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Targetting the problems of hunger, disease and oppression that sadden their lives...
Inspiring in each other trust, confidence and support for one another..."

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  Project Name


Jackfruit Project



AID India










  Budget Approved


$ 9453


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Prithvi Raj
Tom Travis


College Park









Snehibhavan (“Love Home”) is a home for children of Dalit and Tribal origin. It is situated at Melukavu, a small town near Kottayam in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The home was founded in 2000 when Sajini Mathew now co-ordinator for AID India, a social activist, made the spontaneous decision to take in and care for a mother and two girls she found abandoned in a bus station. From there, the home grew as Sajini gave shelter to children who were sexually abused or in situations making them vulnerable to abuse, abandoned children, children whose parents were unable to feed and clothe them, and children of non-professional sex workers. The children live with Sajini and her husband Mathew and attend nearby schools.





The Snehibhavan facility is a small, primitive building that was meant to be temporary. This space is insufficient to house the 14 children, almost all girls, ranging in age from six to nineteen. Construction has begun on two new rooms, but they remain unfinished for lack of funds. Funds have been sent to provide for the basic needs of the girls and to improve the quality of the physical structure. The Womens Estate of Kottayam has been providing psychological and logistic support to Sajini Matthew, assigned mentors to the older girls, and conducted classes for the girls.





1) to provide each girl with a healthy diet, including fruit and vegetables 2) to ensure the ongoing education of each girl by covering school fees 3) to offer the older girls extracurricular classes through the Women’s Estate focussed on building self esteem and confidence 4) to provide each young woman with a mentor through the Women’s Estate who will help her explore possibilies for her future 5) to improve the physical facility of the home, which is, at present, quite primitive.



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