LONG ISLAND, New York — Children’s Hope India, which helps underprivileged children progress from poverty to prosperity giving them a chance for a brighter future, recently provided support to two after-school programs for underprivileged children in the New York area: an after-school program at the Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center in Hempstead, and an after-school STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program in the South Bronx, run by BronxWorks.
Both programs were initiated at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, with ongoing and increasing enrollment being seen at the beginning of this calendar year, stated a press release.
The Woman’s Opportunity Rehabilitation Center is a community correction program which offers an alternative to incarceration for female offenders in and around Nassau County, New York.
With funding from Children’s Hope India, WORC has implemented a comprehensive after-school tutorial program for approximately 50 children whose mothers have had contact with the criminal justice system. Through this intervention, the program, which runs four afternoons per week, seeks to not only increase students’ achievement by providing homework assistance, utilizing the most recent technology, it also aims to improve their self-esteem and increase their desire to become engaged in daily classroom activities.
Teens from Children’s Hope India’s ‘CH3’ volunteer group also donated backpacks and school supplies to the children in the program.
In the South Bronx, Children’s Hope India has provided BronxWorks with a generous grant to launch STEAM-related lessons at two of its after-school programs. The new curriculum enriches the lives of over 80 children at the BronxWorks Third Avenue and Bronxchester Houses after-school locations with lessons in science, technology, engineering, art and math, added the press release. Elementary and middle school students enjoy hands-on activities, such as robotics, learn from a rigorous curriculum, and create projects for a Science Fair at the end of the year. A nutritional component is also included in the support provided by the organization.
Children’s Hope India, which was founded by a small group of woman professionals more than two decades ago, now has over 22 projects across several cities in India and the New York Metropolitan area, and has impacted over 250,000 children by looking after their health, education and vocational training.
Since 2015, the organization has allocated over $1.5 million to programs in several cities in India and additional ones in the New York metro area.