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India continues to struggle to provide care and education to the increasing number of children born into poverty. This lack of resources leaves children vulnerable to malnutrition, illiteracy and a bleak future. By joining Kaya and becoming a volunteer in the beautiful mountains of India you can make a difference to these children's lives. Kaya works with children and women empowerment projects which are all desperately in need of volunteer assistance. By choosing to work with children and young adults in the spectacular state of Himachal Pradesh you will join children's projects desperately in need of volunteer assistance and provide welfare and education for the new generations.
With our cultural in introduction tour, you will have the option of becoming culturally immersed in the ethos of what is means to be an Indian youth today, helping to put your later volunteering work into full context within this incredibly diverse and colourful country. Arriving into Delhi, your project will begin with a week-long cultural and sightseeing orientation staying with a local family in Jaipur for 3 days with a visit to the beautiful Amber Fort including an elephant ride to the entrance of the palace. There will also be the option of visiting the Taj Mahal during this time as an extra excursion (fees will apply). Additional excursions in Himachal include a trekking excursion and a visit to Amritsar. When you arrive to your project you will have a week of yoga classes and for those staying 8 weeks the option of cooking classes as well.
Why the project needs you
The most common problem for institutions working with children in India is chronic underfunding. The result of this is that staff that are stretched to their limits and only able to provide basic care and attention to the children they work with. Volunteers are gladly welcomed by local staff to help ease their burden and provide children and young women with the attention they need. Disability is also a huge stigma in Himachal Pradesh and children and marginalized to both day and live in centres where there is child upon child waiting to receive care, stimulation and tutoring but with not enough staff to go round.