Set up in 1998, the Chainpur project began with work focus-sed on children. With politics and beauracracy in the hands of the rich in the state of Jharkhand, the friar’s entry point into developing the society was through kindergarten. Children hitherto spending their earlier years of childhood without any education have been slowly and surely inducted into learning through the kindergarten.
Ever since it’s beginning in 1998, the organisation has been working mainly on trail and error basis to meet the local needs.
The children’s project which created the entry point into the villages expanded to Community Based Rehabilitation. The project has started formation of Self Help Groups of men, women and persons with disabilities.
In the project 340 Children 2 to 5 yrs disabled, and 650 persons 12 to 17 yrs disabled.
Indiranagar children project.
Situated in the outskirts of the Ranchi town in the newly formed state of Jharkhand in north India, the project deals exclusively with leprosy affected persons in a settlement which has come to be known as Indiranagar.
With a population of 435 of which half are female, 150 families are headed by leprosy affected patients. Though most are cured, they are not able to work owing to their visible deformity. Only around 21 persons in this colony work as labourers for a living.
The project has focussed on education of the children to bring about a steady economic growth in the colony. This gains importance in the light of the fact that most of the children have disabilities arising out of leprosy.
It was in 1994 that the project took up the cause of these patients who had been an isolated part of the society with no outside help till then. A school was constructed and with the help of AIFO immediately after, the project has taken up the challenge of rehabilitation and educational upliftment of Indira Nagar. Children not only get dresses, books but also mid day meal complete with egg and milk. Apart from books and stationary, the children are given dresses on festive occasions and health support in the shape of buckets, soap.