While the lack of basic necessities like shelter, food, clothing and medical care hurts every human, it is most threatening to children. Children living in poverty are at high risk of growing up as hardened criminals as these are often the only role models they see in the slums. While children are negatively affected, women too suffer. The women in these slums do not have the skill sets to provide for themselves let alone their children. This only perpetuates the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and crime.
We believe that what we provide for the woman and children is theirs by right and not an act of charity. Food, shelter and education should be the right of every human being.
We currently have 100 children living in the school dormitory. Another 100 commute daily from their homes to the school on our bus. With parental consent, and often encouragement, we bring street children out of the slum environment and into the NJS campus environment. We think it is important that our kids know there is more than the squalor and poverty that has always surrounded them. We also encourage people from different walks of life come and address the children on the various vocational avenues available to them through education.