A beautiful hand embroidered kaftan made by the children of Ladli.
“Ladli” meaning loving girl in Hindi is a vocational training program for abused, orphaned and destitute children in the desert city of Jaipur, India.
For most of our children their alternative is begging, child labour, or even prostitution, but at Ladli they learn to make jewellery and handicrafts - valuable skills in Jaipur. The children are also taught Hindi, English, Art and Dance, and provided nutrition, medical check-ups and counselling. Most importantly of all they gain confidence, hope and self-esteem. We believe that in addition to providing children education and employability, Ladli is a place where emotional trauma and the stresses of poverty can in some way be healed.
MORE ABOUT LADLI
Ladli is a project of I-India, a local non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose donors have included Unicef, World Bank, Finland and the Government of India. I-India provides homes, street schools, vocational training and a crisis help line to the most needy street children of Jaipur. It was established in 1993 and helps over 3000 children daily. We are pleased to have on board some very important sustainability sponsors and partners who are working with us to sustain our empowerment and skill training related activities at Ladli for many years to come. We pay tribute to their generosity and unwavering commitment to working for humanity to make the world a better place. Our sustainability partners for year 2016-2017 are Baliza, Possibility Project, World Spree Travel, Orange DMC, Katrina Barker Designs and Shaping Lives Foundation.About half the children who attend Ladli live in one of I-India’s homes, most of these also attend a regular school. The others live on the street with their families but usually do not go to school. In the harsh reality of these children’s lives the choice is not between school and Ladli, but between Ladli and begging or exploitation. All Ladli children receive payment regardless of their ability. The children living in our homes have money paid into bank accounts that have been opened in their names; the children living on the street are paid cash, this helps their poor families and encourages their parents to allow their children to come to Ladli, rather than work.
Jaipur is a city with a tradition of excellence in jewellery and handicraft making. The centre’s children possess remarkable aptitude and as part of their training they produce high-quality products . The proceeds for each sale go entirely to the children and toward funding the project.