Das Projekt





The certified non-profit society Learn for Life, Germany, and its Austrian counterpart (regularly awarded the Austrian Seal of Approval) support the Parivartan Trust in India, who runs the Badi Asha (Big Hope) school and women empowerment project in Varanasi. At the moment, 120 children come to the Kindergarden and school, learn to read and write in Hindi and English, Maths, and acquire basic skills in health care (basic hygiene, nutrition, Biology...), Geography and History.
In the afternoon, we offer them classes in dancing, sewing, Urdu and/or computer skills, they can use the library, let off steam in the park and/or get help with their homework. In order to "buy" them the time to come to school, we provide them with a small breakfast and a nutritious lunch, which is prepared by women of the women empowerment project - very often mothers of the school children who get a fair wage for their work. We use mostly local and organically grown ingredients and make this (as well as the solar plant on the roof top) an example for dealing with our planet in a sustainable way.
In a city and a country, where caste and religious affiliation still are too often the starting points of violent pogroms (mostly against the Muslim minority), we are happy and proud to be able to provide teachers and children from all castes and religions (in our school Hindus and Muslims) a place for joint learning and working. Everybody employed by the project (teachers, administrators, cooks, cleaners...) come from the region of Varanasi, are insured socially and in case of illness, and have the opportunity to have their further education financed by the trust.

Contact

Projektleitung in Varanasi:
Michael Schmid
micha@learn-for-life.net

School Supervisor / Volunteering:
Nicole Seregni
volunteers@learn-for-life.net

NOTE FOR VOLUNTEERS: Unfortunately, we are only able to accept volunteers who are willing to stay at least 2 months.
For professionals who want to come for a special project, it is also possible to volunteer for a shorter period of time.



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Background / über Varanasi



VARANASI

Varanasi ist eine Großstadt im Nordosten Indiens. Offiziell liegt die Einwohnerzahl bei 1,3 Millionen. Vermutlich leben aber rund zweieinhalb Millionen Menschen in der Metropole. Damit ist Varanasi die drittgrößte Stadt im indischen Bundesstaat Uttar Pradesh.
Für die Hindus ist Varanasi der wichtigste Wallfahrtsort. Es wird gesagt, dass Shiva, der mächtige Gott der Schöpfung und Zerstörung, Varanasi zu seiner Wohnstatt auserkoren hat. Außerdem liegt die Stadt am Ganges, der als Göttin Ganga verehrt wird. Nach der Sage hat das heilige Wasser die Kraft, Sünden abzuwaschen und die Seele zu läutern. Besonders in den Morgenstunden kommen deshalb Zehntausende jeden Tag zum Fluss, um zu baden und die Göttin zu verehren. Am Steilufer der Stadt liegen über achtzig Badeplätze (Ghats), an denen lange Treppen wie Wurzeln hinab zum Fluss führen.

Varanasi is a large city in the northeast of India. Officially, the population is at 1.3 millions. But there are presumably around 2.5 million people living in this metropolis. This makes Varanasi the third largest city in the Indian federal state of Uttar Pradesh.
For Hindus, Varanasi is the most important place of pilgrimage. It is said that Shiva the mighty god of creation and destruction has chosen Varanasi as his residence. Moreover, the city is located at the river Ganges worshipped as the goddess Ganga. According to legend, the holy water possesses the force to wash away sins and to purify the soul. Therefore, tens of thousands come every day, especially in the early hours of the morning, to bathe in the river and worship the goddess. On the city's steep bank there are more than 80 bathing places (Ghats) with long stairs leading like roots down to the river.


LIVING CONDITIONS
LEBENSVERHÄLTNISSE


Die Menschen leben hier eng zusammen und teilen sich den Platz mit Kühen und Ziegen. Oft bewohnen Dutzende Familien mit hunderten Mitgliedern ein einziges Haus. Manche hausen in den Ruinen eingestürzter Gebäude oder in überdachten Winkeln direkt an der Straße. Wenn die Menschen Arbeit haben, verdienen sie ungefähr 17 – 40 € monatlich.
Kinder armer Familien müssen als Tee- oder Blumenverkäufer arbeiten, um die Familie mitzuernähren. Oftmals fehlen Zeit und Geld für eine Ausbildung, und sei es nur die grundlegende Schulbildung.
Deshalb wurde Learn for Life ins Leben gerufen – um eine Schulbildung für die Ärmsten zu garantieren.

The people here live cramped together and share their little space with cows and goats. There's often dozens of families with more than hundred members living in a single house. Some dwell in the ruins of collapsed buildings or in canopied corners directly on the street. If people have jobs, their monthly income is around 17 – 40 €.
Children of poor families have to sell tea or flowers to help feeding the family. More often than not they lack time and money for an education, even for the most fundamental basic knowledge.
This is why Learn for Life was founded – to give education to the poorest.