KISES India is delighted to announce the official launch of its Mobile School, following a brief inauguration ceremony at the Vijayawada city dump.
The school is at the forefront of a campaign to bring relief to marginalised children and families living and working on the dump, whose only means of income is from ‘rag-picking’. This means that each day they sift through mountains of waste using bare hands and feet for small amounts of metal and plastic to sell to recyclers.
The mobile school is part of a wider programme which will include regular health camps and the delivery of clean drinking water and freshly-prepared food to the dump-dwelling community.
In attendance for the opening ceremony were KISES founder Mr Shoury Babu Rebba and Jem King, of KISES UK – a fundraising arm for the small Vijayawada-based NGO.
“KISES has achieved great things for some of the most overlooked and downtrodden members of Indian society since it was founded in 1999,” said volunteer Mr King.
“We have worked with these families living on the dump for more than two years and this new Mobile School will hopefully herald a new beginning for all their children.
“We have an excellent young teacher to help introduce them to the world of education and doctors willing to come and meet the medical needs of people who live and work in the most dangerous and unhealthy conditions imaginable.
“This programme is so typical of the work KISES does with those often shunned by society and literally at the bottom of the food chain, so KISES UK is delighted to have played a part in making this possible.
“Potential donors and sponsors who are impressed by the efforts of Shoury and his wife Rajani should be aware that more projects are already waiting in the wings for funding to come along, while the mobile school will also need ongoing support.
“I would urge any companies worldwide with a social conscience to step forward and allow KISES to expand its operations for the benefit of thousands of the world’s most needy and vulnerable people – and that goes for foundations, organisations and even individuals who think they might be able to help.”
Other KISES projects already in the pipeline are a Mobile Health Clinic providing medical care to impoverished rural villagers in Andhra Pradesh, an Animal Rescue Centre and a Residential Care Hostel for children of fishermen who are forced to spend long periods at sea.
There are also plans to expand the KISES Mobile School Programme by acquiring additional vehicles in order to take classrooms into deprived and slum areas in Vijayawada.
Read more about the Dump Humanisation Programme.