Vatsalya Children’s Village near Jaipur is home to 60 abandoned and orphaned children aged between 2 and 18.
As well as formal education the children learn practical skills such as baking, carpentry, needlework, vehicle repair, computer skills and animal husbandry. The village primarily operates on solar energy and bio-gas, produces its own wheat, maize and vegetables and has its own dairy farm.
Following a trial period when the children attended outside schools rather than being educated in the village, it became evident that a proper school was needed on site, which other children in the area could also attend. The Trust stepped in and funded three classrooms, a water tank and toilet block for the new school, which opened in July 2011. It now has over 80 children with more expected to enrol next term.
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