Education is one of the best routes out of poverty for the young people from the disadvantaged Anglo-Indian community in Chennai as our case studies show.
Poverty can be a great barrier to accessing education but the difficulties do not stop there. Once a child has a place in school many factors impinge on the ability of children to stay there and to learn. Yet with each additional year completed by a child in education the likelihood of a future of poverty for them and their family is significantly reduced. It is therefore vital that children not only enrol in school but that they stay in education for as long as possible.
We provide the funds for sponsorships and grants to cover school fees, books and uniforms for children in primary education and college fees for young people at secondary and tertiary level.
There are many older people in Chennai who are no longer able to support themselves through work, who have no savings or pensions to live on, and no family to support them.
We help to provide regular pensions to seniors as well as aid to meet medical fees. The seniors also appreciate the opportunities provided to socialise together such as the annual carol services and outing.
People with disabilities or long-term medical conditions have the double disadvantage of the inability to work and increased medical costs.
We provide disability allowance for people with visual, physical and mental impairment.
c/o Rachel Thurley
4a The Stiles