For some, school is an impossibility. Whether it be because a 7 year old needs them to stay at home with the baby all day whilst their parents work, or just because they live in such a remote place no teacher could ever come. Perhaps they graduated to college but just couldn't afford the fees, or are an orphan and no one is there to help them get in.
These are the people for whom Seb's School program exists. Through the program we distribute over 85 scholarships a year, run 6 primary schools in remote areas for over 300 children, and provide counselling and enrolment support throughout the year for hundreds of struggling students.
Because everyone deserves an education.
Where there are no roads, there are no teachers, and no doctors. Tribal communities in India often fall into the gap between conservation and development, and so don't have access to healthcare infrastructure at all.
Through the ? program, Seb's runs nutrition centres (Balwadis) in remote villages, where we monitor pregnant and nursing mothers, infants and primary children, providing nutrition supplements and ensuring that all children are vaccinated and supported through these important years.
We also work to provide a referral service in our target villages, linking tribal patients to healthcare and providing support wherever it's needed.
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS PROGRAM
The Eco Trail is a fun educational trail set in the heart of the stunning Jawadhi Hills. Guided and taught by local tribal women, students trek through the forest to their villages, where they learn about how to live in harmony with nature and promote sustainable development through fun, interactive workshops.
The Zaila Project teaches tribal women from remote communities in Jawadhi Hills the skills to make and market organic, handmade soaps from local materials in order to save money to fund the first generation of educated children in their community.
As well as building their skill capacity and financial capacity, the worth of teaching illiterate women the skills of running the business is absolutely priceless.
Goodbye to Paper
Whilst many are flourishing in India's fast growing economy, there is a population of people living below the poverty line who remain untouched by the development that is happening around them.
These are the people who live on the pavements. They are the people who were never educated, and never given a chance to become a functioning part of the economic system. They were born on the pavements, and continue to live on the streets with their families, as will their children’s children.
Seb's Projects have worked with 10 of these men and women from the streets of Vellore for 2 years, teaching them lamp making and selling tables they produce. Today they are setting up individual businesses through microfinance, and becoming entrepreneurs instead of rag pickers, earning enough to support their families and keep a roof over the heads. Their hope? To say "Goodbye to Paper!". And so it begins!
Empowering women in communities at the bottom of the social spectrum is essential for India's poorest families to rise above the poverty line, as well as for building their own confidence in themselves.
Through the SLP a group of tribal women learn the skills of stitching and screen-printing re-usable bags. The bags are used for conferences, shops and even hospitals to replace plastic and the women pool their earnings for health and education expenses. We also run a project to provide poultry to families in our school areas, where they can start small businesses selling eggs to improve our students' nutrition.
Dance to Reach Every Aim with the Magic in you! This is the motto of the DREAM program. In an India which is still very much dependent upon rote learning in schools in rural areas, children face a severe disadvantage which prevents them from living their dreams. Whilst many dream of being engineers and doctors, a huge proportion drop out before 14 years due to disinterest in schooling, lack of soft skills and poor english.
DREAM is a curriculum run in rural schools that targets these issues through teaching english, computers and life skills through dance, drama, art and play, thus enlivening rather than dampening children's dreams!
Seb's School Development
Whilst most people in rural areas of Tamil Nadu now have access to schools, large class sizes and lack of resources mean that drop out rates remain high and quality of education is often poor. Trying to learn science without the opportunity to experiment, or computer skills without access to an actual computer, often leaves 1st generation learners disillusioned and many go back into labouring for poor wages by the age of 14.
SHMT supports these schools with equipment and training to help them make education an exciting, stimulating experience for 1st generation learners. If you would like to learn more about our adopted Seb's Schools, please click below!