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Project Nutri Meal

The Nutri Meal Project was started to ensure that the children had at least one nutritious meal per day. Having realized that most of these children come from households that barely have an income and are no alien to hunger and malnutrition, we at Rakshak provide the children with the best that we can give. Every day after their classes the children are provided with dinner. The menu is carefully planned out, the ingredients freshly bought, prepared with care and are served to the children. The children are given chicken twice a week and egg twice a week and vegetables the other two days.

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Project Dream Factory

“You have to dream before your dreams can come true”
- Abdul Kalam

Dream Factory is a center that provides the children with educational assistance. Most of these children attend Government schools and therefore are not given any type of extra care or assistance. A vast majority of the children are first generation learners and their parents don’t have the educational knowledge or the time to guide these children and hence due to the lack of motivation and encouragement, the children drop out of school. Dream Factory was started with the hope of inspiring them to aspire more for themselves. The project was named so, with the hope of encouraging the children to dream big dreams for themselves as well as to support the children in turning their dreams into reality.

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Project Little More Love

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved”
-Mother Teresa

Most of these children come from broken families, single parent headed families and abusive circumstances. Under the Project Little More Love, we aim to build the children from the inside out. We therefore give importance to the child’s issues. No matter how small a problem might be, as long as it bothers our children, we make it our business to find a solution to ease their pain. We offer counselling when needed, but beyond that we choose to be their friends and mentors when they require it. We celebrate various days and we organize competitions for them to exhibit their talents. Awareness camps, movie nights and distribution of stationery and clothes every year make Rakshak a haven of laughter, hope and love. We believe that every child must know what it feels like to be loved, accepted and important. For after all, as Mother Teresa says, the lack of love is the most terrible poverty any child can face. At Rakshak, we strive to ensure that lovelessness would not be something our children have to fight against.

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Our Approach

At Rakshak we work on the basis of the Need Based Approach. When we identify a need in the community, we reach out and mobilize resources, skills and people to help us in our mission. We believe that the needs of the little ones in the community must not in any way be neglected or undermined. If we help the younger generation gain a foothold in the society, we believe that it could create a huge impact.
Identify the Issue

The first step is to identify the issue or the need. At Rakshak we don’t just decide what is best for the children or determine what their needs are, but we interact and find out their needs and then set about the task of addressing it.

Mobilize the Community

After the issue has been identified, we mobilize the community. We mobilize volunteers and funds that could aid in solving the issue.

Involve the Corporate World

We involve the corporate part of the society so that the needed resources can be mobilized and
also because we believe that social change can be brought about only when it is a combined
effort of the NGO, corporates and the community.

Partner with other NGO’s

We’ve come to realize over the years that “Two is better than one”, especially when it comes to working for a social cause. Therefore, we also partner with other NGO’s so we could discuss and deliberate as well as come up solutions and ideas that would cater best to the problem at hand.