I volunteered with an NGO (Non Government Organisation) called PETE, which stands for Providing Education To Everyone.
PETE is based in a Delhi slum called the Kathputli Colony, or puppet colony. Since January 2013, the NGO has created 3 schools within the slum; the Nirvan School, which provides a classroom for 40 children with school books, stationary, games and education including English and Maths; a kindergarten which takes care of children aged 2-5, who’s parents both work as labourers/cooks/cleaners, the kindergarten provides free meals; lastly there is the Nirvan Vocational School for Women, where teenage girls and women can take courses from beauty therapies to clothes making to give them skills to earn money.
The schools also create jobs for the people of the slums, using locals as teachers, and as guides for PETE’s latest project: Slum walks.
The Slum Walks were set up to give Indians and tourists an insight to life in the slums. It is a truly eye opening experience. The walks are done in a respectable way, PETE promises not to turn poverty into a ‘tourist tour’. It also gives the people of Kathputli the chance to meet and interact with foreigners.
The thing is, the education and resources that PETE provide are dependant on donations from people like me and you. Otherwise these children would be on the streets, like so many of them still are. The Slum Walks were created so that visitors could see exactly where their money would be going, and it is a totally life changing experience.
Check out their website for more info: peteindia.webs.com