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Project Bloom:
Dominicans in Action

Under the Indian Center for Integrated Development, there are a number of programs helping youth.  http://icid.org.in/.

Project Bloom, is a prime example of this. It is  an initiative of the Dominican friars in collaboration with Dominican Sisters of the Presentation and Dominican Laity in the Yuvajyothi Children's Home of the Indian Centre for Integrated Development (ICID) in Nagpur.

This project strives to rescue children and female youth from exploitative, abusive, and other disadvantaged situations such as street and pavement dwelling, work places, children begging, picking waste material and neglected children, and provide a protective environment where a child finds a safe, dignified and child-friendly atmosphere including their rehabilitation with their families.

This is done through various programs, such as street outreach, formation of children’s groups, counselling, life skill education, educational support and sponsorship, provision of safe shelter for children in need, organizing child right awareness and advocacy programs.

The Dominican Family of Friars, Sisters and Laity also work in collaboration with a team of social workers and volunteers in Nagpur district to assist with children who are already living on the streets with adequate and necessary support:

  • Providing street-based support, protection, rescue, rehabilitation and integration (with family), maintaining street presence through volunteers, and awareness creation among children about the risks and dangers on the streets.
  • Residential care (counselling, food, accommodation, education, life skill development, livelihood training and opportunity, and preparing them for family life). Children are referred to Yuvajyothi or other homes for children.

And to work with economically and socially disadvantaged families whose children may turn to the streets:

  • Sensitization visits to the families, life skill education to children in the families, child rights awareness in communities and schools, interventions at the school level in order to retain children in the schools, networking and advocacy.
  • Livelihood training and opportunities for women from disadvantaged families at community-based centers.

Solidarity with Dominicans in India

  1. Pray each day for the Dominican Family in India and for the people who suffer and those who work to alleviate their pain.
  1. Join us at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on December 8 at 6 pm for Evening Prayer with preachng.
  1. Watch the video Children for Sale: The Fight Against Child Trafficking in India. According to Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyrthi more than $150 billion is earned annually in human trafficking. More than half of these are children.”

 

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