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  Project Name


Jackfruit Project-2008



AID India



Education - Child







  Budget Approved


$ 9571


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators


Paula Buck







Daisy, a long-time resident of Snehi Bhavan orphanage, preparing jackfruit.





The Jackfruit Project was founded in 2007 to support Snehi Bhavan (Home of Love), which is located in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Snehi Bhavan gives shelter to tribal or Dalit girls who have been abandoned or found in situations where they were vulnerable to abuse. They live with the homeís director, Sajini Mathews (herself a Dalit woman), and her family. Until the founding of the Jackfruit Project in 2007, the home struggled to be supported by the laborerís wages of Sajiniís husband, Mathews, and local donations of food. There are typically 12-16 girls between the ages of 5 and 18 living at Snehi Bhavan.





Since 2007, The Jackfruit Project has provided funds for the basic needs of the girls at Snehi Bhavan, made major improvements to the facility, provided tutoring, educational support and books, sponsored classes to raise cultural awareness and self-esteem, and assisted the girls in developing and working toward long-range personal, educational and/or professional goals.





1) To provide financial support for basic food, shelter, and daily needs of the girls residing at Snehi Bhavan until sustainability is achieved. 2) To provide financial support for programs that assist the girls in developing and working toward long-range personal, educational, and/or professional goals. 3) To eventually raise sufficient funds for the purchase of rubber-tree acreage (or to establish another cottage industry) that will allow Snehi Bhavan to achieve a sustainable livelihood.



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