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Project Jaipur

The objective of the foundation is to give orphans in Jaipur a safe home within a natural and familial environment. Our little girls live together with our ‘Mamies’ in a private house located in a quiet residential neighbourhood like a normal family.

The main focus of attention is set on the recruitment of  the employees. Beside their appropriate education they need to bring along great love and sympathy for their protégés so they can grow up sheltered like with own parents.

An additional focus for Aashita is set on education and apprenticeship. This is  the key to an independent and better standard of life. This opportunity is particularly important for girls as they are the first to be left out when money is short.

Location

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan state. Known as the “Pink City“, Jaipur is situated in north-western India, 300 kilometers from Delhi. It was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India‘s first planned city. The famous emblem of the city is the palace Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Today, Jaipur has approximately 2.7 million inhabitants – males constitute 53% of the population and females 47 %; 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.

With approximately 1.200.000.000 inhabitants (2011), India is the second most populous country after China and the most populous of the world‘s democratic states. The country has 375 million children, more than any other country. The number of orphans in India already reached about 12.44 million in 2006, according to the CSA (Catalysts for Social Action). About 18 million Indian children live without basic healthcare, education, and nutrition. According to the statistics of the World Bank, 44 percent of India‘s inhabitants live on less than 1 US dollar per day.

UNICEF sees India‘s increasing orphan population as symptomatic of a global orphan crisis. The proportion of orphaned children is expected to double in the next five years and to remain exceptionally high through 2020 or 2030. The orphan crisis is also likely to have an impact on the country‘s economic and social fabric.

Another crucial problem is the fact that Indian women continue to be discriminated against. They are often called “paraya dhan“, the “richness of others“. The proportion of men to women is following a dangerous trend; there are 1000 men to 933 women (worldwide average: 1000 to 1050). This development is caused by abortions and the killing of female babies – mainly because of the high dowry.

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