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Project information

Nabadisha- For the Street Children of Kolkata

The Nabadisha project provides essential education to hundreds of street children in Kolkata, India. We give each child a solid preparatory schooling before integrating them into the main school system. We also encourage parents to send the children to school rather than forced labour by giving free

It will continue as long as funds are available

Charity information: VITAL

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  • Need


    Nabadisha strives to influence street communities to place children into school instead of child labour. Thousands of children grow up without necessary life skills to gain a job, continuing the cycle of exploitation. The street children and police have a volatile relationship at times. Nabadisha schools are strategically placed in police centres in order to foster a good relationship and understanding between police and street children.


    The project has proved highly successful by placing street children into formal education institutions. Children leave Nabadisha with mathematical and reading skills for the first time. When they have reached a grade level suitable to their age range, we fund their entry into a formal government school. Once admitted, we track their progress and support them in order to prevent any possibility of dropping out.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the levels of education by reducing labour and exploitation of the street children


    » We provide free bridging education for children in poor communities, then enroll them into formal government schools with their parents permission.
    » Establish and maintain a good relationship with the parents in order to ensure and stabilize the progress being made.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through individual case studies of improvement showing statistics indicating child education enrollment rates due to the Nabadisha programme.

    Aim 2

    Reduce police violence towards children by creating an environment of understanding and respect.


    » The centres are held within police stations to encourage communication. Police see first hand the suffering and children begin to see police as humans
    » To educate the police on the children's hardships, while advocating policies and laws that may be implemented to stop this in the future.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the children speaking about a change in relationship with the police as well as a statistical analysis of police violence in the Nabadisha area.

  • Impact


    Long term change will be demonstrated by an improvement in the communities' education and wellbeing. A statistical analysis will be shown comparing the amount of children without education in a district, prior to Nabadisha being implemented, to the amount of children attending school after Nabadisha. We will also measure the performance of the students in these formal education institutions, while analysing the drop out rates as well.


    Dropping out of school, in order to return to the streets, is always an issue with these street children due to the pressure placed on them by their family to secure an income. By providing a free lunch to the children they are encouraged to attend school daily. Financial support and vocational training are given to family members to decrease the pressure placed on these children.


    We send out updates by print and web on the progress, providing case studies of some of the children involved. We also send out an annual project 'Monitoring and Evaluation Report' giving a more detailed description. We also may give updates on demand through email if necessary.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £11,646

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,404 direct formal education, hostel, community
      £4,776 personel teachers
      £1,956 personel program support costs
      £1,510 direct non formal education,counsellor, activities
  • Background


    In Kolkata, India, thousands of children live in very harsh conditions. Born into absolute poverty, they often sleep in streets, railways, markets, and slums barely surviving. These vulnerable children are exposed to physical, economic and sexual exploitation. VITAL seeks to help these young children get off the streets and into learning centres, where they can prepare to enter or re-enter the formal education system.


    The primary beneficiaries are those children and young people:

    1. who live on the streets and in slums of Kolkata
    2. who are orphaned children
    3. who are victims of violence
    4. who are abandoned children
    5. who are victims of child labour
    6. who are victims of the sex trade
    7. who are victims of sexual abuse
    8. who are victims of underage marriage
    9. who are physically and mentally challenged
    10. who are victims of drug and other substance addiction

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    VITAL For Children and HOPE Kolkata are best to carry out the project due to the relationships established with the community, which is crucial to increase awareness and create a lasting change. We have also tested different activities, finding the best ways to reach and educate these children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Yvonne Neuman

    Yvonne Neuman is the founder of VITAL For Children and maintains close links to not only the project leaders on the ground as well as the children.

    Maureen Forrest

    Maureen is the Founder of Hope Ireland and maintains close links to Yvonne and Hope Kolkata

    Geeta Venkadakrishnan

    Director of Hope Kolkata who maintains close links with Maureen and Yvonne and supervises the running of the Nabadisha program

    Allegra Viganotti

    Allegra is the Founder of VITAL -Italy and maintains close links with all of the above including visiting the beneficiaries each year

The Children Thank a Helpful Donor

The Children Thank a Helpful Donor


Will pay for a street child's school for a month

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