Women and young girls who are otherwise engaged house maids are provided at our church premises to acquire tailoring skills, Participants are trained by Usha Sewing machines trained instructors in the spare time of the participants. They are trained in small groups of 10 each for 3 to 6 months and put through examinations by Usha. Those successful will receive an appropriate certificate. Passed out trainees either seek employment or are self-employed.
We are in the process of setting up a production unit.
Flagship project for children of Chalera Village
We believe that God desires for all mankind to know Him and to be in commune with Him. God created the heavens and the earth for His good pleasure and as a place for mankind to live and glorify Him. He desired fellowship with mankind has been actively seeking His people to connect with Him right from creation. God wants to make their lives meaningful, fulfilling and lived in harmony with each other, irrespective of social and material diversity. We believe that God loves to use His people as His instruments in achieving His vision and therefore both as individuals and the body of Christ, our vision cannot any different.
Ours is a vibrant church, brimming with various activities for the edification of its members; we have been blessed abundantly and was never in want. This realisation caused us to introspect, and it did not take us much long to understand that we have a social responsibility, we should be outward looking, and, therefore, we should outreach. Since then we have never looked back. We conceived and executed several outreach programs. This proposal inviting your personal or organisational support is for our most critical project, came to be known as the Chalera Project, as the project is implemented in the slums adjutant to the Chalera Village, not very far from our Church.
The Chalera Project:
Noida, like many such fast developing Cities in India, has its share of problems. The migrant population who might have come to Noida from many States as construction workers, stayed back after the projects got over. Men engaged themselves in small jobs, and most became rickshaw pullers and the like. Women became house maids. The most affected lot were the children. They grew up un-cared for, unschooled and were forced to work as rag pickers and do other menial tasks. One of our church members, a senior functionary in a Government organisation concerned with labour and welfare, conducted a survey in and around Noida and came up with the shocking statistics that over 1000 children were engaged as rag pickers. The question most of the children had for the surveyors was whether they would ever go to school like other children. They said they too would love the uniforms, carry bags full of books and get on to the school bus.
We knew, the right away, that they were our target group and worked out our initial program with such children in the nearby village called Chalera. We convinced the parents to send the children to our program centre in the village for at least 3 hours every day. In the very first lot, in 2006, we had 60 children enrolling with us. They were aged between 4 to 14 years and either had never been to a school or were dropouts after one year of schooling. We realised that hygiene was never their strong point and the language they spoke was as filthy as the clothes they wore. Some of them were not even ‘toilet trained’!
We quickly engaged a couple of volunteers to take care of them. We decided to put into operation a holistic instruction method which included hygiene, health, basic language skills, mathematics and general knowledge. Children were segregated into groups based on their age and learning capacity. We augmented the volunteer teachers with two more teachers before the year was out.
The change in the children was amazing. They dropped the foul language they were so used to and learned to behave and function like children from middle-class families. Children were given uniforms, some nourishment (milk, biscuits and seasonal fruit), and were subjected to periodical medical checkup by Doctors who are our church members. Those requiring vitamin supplements were given these as prescribed by the Doctors.
Every day, one class of 45 minute's duration is devoted to inculcating value system in children. Parables from New Testament were regularly narrated to them, and they were taught how to function alongside other children and the society at large.
Present model in operation:
With the Government of India enacting Right to Education Act, it has become mandatory to enrol all children between of 6 to 14 years of age in regular schools. In line with this directive, we re-modeled our program and it now works as under:
We take in children 6 years and bellow, who have never been to any school and equip them to join regular schools by putting them through suitably modified classroom programs for a year.
These children, normally numbering about 30, are placed in two groups and two volunteer teachers attend to them for 4 hours a day.
At the end of one year, these children are placed in appropriate classes in the Government and private schools.
All of them attend remedial education and tuition support at our project centres after they finish school every day.
Nearly 30 children return for help, and they are formed into two groups and are attended to by two volunteer teachers. The outreach function from the neat and conducive church premises.
At any point in time we have, presently, the capacity to handle 60 children, 30 in the morning for 4 hours and 30 in the noon from 2 to 5 PM.
We do not charge the children any fees, on the other hand; we support them financially for their school fees, uniform and books.
Once or twice a year the children are taken out for an educational-cum-picnic trip.
Children are also given opportunities to participate in church annual fete and also to perform before the congregation.
In the initial three years of the project operations, we received seeding fund from Mustard Seed Foundation, USA, to the extent of 50% of the total running costs. From the third year onward, Jindal Steels Limited also provided some funds for two years. Presently the project is supported entirely by the church member through contributions. This has handicapped us that we are unable to replicate the model of operation we have by now perfected in other slum areas, and we are unable to expand our program base and introduce vocational training for the children.
We will gratefully receive external financial support from individuals and organisations. Support of any amount or sponsoring of one or more items of expenditure in part or in full will be welcome.
Financial support in INR may please be sent by cheques drawn in favour of Christ Church, Noida, or through NetBanking to the credit of our Savings Bank Account # 398502010040455, IFSC Code: UBIN0539856 with UBI, Brahmaputra Complex, Sector 29, Noida.
The project is managed well and reviewed periodically by the Outreach Management Committee comprising of the Presbyter-in-charge, the Hony. Treasurer, the Project Director, and two prominent members drawn from the Pastorate Committee of Christ Church.
God bless you for your kind participation.
Replicate Chalera model
The reason the Chalera project, as is commonly known, is being continued show that it has benefited the society to a great extent. A study conducted by Dr. Helen Sekar a few years ago showed that there were 900+ children from Noida's Basti's who are ragpickers, the target for the programme. Please consider replicating the model in some other area in Noida. Alternatively, the project may be outsourced to smaller churches or others and funded by CCN.
Sponsorship for schooling
Four children who were either unschooled or were dropouts who were picked up and put through orientation programme placed in schools through our Chalera outreach are now in 10th Standard. We are looking for our kind-hearted members, their members of the family and friends to sponsor their school fees, the cost of books and uniform. Approximate cost per student is Rs.25000/- PA
Theological Education, Mission & Missionery Support
For the past several years, the church has been providing financial support to 2 to 3 persons recommended by the Diocese of Delhi, to pursue studies at the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune and The Bishop's College, Kolkata. The Church also provide financial support to 2 missionaries from IEM and Diocese of Delhi and their family who have undertaken evangelical work in Haryana and remote areas in North India. Our church makes liberal contributions to other churches in need of financial support for their various activities, every year.