The urban poor in India have little state support. Their average income does not cover the escalating costs of food and rent for their shanty homes.
The Acts of Hope High School in Kasavanhalli has been working in the slum villages of Bengaluru since 1999 when visitors from the UK saw the plight of the children of migrant labourers who were attracted to Bengaluru. They decided to act and bought a small plot of land where they first built a nursery school to give shelter from the sun. Eventually, it was recognised that an education could benefit the children and the Acts of Hope School was born.
Since then, the school has expanded to accommodate the growing children, enabling new children from the swelling slums to join the school. The team of qualified local teachers has now reached 14, who look after 440 children, six days a week.
The Acts of Hope Charitable Trust was established in the UK to fundraise enabling the school to continue to run. The school provides the children with teachers, books, transport, uniforms, shoes and socks, a mid day meal, annual medical examinations and emergency medical help.
The current Executive Director, Mr. John Wishney, brings his mission to improve the school facilities and increase the opportunities for the children. This has been achieved by forming strong links with many local and international businesses, schools and colleges.
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