We held our New Projects Presentation Evening on the 9th of February 2017 at George Watson’s College Edinburgh. We welcomed many familiar faces and lots of new ones too and were delighted that most joined us for canapes and drinks after the presentation, there was a great buzz and feeling of excitement throughout the crowd about our new work and Appeal. We are delighted with the feedback we have received so far about peoples’ initial impressions about our new work.
Below is an overview of the main points discussed on the evening.
The Light of Love Children’s Home and School (LLCH), which we have supported since 2000, remains our original and primary project, SLA is LLCH’s core funder and this project receives four fifths of all SLA funding.
Over the years, SLA’s strategic plan has evolved as we have developed as a charity and we have constantly checked that our strategy is aligned with the developing needs of vulnerable children in India and the Indian Government’s ongoing efforts to address these.
In conjunction with the Social Enterprise Project’s progress, and in anticipation of the funds it will generate, we have been exploring ways to increase the number of vulnerable children we can help. To this end, we have identified and have now entered into a partnership with two Indian non-profit organisations in Telengana and plan to support these new projects for a trial period to evaluate their different approaches to supporting children.
The two projects we have begun to support for a 3-year trial period are ASRITHA Rainbow Home and VOICE 4 Girls.
ASRITHA Rainbow Home rescues children who have been living in vulnerable conditions on the street, and helps them into a new life in residential care, our funding will be supporting the ASRITHA Home, which cares and educates 100 girls in a loving environment.
VOICE 4 Girls seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing mentorship and empowerment training to vulnerable girls in education to encourage them to remain in education and resist early marriage, childbirth and child labour. SLA’s project with VOICE 4 Girls will help 6000 girls.
These two projects represent the next step towards our long-term objective of reaching many more vulnerable children. Although they both care for girls, they are very different projects each providing differing ways of supporting vulnerable children. This will give SLA the opportunity to evaluate them and help with future development.
On the night we launched our GIRLS’ LIVES MATTER APPEAL which will run for the next year to generate awareness of our work and help raise the required £100,000 we need this year to support both new projects.