The Rotary Club of Madras Boys Town Project in Gummidipoondi.
The aim of this project is to provide a home, food, education and health care to 100 boys from low income rural households. This involves secondary education from 6th to 12th Grade (12 – 18 years of age) and includes boarding during term time, eating nutritious food, receiving regular tuition from qualified teachers in general subjects, plus access to music classes, yoga and physical education.
The boys also receive careers guidance to help them to make choices about academic, technical and vocational courses as they progress through the school. The success rate of the children for the academic year 2017-2018 was a remarkable 97%.
In order to ensure the long term sustainability of the home and to ensure that healthy food is provided for the children, the home works with local providers and receives wheat flour, rice and soap on a monthly basis.
In 2018, the home was satisfactorily audited by the National Commission of Child Rights and District Child Protection Team.
A Success Story from Boys Town.
A former pupil at Boys Town now works in a private software company in Chennai and earns a good salary. In between his work schedule, he finds time to return to Boys Town and give tuition classes to some of the students.
The Rotary Club of Madras. New Initiative.
In 2018 we adopted three villages, namely Amarambedu, Panjalai and Kannankottai, and offer space for education in each village. Currently we provide classes to 28 out of 32 children – boys and girls – living in these villages. Classes take place in centres situated in teachers’ homes and these centres are visited twice a month to collect feedback from the children and then adjust the content of the programme as necessary. The visits are also useful to address any issues and to ensure the compliance by teachers to the safeguarding and operational policies of the Rotary Club of Madras.
Last year the Rotary Club of Madras Boys Town Project invited children from the three villages to join them in celebrating the 72nd ‘Independence Day of India’ and this was accepted with great enthusiasm. A group of girls performed a traditional dance and gave a speech in English about the meaning of the celebration and a group of boys did a yoga demonstration. All those participating received a certificate of appreciation as a reward for their performances.