Planet Hope Community Development
Planet Hope strives to be responsive to the long-term interests of the communities that we support. Our interventions in communities are based on a holistic approach by conducting need-based assessments, accessing resources and addressing community issues at grass root level. Currently, we make a world of difference in communities like:
From the start, Planet Hope always has had its presence in the Chellekere community in northern Bangalore. Here the Happy Home for girls is situated, as well as our day-care centre for young children in the areas around it. Our Connexion learning centre is located in the vicinity too. Most of the residents of this suburban community have difficult livelihoods and are engaged in the unorganized sector with blue collar and low-income jobs. Besides the day care for children of poor families, Planet Hope’s activities include vocational training and empowerment, (health) awareness and income generating programs for women in this community.
Perched away from the public eye, living in their poorly constructed makeshift tarpaulin homes at the outskirts of Bangalore, the 300 Belahalli community members are migrants from the northern parts of India. The people make a living out of selling drums (tablawala) that are handmade in the community and sold on the streets of Bangalore. Planet Hope supports the poor community with our food distribution program, as well as by providing 200 children with alternative education, day care and sports and music activities.
Graveyard Dwellers, Bangalore
In Bangalore, a community lives and works at graveyards for generations. The men make their living out of digging graves and burying and cremating the deceased. Their profession is highly stigmatized and is considered a menial task by society. The graveyard dwellers are one of the most deprived communities with incredibly hazardous (especially in Covid times) and uncertain livelihoods. Their children do not go to school and end up doing the same profession as their fathers, with no hope for a better life. The community developers of Planet Hope engage with the children and provide them day care facilities. The interventions are also focused on empowering the women and involving them in income generating opportunities.
The village of Karaikal is located in the coastal area of Pondicherry that was devastated by the tsunami in 2004. The livelihood of the people in this community was completely destroyed and since then they rebuild their lives. Planet Hope support this community. A base line survey was conducted by the team to ascertain community strengths and needs. In order to stimulate the development of the families, we initiate self-help groups and skill development & income generating projects for women. We work together with the Little Angels Junior primary school, provide th montessori sylabus, training of the teachers and education materials.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Planet Hope Asia cooperates with our partner-NGO Hayden Hall in Darjeeling (north India). Here, we introduce local communities to our vocational training programs, so children and women can develop their skills and become empowered individuals.