THIS MONTH'S PARTNER AGENCIES
DUARS RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT - INDIA
This super organization serves tea plantation labourers and their families in India. The picturesque plantations of West Bengal mask a rough life for many. The Duars (local area name) Rural Development Project provides education and economic development for families. Hundreds of children have graduated from its Cornerstone school campus. These children can escape the generational pattern of illiteracy, poverty, abuse and marginalization. They can improve the well-being of their families on the tea plantations. Education is the sustainable solution to lift families out of poverty. Their main campus houses an orphanage and primary and secondary schools. And they have a large reach through nearly 100 field staff who operate community centres in or near plantations. There is a lot of ethnic conflict in the area as well, which leads DRDP to get involved in providing support to families needing emergency support.
JKPS - INDIA
JKPS is the organization that inspired the birth of Kutoa becaus of its world-class program to restore minor-age girls rescued from human trafficking. JKPS serves people living in extreme poverty in three states of India. Every week over 10,000 children participate in JKPS programs for disadvantaged youth. They have many programs that address injustice, poverty and human rights such as medical camps, education programs, community development projects and anti-trafficking programs. In recent days they have been busy providing relief to families affected by the Covid-19 situation. JKPS provides micro-financeing for women and is developing group businesses to help people become self-sustaining and less vulnerable to crises.
KAMATI'S KIDS - NAMIBIA
Kamati’s Kids is transforming the shanty-towns of Windhoek from the inside out. Kamati and his team mentors young leaders to bring positive change to their own communities. Half the population of Windhoek, Namibia live in shantytowns surrounding the city. These unplanned communities are centres for violent crime, prostitution, and substance abuse. They are dangerous places to grow up. Shantytown children and youth are vulnerable, and lack opportunity. Kamati's Kids provides guidance and support for youth to navigate these dangers and realize a brighter future. They invest in the spiritual, physical, emotional and educational development of young people. Kamati's Kids protects and cares for children in practical ways. They use after-school programs like sports and tutoring to develop life skills and values.