestic help.</li><br /> <li>There is widespread gambling and alcohol abuse amongst the men and loitering and substance abuse by teenage boys.</li><br /> <li>Children usually have one parent due to the high incidence of alcoholism and drug abuse. Their daily routine includes attending school, collecting wood, fetching water, a meager lunch of rice with salt and afternoon employment such as watering gardens and delivering pamphlets to homes.</li><br /> <li>Half of the children do not attend government schools.&nbsp;There is little or no awareness of the importance of education; hence the need to make very basic education available.</li><br /> </ul><br /> <h2>Tuition Centre</h2><br /> <ul><br /> <li>Provides afternoon tuition for 50 children.</li><br /> <li>Distributes toys and living essentials such as blankets and thermals.</li><br /> <li>Organises field trips, functions and celebrations of festivals.</li><br /> </ul><br /> <h2>Services</h2><br /> <ul><br /> <li>A fresh, nutritious meal is provided daily.</li><br /> <li>A paediatrician provides treatment for children and adults twice a week.</li><br /> <li>The students' hygeine has improved tremendously due to awareness created by volunteers and medical care.</li><br /> </ul><br /> <h2>Vision</h2><br /> <ul><br /> <li>To instil values, hope and the confidence to realise dreams.</li><br /> <li>To create a thirst for knowledge, and nurture self-respect and respect for others.</li><br /> <li>To alleviate poverty through empowerment.</li><br /> <li>To create global citizens through breaking down barriers of nationality, religion, caste and creed and emphasising our shared humanity.</li><br /> </ul>

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