Lebara Village for 1,000 Displaced Children
The Lebara Foundation is in the process of setting up a Lebara Village, a new-build village 70km from Chennai that will provide international quality education and residential care for 1,000 vulnerable children, many of whom have been displaced by war.
Among these are refugees, rag pickers and street kids, as well as young people from slum areas. The village will provide food and shelter for 1,000 children, supplementary nutrition for 500, and a total of 1,000 school places.
The village will also offer an escape from exploitation and harassment for displaced women and female refugees.
Facilities will include a campus hospital offering 50 beds for pediatric and general nursing care, while a clean water supply will prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.
The Village project will cost an estimated €10 million. The completion date is June 2014, but the Foundation has a five-year plan to make the village self-sustaining.
Income generation and agriculture programmes, education and life-skills support, plus partnerships with the Indian Government and development organisations, will help safeguard the quality of life of these children and their families.