To sponsor a child in Chennai, India costs £8 per month. The children attend a club before and after school where they receive:
- an evening meal each day,
- after school club and help with homework,
- school books and stationery,
- a bag, and shoes
- medical help.
Life-changing alternative gifts are also available. These include items such as food parcels. a bicycle and bedding. They are not expensive and make a world of difference to the families and individuals to whom they are given. Alternative Gifts for Chennai are available from our shop.
Visit our blog to keep up to date with everything in Chennai. You'll find out about what is happening with the project, details of upcoming trips, fundraising events, and other items we think you might be interested in.
Once on the blog, you can also filter other posts by clicking the menu items on the left hand side.
Teams of supporters fly out to Chennai every January to interview the children and enrol new ones onto the scheme, and to support the project in a hands on manner. All the forms you need to start your application are HERE (you will need to log into the website to view this page). Please also register your interest by dropping us a line and keep checking out the blog.
Since 2009 Grassroots have partnered with Kevin and Debra Kamalraj and their team at Sovereign King Ministries (SKM). They work at the heart of one of the riverside slums in Chennai, India occupied by Dalit people. SKM run a children's club 365 days a year to provide a safe space for the children to play and do their homework. Some children attend both before and after school.
Because of this provision, parents are able to work a little longer and earn a little extra to pay for food, medicine and other essentials. The slum is unpleasant and unhygienic. Alcoholism, disease and abuse are rife. The project is a beacon in this dark place, offering the next generation not only a refuge but a chance to get the best from their education.