To enable our vital support to continue we need people to support our cause.
Please help us to allow the vital work we support to continue.
Through fundraising and the support of several loyal friends, we have raised enough money to support the 300 children at PUSS and to assist SOCH in the past. But every year the costs in India rise and there are several thousand children in Odisha living on the streets, in railway stations and in otherwise unsafe conditions. These children are vulnerable to illness, exploitation and trafficking and our aim is to help as many children as we can to find safe accommodation and to attend school. The number of children we can assist is limited only by the amount of money we can raise.
We need your continued support to enable PUSS and SOCH to accommodate, feed and give these children a safe home and a school education
Why is your support so vital?
Many of the children arriving at PUSS are rescued from very sad circumstances. There Mothers may be working as prostitutes which leaves them vulnerable to exploitation or their families may live in destitute conditions in the slums and be unable to properly care for, feed and educate their children. They sometimes have a difficult time settling in, but the care and support the children receive from the staff means that once settled in the loving home, they are able to thrive.
Several of the PUSS girls are accomplished “karateka” (karate practioners) and many compete in state and national championships. There are also girls competing in athletics and they love to learn to dance, both moden and traditional Oriya dancing.
What happens to the girls when they leave?
We are often asked what happens to the girls when they finish their education.
In 2019, Manoj Kumar of SOCH told us that while attending a conference about institutional care he happened to meet two young women who had left PUSS some years ago. He took them to see the on-going rehabilitation programme at the Matt and Del Page Memorial Rehabilitation Centre and the PUSS headteacher Kuku told us a little about their history. One of the girls had spent thirteen years at PUSS, she came from a very poor ‘tribal’ family because of family violence and poverty, and has since then helped her parents to stay together. She now lives at home with her family and has a good job in a local organisation.
The other is the daughter of a prostitute from the city, who had been at PUSS for four years. She has since then completed a diploma in electronics and telecommunications; she also has a good job and is planning to go to University.
To enable us to help more young children have a brighter future, please support us!