The Vatsal Chaya Trust works to enable ,educate and empower urban deprived women and children.
We are a registered philanthropic trust which is committed to helping children and women steeped in poverty find ways to lay a foundation of education,health,livelihood skills and live a gainful life.
At the core of our program is the marginalised child who is forced to work –such kids are at the very bottom of the poverty heap because together with severe deficits of health, habitation, nutrition, protection they face exploitation, violence, coercion and risky behavior patterns. We provide flexible options for these children to access school and help them bridge the many gaps they have in learning, hygiene, health, nutrition, social and emotional skills.
We collaborate with the government to share school buildings ,join and augment ongoing programs so that outcomes for children are more effective.
We lay strong emphasis on supporting women because it helps bring progress stability to the whole family. When women who are ignorant, illiterate, unable to exercise their rights and disempowered are given skills and support they become powerful instruments of social change.
We use a combination of approaches in both our focus groups , non formal education, drop-in center, shelter home, transit or short stay home, livelihood skill training, counseling, self help or micro finance training and support.
We bring nearly 600 children comprising child beggars child labourers, child vendors, rag pickers and girls facing gender bias to school by providing free transport, clothing study related material, skill training, music, art, craft and personality development .
We have a group of over 75 women who are being taught different skills and income generational activities so that they can use micro credit and work their way in small achievable ways out of poverty and disempowerment.
There is an equal focus on addressing about issues relating to health, child rights, gender and poverty.