ChildFund to give Rs.200 crore for south India youth

August 4th, 2011 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Aug 4 (IANS) ChildFund India would contribute Rs.200 crore for the skill development of youth in south India over the next five years, the international child development organisation said Thursday.

“The fund will focus on building skilled youth, imparting quality education to children and connecting targeted high risk HIV/AIDS groups with health services,” ChildFund national director Dola Mohapatra said in a statement here.

Representing the voice of the deprived, marginalised and excluded children, the organisation works in 15 states across the country with local communities, other NGOS, gender resource centres and thousands of volunteers.

“The funds will be spent in the marginalised and vulnerable communities in the four southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, especially where incidence of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) are high for the education of children and skill development of youth,” Mohapatra noted.

Recognising the potential of the deprived children/youth and identifying them as resources to be harnessed, the organisation hopes to bring about a change in their lives through its contribution.

“Our interventions in India over the last six decades have helped us to implement need-based programmes. With this contribution, we aim to provide equal opportunity for the underprivileged children and youth,” Mohapatra added.

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