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Nethra still remembers the day she lost her mother. "I regret not having spent enough time with her." **After her mother passed away, her brother was the only family left.** She had an elder sister who was married and lived in a different city. Due to this distance, she lost touch with her as well.As the only earning member, her brother worked long hours. This further made Nethra feel lonely. **With their financial challenges increased, it was getting very hard for them to make ends meet.** It was then that her brother came across the Make a Difference hostels. He enrolled her in the hostel when he was convinced that she would be better taken care of there rather than at home. Nethra soon settled down in the hostel and liked living there. However, she missed her brother a lot. **She also felt sad that unlike a few girls who occasionally visited their homes, she could never go home with her brother.** He would visit her regularly but due to their constraints he could not take her home. The volunteers in the home counselled her and helped her feel better. **With proper care and nurturing she was motivated to do better in school.** She began to enjoy learning and became interested in science. She also loves to dance and looking to learn classical dancing and perform professionally when she grows up.Nethra is now a much happier girl. **She wants to become a doctor when she grows up. She wants to help many more children like her.** She feels that being a doctor will help her take care of them. She also wants to help children to find education and hostel and have a good life like she has been able to have.**Children like Nethra can safeguard their future if they get a second chance at life.** **You can help vulnerable children across shelter homes in India lead a safe, supported, and stress free life. You can donate so that they can get a safe shelter, care and education. You can give with confidence because every program listed is [GIVEASSURED](https://www.giveindia.org/giveassured).**


About The Program

MAD Holistic Child support program works to provide shelter and education to homeless and children from vulnerable backgrounds. This program has shown great impact over the last 3 years. With the intervention, the number of youth going to universities in the partner shelter homes of Make A Difference has gone up from around 20% to close to 78%.Donations to this program will be used to covers the expenses related to providing quality academic support including funding their college and university fees. MAD works with children in orphanages and shelter homes across India such as Coimbatore, Bhopal, Nagpur, Cochin, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Lucknow, Vellore, Hyderabad.These children have been abandoned from families and are placed with shelter homes in their cities. The aftercare support works with youth beyond the age of 18 transitioning out of shelter homes providing higher education and career counselling support to pursue viable careers. MAD directly pays for university fees after a formal scholarship agreement signed by the beneficiary with MAD. All the details of such transfers along with originals bills are filed for reference and available upon request.Transitional Readiness and Aftercare enables children to build their career paths that are in sync with their interests and is aimed at those who are poised to pass out from shelter homes. This is a volunteer driven system. At an average every youth under the programme is associated with a minimum of 3 volunteers. One of the volunteers is compulsorily a part of the Make a Difference Fellowship programme and is inducted and trained thoroughly around the nuances of the programme through a 4 day Training and Development conference. Apart from the volunteers are a part of an on-going Fellowship curriculum for the entire course of their fellowship.Over 90% of the children successfully pass their 10th standard. Where children progress into class 11 and 12 the program provides more intensive one-to-one mentoring for a minimum of 2-3 hours a week, supported by placement into University where possible or jobs where more appropriate. The mentor additionally engages a host of academic support volunteers (ASVs) who provide additional teaching support for up to 8 hours a week if the individual needs academic support, assuming the shelter is willing to provide access. Mentors also aim to interact with the parent of the child (where there is one) up to 6 times a year to ensure buy in and support. Alongside this they are also provided professional career counselling based on which an appropriate future career path is determined, and the mentor also provides support for documentation and admissions/job placements as needed.Some of the indicators collected to track the progress of the project are: - 12th Std Grades- No. of active scholarships awarded- % of youth who scored 60% or more in their year-end exams - % of youth who continued on to Higher Education (University) - % of youth who successfully moved to second year of higher education- Stable housing post shelter- Progression to career oriented work- Financial stability- Earning Threshold- Fundamentals of literacy and numeracy- Confidence and self-esteem- Core life and social skillsWhen you donate to this program you will help abandoned children living in shelter homes get access o a quality college education which can change their life.


About The NGO

Make A Difference (MAD) is a youth driven, non-profit organisation working to ensure equitable outcomes for children in orphanages and street shelters. Registered as a non-profit in 2006, Make A Difference reaches out to over 3,460 children in 67 shelters across 23 cities in India, through a highly efficient 3,822 strong volunteer network. Volunteers commit a year and spend between 2 and 10 hours every week mentoring, teaching and interacting with children in order to ensure that they get the support and care they need during childhood.Their aim is to ensure that even the most vulnerable children in shelters are able to realize equitable outcomes and that they are able to live a life free from exploitation, with a capability of managing emotional and financial life crises.


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Make A Difference

Make A Difference

Beneficiary Charity

Rohit Nair

Rohit Nair

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