shere khan

youth  protection

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In Tamil Nadu, many teenagers and young adults from poor, often homeless, backgrounds do not have access to education and cannot hope for a better life, one that is healthy, secure, and financially self-sufficient. Those living in orphanages are usually left to their own devices when they are asked to leave at the age of 16-18 years old. Women are often married off early and denied self-development opportunities.

Besides the lack of funds, the disruptions and dangers of poverty–namely ill health, hunger, physical and psychological abuse, and the lack of structure and encouragement ̶ prevent even the most determined youths from being able to study. This is why we offer our students not only access to quality education, but also continuous counselling, secure housing, a stable environment, regular meals and basic healthcare. We believe this is essential for them to live a better life and dream of a brighter future!

some statistics…

20 million

Orphan/Homeless children (97% of them have at least 1 living parent but is too poor to take car of them

1.2 million

Homeless teenagers that are sex slaves once they leave orphanages (40% of them are under 18)

1.77 million

Homeless adults

62’000

Orphans in Tamil Nadu today that are placed by the government in child care instituitions/orphanages.

1 young Indian out of 5

is poor and cannot get access to education (87% live in rural areas like the village of Arni).

we help students through

pictogramEducation

education

We offer access to quality education in the subject area of their own choice and at the appropriate degree level to give them the skills and mindset for a better, financially self-sufficient life.

pictogramHealth

health

We fund basic medical consultations and medication to avert the burden of ill health which would ruin the chances of a better life.

pictogramSafety

safety

We provide a safe space and a stable social environment to keep at bay the dangers and hassles that would disrupt their studies.

pictogramNutrition

nutrition

We provide a safe space and a stable social environment to keep at bay the dangers and hassles that would disrupt their studies.

pictogramHousing

housing

We provide a safe space and a stable social environment to keep at bay the dangers and hassles that would disrupt their studies.

pictogramSupport

support

We provide a safe space and a stable social environment to keep at bay the dangers and hassles that would disrupt their studies.

criteria for selecting students for shere khan’s financing for studies scholarships

1. Though the discussion with the student we ascertain whether the student is interested in the subject for which scholarship is requested.

 

2. Based on their previous marks, no student who has an arrear will be selected for the scholarship program unless in a very rare situation.

 

3. The Students should be willing to work hard. Unless there is a valid reason, they should not have arrears while studying.

 

4. Poor families whose income cannot support the educational expenses of their children.

 

5. Priority is given to the children of deserted mothers, widows, and women who have drunkard/irresponsible husbands.

 

6. Preference will be given to the Girl student (due to the gender inequalities in the country).

 

7. If there is more than one child, we only recommend one child and that will preferably be the girl child.

 

8. Children of, parents with a handicap. Or a student who is handicapped.

 

9. Children who are ‘first generation learners, having semi-illiterate and illiterate parents.

 

10. All these conditions are applied on humanitarian ground based on the family’s poverty and circumstances.

 

Kindly note that the criteria are flexible. We do not want to be rigid. We would like to have the flexibility to recommend to you, students who are in real need.

our process

teens leave

the orphanages

When teenagers become 16-18 years old they have to leave the orphanages because of space scarcity & the law.

we identify

them through

contents

We target the ones in need, talk to them and help them with the planning of their educational goals.

we send them

to schools

and universities

We send them to academic or professional schools to start the program of their choice and we cover all the costs.

we monitor their

academic years

We follow the students trough the years & support them with all basic needs until they graduate.

they succeed & graduate

The students are finally ready to find a job and be intellectually & financially independent.

sex trafficking in india

 

Sex trafficking of children and young women in India is one of the country’s biggest issues as the lack of education, patriarchal culture and extreme poverty makes the situation ideal for traffickers. Human trafficking is illegal under Indian law but selling human beings for sexual exploitation is extremely profitable and allows this criminal business to grow in settings of poverty-stricken regions combined with the sex ratio being in high favour of men in India. Commercial sexual exploitation, forced prostitution and forced marriage are the most common forms happening in the country.

Thus, it is why Shere Khan also acts as a preventive action/agent for young individuals not to fall into the hands of sex traffickers as homelessness allows the supply of new victims to increase. We protect vulnerable children and women from the dangers of a life in the streets where sex trafficking thrives.

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