Impact

Transformation

Slum Outreach

Slums are the hub for street kids and usually where they seek shelter or live with families.

Project I Am International intentionally targets major slum areas within the city of Hyderabad. Slums are the hub for street kids and usually where they seek shelter or live with families. There are usually trafficking situations that we can identify once we regularly visit a slum and establish relationships with community leaders. It is essential that we earn the trust and confidence of the children, as well as the caregivers, if we intend to make an impact in the community and ultimately, a successful rescue.

Some of the ways we work is by regularly providing monthly food bags. Each bag has rice, lentils, oil, and other provisions. We also sometimes serve hot meals, distribute hygiene products, and have a little fun by playing games and projecting movies. The community loves it and it is also a great way for us to involve local volunteers with our work!

We have had the most success reaching street children and single moms by our outreach projects. Many people have a misconception that these people want to immediately leave the streets as soon as we offer the opportunity, unfortunately, this is not usually the case. It takes time to gain their trust and build a relationship before we can successfully rescue them from the vulnerabilities of the street. The good news is once we have proven we are trustworthy, we are able to rescue many children and mothers at once.

Would you consider sponsoring an outreach event today?

Rescue Homes

It takes an average of nine months to earn enough trust from a child or family for us to successfully convince them to leave their life on the streets. We currently have over 60 children, ranging from the ages of 5-21, living with us full-time. Spread over four different facilities, each home is headed by a loving house-parent and designed to meet the needs of a specific age group and gender. We also have a facility exclusively for mothers and their children so that families can stay together. Once a child is rescued, Project I Am International provides for all of a child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The children go to school, unless a child is too old to start a formal education, then we help them identify their talents and interests and send them for skills training like plumbing, welding, agriculture, driving, and Bible school.

Women’s Empowerment

Women Empowerment

Working with street kids also often leads us to a connection with their mothers. Most of these women have been widowed or abandoned by their husbands. To cope with their heartbreaking situation, they often turn to many types of addictions. Project I Am International works to rescue these mothers off the streets simultaneously as we do with their children.

We believe the family unit, in most situations, is essential to preserve. Often times, she first sends her children to our rescue home before she also leaves the streets.
It can be difficult for them to make the choice to leave the life they have been accustomed to on the streets behind, but they also understand and want a better future for their children.

Once a mother chooses to leave the streets, we work to restore her complete health – physical, emotional, and spiritual – from the years of abuse, hardships, and addictions she has endured.

Part of our rehabilitation program is giving them an opportunity to earn an income. We train them in multiple different types of skills depending on their interest. Currently, we are developing a social enterprise that will employ our women and others like them in our surrounding community. Our prayer is that by helping them establish a sustainable income, they will find hope and create a new life for themselves and their children. Stay tuned to learn more about this new venture, The IndiArtisan Collective, due to launch in early 2022.

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Right now, we are in need of raising start-up support to pay for the rent of our working space and purchase sewing machines and supplies. To help these mothers have a fresh start at life, click on the link below

Street Kids

According to UNICEF, over 11 MILLION children currently live on the streets of India.

For these innocent children, the streets are their only home. They spend their days scavenging landfills and wandering train stations or the main roads of major cities. Their only source of survival is begging or selling small gadgets or toys under the hot sun and in crowded markets. Every day, their only goal is to earn just enough money to eat one meal before making their bed on the cold, dirty sidewalk or underneath a bench in a bus station. The police, the ones that should be offering the protection they crave, often beat and harass them in the middle of the night.

They have no safety, no love, and no place to call their home.

Each day, they become more vulnerable as they fall prey to the reality of life on the streets – abuse, trafficking, addiction.

Some do have families living with them on the streets. However, these families are extremely dysfunctional. Parents often force their children to work for slave like wages to fuel their drug or alcohol addictions. Street kids witness and experience the unthinkable, stealing away their young innocence.

The cycle of not just poverty, but addiction, abuse, and illiteracy, will continue for these 11 million, unless someone, like you, steps in to give them the gift of hope. The opportunity to leave the streets and experience a home, education, and most importantly, love. By supporting the work of Project I Am International, a child can leave their horrendous life on the streets. They won’t have to spend another day wondering if they will have food to eat or sleep safely that night.

Why?

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Feeling Abused

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Seeking opportunity to escape extreme poverty

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Abandonment or death of parents or guardians

Would you help us rescue a child today?

Your gift will rescue a child from their horrendous life on the streets. They won’t have to spend another day wondering if they will be able to eat that day or sleep safely that night.
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Ashok is just one child who has been rescued from the streets, but there are still thousands waiting just like him. Will you give them a place that finally feels like home? Click on any of the options below to start giving today!

Why?

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$20

$20 Provide a Child with Nutrition food for a month.

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$50

Will help with rescue efforts to bring a child off the streets

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$150

Covers all the monthly expenses for food, clothing and education for a child in our rescue homes.