Project information

Pratham Residential Shelter for Boys

Part of the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children, this shelter will help vulnerable working children get a basic education and a better life by taking them off the streets and giving them somewhere safe to live and learn.

3 years initially

Charity information: Pratham UK

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  • Need


    Pratham’s goal of “every child in school & learning well” is severely hindered by the number of working children in India’s towns & cities. There are hundreds of children who due to poverty, abandonment or family migration end up begging on city streets, picking rubbish, or working as illegal child labour in factories & construction sites. Growing up in such difficult conditions means children not only miss out on an education but also a childhood.


    Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) was established with the idea to give working children their basic right to childhood & put them back into the education net. Residential shelters provide children who have been rescued from working conditions with a secure environment where they receive care and attention & the opportunity for holistic development. The path to rehabilitation is paved by preparing children to enter mainstream schools through non-formal education & skill training.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give 50 boys rescued from exploitative situations a safe, secure & child friendly environment


    » Establish a residential shelter where the boys can lead a normal childhood, live and learn for as long as necessary

    What success will look like

    Children who are no longer working, healthy & learning well at the shelter & within 3 years are repatriated with their families & are continuing to go to school & learning well

    Aim 2

    Ensure good physical & mental health & encourage the boys to think of a better future for themselves


    » Through individual & group counselling sessions provide psychological support, show the boys the merits of going to school and enhance group bonding
    » Develop the children’s individual skills by providing sports, music, dance & performance classes & encourage the participation in competitions

    What success will look like

    Success will be...attitudinal and behavioural changes in all children & a noticeable desire to pursue schooling rather than work.

    Aim 3

    Develop the children’s education level


    » Provide non-formal education classes to help children achieve basic competencies & prepare for mainstreaming into formal schools

    What success will look like

    Success will be...ensuring all boys reach their age appropriate learning level and that on reaching this all boys under 12 yrs are enrolled into mainstream schools.

    Aim 4

    Ensure all children receive basic life-skill trainings and vocational skill training


    » Provide a range of skill training enabling the boys to develop their own livelihood once they leave the shelter, including basic computer literacy

    What success will look like

    Success will be...children over 12yrs taking up at least one pre-vocational skill.

  • Impact


    The long term aim of PCVC is “no child working and every child in school”. By providing a secure & nurturing environment for rescued children the number of children working will be reduced & their quality of life significantly improved. Awareness will be raised about child labour & along with other PCVC programmes prevalence will be reduced. The desired outcome is that all children in the shelter do not return to work, reach their age appropriate standard of education & enter formal school.


    There is a risk that children will return to work once leaving the shelter, thereby affecting the aims of the programme. In order to minimise this outcome Pratham staff will assess the family situation on a regular basis during the child’s residential stay & after the child is seen as ready to be repatriated into the family. The child’s progress is tracked for the first year in order to assess their health, wellbeing, school attendance and learning level.


    Donors will receive yearly updates detailing the ongoing & forthcoming activities & the progress of the children in the programme & any significant achievements. Necessary changes that have been made will be reported as & when necessary.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £88,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Payroll Salary for shelter staff, health worker & teachers for 3 years
      £10,000 Child care costs Teaching & learning material, clothing, healthcare costs etc for 3 years
      £12,000 Admin & running costs Rent for shelter costs, utility bills & communication costs for 3 years
      £46,000 Food & transport Food for 50 children shelter staff for 3 years
  • Background


    Pratham is currently running 12 shelters across India (2 in Mumbai, 1 in Gujarat, 1 in Jodhpur, 6 in Bihar, 1 in Andhra Pradesh & 1 in Uttar Pradesh) reaching about 600 children every year. Since the beginning of the PCVC programme in 2005, more than 4000 children have been covered, including children temporally admitted in the shelters before being sent home. This shelter is a much needed addition to the programme as many working children have yet to be reached.


    The direct beneficiaries of this project will be the 50 boys who will be housed in the resident shelter who will receive schooling & support. A knock on benefit will be felt by other working children as the programme will raise awareness regarding child labour & tackle employees who continue to employ children in their businesses. The families of the children will also benefit as through Pratham’s support they will become aware of the importance of education to their children’s future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pratham is India's largest education charity & is one of the first charities in India to work on such a large scale with children from working background. The PCVC (Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children) Outreach Programme was launched in 2001 in Mumbai. The primary aim is to reduce the incidence of child labour in Mumbai and other cities across India & to influence official protocol & legislation concerning child labour. So far PCVC has enabled over 25,000 children to be repatriated.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    PCVC Programme Coordinator

    The programme coordinator will monitor the shelter & progress of the children. Monthly visits to the shelter, meetings with staff & annual assessment

    Child Shelter Staff

    Staff at the child shelter will attend to the daily needs of the children throughout their stay & ensure that the they are studying, healthy & happy