New Dawn India

This charity is supported by Ipswich Wolsey Rotary Club 

It is estimated that there are 30,000 children living rough on the streets or in the slums of the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, South India. They survive by rag picking, begging and scavenging in sewers which run right past their homes. The caste system keeps these families in poverty.
NewDawn India exists to provide support for the Vidiyal Project, run by Jim Jesudoss, his wife Dr. Sharmila and their dedicated team, which works towards the relief of poverty in the Madurai slums. ‘Vidiyal’ means a new dawn or new beginning, and new hope.


The Vidiyal Street Children Project
The largest part of the Vidiyal Project is the work with the street children. Over 300 children come daily to the Vidiyal drop-in centres, where they receive unconditional love, medical care and their emotional and material needs are met. While still living at home with their families in the slums, the children are placed in appropriate schools and colleges depending on their needs and aspirations. The drop-ins provide opportunities to complete homework and to learn new skills such as dance, drama and karate. There is a special emphasis on projects for children, healthcare, education and training.


Child Sponsorship
NewDawn India operates a sponsorship scheme and many of the children who live in the slum are sponsored, enabling them to receive a well-rounded education. The support and encouragement that the children receive through sponsorship is invaluable to them as they battle the caste system and work to achieve academic or vocational qualifications

 NewDawn India receives no government grants or other help in either the UK or India. Voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, schools and other groups fund the Trust’s work. The trust is a Christian based charity working with Christians in India for the benefit of children of all castes and faiths. It has no political affiliations and has minimal overheads as all work is undertaken by volunteers. 

 To find out more visit New Dawn India Website 

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