THE PROBLEM: India is plagued by child labour, with children being forced out to work to earn a livelihood, or placed in the position of having to take care of their younger siblings. In India, the school drop-out rate (around 50% below 8th grade) is a result of this deeply disturbing predicament.
THE PROJECT: The Colors of Life project utilizes creative outlets such as adult-facilitated drawing, writing, computer games and translation to encourage children to open their minds and explore new ideas . This project helps to bring about a measurably effective change in their approach to education and a positive shift in their confidence levels. The program also aids in developing children’s technology skills.
THE IMPACT: To date, all these activities have resulted in improved communication and interpersonal skills, increased self-motivation and confidence. With the assistance given through this project, we see in our children an overall renewed interest in education and lower number of school drop-outs. With your help, so far we have been able to partner with 2 schools and create an impact in the lives of around 100 kids from 5th to 9th grade.
COLORSS E-ZINE CREATED BY THE CHILDREN: This magazine was launched in 2011 and incorporates content created by the children, instilling in them the passion to do good work and take responsibility for their creations. These contributions foster in them a sense of pride for published work, and as a result more than 25% of the students not yet engaged in our project have shown keen interest in joining us.
FUTURE PLANS: Due to the success of this project, with further funding we intend to extend the project to cover 11th grade children.