Vision Rescue

India

Engaging and sustaining a child in education requires working with their family and community. Vision Rescue work with families and provide community-based formal and non-formal education programs to ensure that children can access their right to education.

The CONTEXT

Children may face multiple obstacles to accessing education including child labour, gender discrimination, conflict, language challenges, barriers related to disability, and household poverty. School attendance is lower in slums and children from poor urban neighbourhoods are among the least likely to attend school.

There are an estimated 17.8 million out-of-school children in India (UNICEF). An estimated 41% of out-of-school children in urban India will never enter a school during their childhood (UNESCO).Around 20% of students do not make the transition from primary to secondary education.

Women’s economic empowerment is central to realising women’s rights and gender equality and closing the gender gap in education can have flow on effects across families, markets, systems and national economies, improving outcomes for everyone (Clinton Global Initiative; UN Women).

The PROJECT

The Vision Rescue Community Intervention Program aims to engage and sustain children in education, which has the potential to prevent exploitation and transform not only individual lives but communities and over time, generations.

Vision Rescue work through community centres in a number of slum communities, running a range of preschool and primary education programs where students are also fed a nutritious meal and receive medical and dental checks.

Vision Rescue Community Workers work with families to identify and address obstacles to children accessing formal education. This holistic approach allows Vision Rescue to not only get children into school but ensure that they don't drop out again. Parent meetings, information and awareness sessions, special community events are held, and relationships are developed with local leaders to harness community support. Local Community Champions are also engaged to work for the benefit of the entire community.

A key focus is vocational training for women, enabling them to develop skills to generate income, keep their children in school, and support their families.

Sushma's STORY

After her husband’s sudden death and with no means of providing for her four sons, the support Sushma received from Vision Rescue helped empower her to overcome depression and find new opportunities to provide for her family’s future.

PRAY

Pray for children and their families to overcome obstacles to education.
Pray for teachers and service providers to provide quality education.
Pray for hope and effective solutions to bring about a brighter future for children and families in poverty.

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Every contribution to a Colour Sisterhood project helps to provide tangible response and bring about positive change for children, sisters, and nations.

Our RESPONSE

The heart of the Colour Sisterhood is that every woman can find a level of partnership and a way to contribute to making the world a better place, locally and globally, whether as an individual or as a group.

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Something to NOTE:
If you are part of a local church, please be mindful of your local church’s vision and be sure to graciously submit and share your heart with those in leadership in your life. We believe these Sisterhood projects should be seen as an ‘above and beyond’ endeavour that has the capacity to reach out and build bridges into our unchurched communities and ultimately be a blessing.

Also, please note that if the funding limit for your chosen project is reached, funds will be distributed to another Sisterhood project.

PROJECT PARTNER

Vision Rescue’s mission is to engage and sustain children in education in order to prevent exploitation and create change in the next generation. Vision Rescue was founded in 2004 in response to seeing the needs of Mumbai’s street children. Vision Rescue began a non-formal Education Bus Program and expanded their work to include various formal and non-formal education programs, as well as dental and medical services, and skills training for income-generation.

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