Here are the projects we are currently involved with around the world.
In Ecuador we support under-resourced communities in the barrios of Guayaquil through individual sponsorships that include the delivery of educational and psychosocial services in order to reduce violence in early childhood.
Partner: JUCONI Ecuador
In Mexico we support the provision of services to street-connected children and their families in the city of Puebla. We also give additional support to JUCONI’s ‘Early Childhood Development and Parent Attunement Programme’, designed to help one hundred and seventy street market children aged between 0 to 5 years old.
Partner: JUCONI Mexico
In Zimbabwe we support the education of orphaned children in South Harare through an out-of-school programme. The programme offers accelerated learning for primary school children who have not attended school by the age of nine or who have dropped out before completing primary education. The centre also welcomes secondary school aged children that have failed to progress from primary to secondary school and those that dropped out before completing their secondary education.
Partner: Chiedza Child Care Centre
In Burkina Faso, we support the implementation of a village providing protection, health care, education and vocational training to girls living on the street and their children. The village now also offers a nursery school called ‘Beoogo Tienbo’ with facilities to welcome the children living in the shelter with their mothers. As part of the scheme, places for the children of low-income households from the surrounding community are also provided in order to be inclusive and facilitate the integration of the school in the locality.
In Gummidipoondi we support a residential ‘Boys Town’ providing 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.
Partner: Rotary Club of Madras
In Bihar, we are supporting families of migrant workers through a livelihood programme and taking measures to help to get their school-age children back into education.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, migrant workers from villages in the rural areas of Bihar were employed in the city of Delhi, while their wives and children remained living in the villages. However, due to the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn, the men lost their jobs and had to return home. As the poverty level of these families has risen, the children are now being pushed into the workforce to help to sustain them. The fact that these children are involved in labour and hazardous work is endangering their health and safety as well as depriving them of an education.
In Sri Lanka we support a pre-school project for children called ‘Saplings’ that is housed in the premises of the Hindu College Ratmalana. SERVE was asked by the school to start this project because there were no pre-schools catering for low income children studying in Tamil in the area. The pupils will start Grade 1 of primary school when they are five years old and be entitled to free education.