The International Service Project
LITTLE BIG HELP
The International Service Project (ISP) of the Ladies Circle International is the project "Little Big Help". This project is led by Ladies Circle 54, Aarhus in Denmark.
LittleBigHelp works to create better opportunities for vulnerable children and women in West Bengal, India to secure their basic human rights such as education, protection, basic health care, and nutrition- each and every day.
LittleBigHelp runs a Pre and Primary School in Shalimar slum community where 135 children on a daily basis receive education, learn about their basic rights and enjoy a hot meal for lunch. They also work with the local community, mainly the parents of the children.
LittleBigHelp runs a 24/7 Open Shelter near Howrah train station for 25 boys who are living on the street and on the platforms of the station. The rough everyday lives of these young boys consist of collecting bottles and other goods left on the trains to sell and earn a few Rupees to survive.
They are offered a safe alternative to the perils of the street and the station with shelter, protection, education, food, medical care, and a place to simply just be a child. Many of the boys are addicted to sniffing glue and have suffered horrific experiences in their lives and we work to secure them a better and safer future off the street and to find them a better alternative.
To provide a long term Home for the youngest and most vulnerable boys at the Open Shelter, they are running a Boys' Home for 45 street connected boys. In this Home, the boys can start a new life away from the street with care, comfort, nutrition, education - and a place to call 'home' until they reach 18 years of age.
They are running a Girls’ Home for 25 street connected and other vulnerable girls. Here the girls have a chance to start a new life in a safe environment filled with care, comfort, nutrition and education – a place to call ‘home’ until they reach 18 years of age. It is especially important to offer help to girls in India, as they are extra vulnerable to child marriage, trafficking, rape and abuse.
The Adult Learning Centre for the women and mothers of our students at Shalimar School is a project aiming at empowering the women in the local community by giving them basic education and a new way to express themselves. Most of the women are first-time learners and they are very keen to learn and be empowered.
LittleBigHelp is supporting the Centre for Special Education - a school for 100 children and adolescents with special needs who would otherwise not be able to attend school or receive care. The Centre also provides a home for 15 of the older students of the school and offers vocational training and life skills education. The students come from impoverished tribal villages around Bankura, situated a few hours outside of Kolkata.
Learning Centre for Tribal Children is providing education and computer learning for children living in tribal villages near Bankura.Through this project, LittleBigHelp aims to provide the opportunity and learning space to ensure improved education and computer literacy among the less privileged tribal children.
An important value for LittleBigHelp is to keep administration costs at a minimum to ensure that the donations that are received reach those who really need it.