Learn About ABC’s Edelweiss School in India
In December 2010 we opened Edelweiss, a pre-school for now 104 three to five year old children that live in the G.D. Mara Slum in Bangalore, India. This was our first project in India, providing high quality English education, meals and medical to impoverished children 6 days a week.
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Our partners and educational program
The school was built with Building Blocks India, our local partner in bringing quality education to children in need, right next to the slums in which they live. Operating costs for the school have been generously funded by Alternatives 4 Children, providing a free educational program where children are taught reading, arithmetic, writing, social sciences, value education and development of their motor skills. The curriculum is designed to prepare children to gain admission to English Medium Schools, one of the few opportunities they will have for further education in India. The children are taken on excursions so they can experience restaurants, zoo, shopping centers and parks for the first time.
What is the value that ABC School Projects Provide?
The AlphaBet Club projects bring value to children, their families and the local community. Away from the rough, harsh environment of the slum, we bring the kids into a nurturing school environment that offers the opportunity to enjoy their childhood. Families benefit from learned skills, cleanliness and gifts. Mothers have more time to earn a living and communities are strengthened by stronger relationships built through the school. We believe these school projects are the first step in helping these children to break the cycle of poverty.
School expansion funded
In August 2011 we completed an expansion project which increased the total number of students to 80 and added a playground to the roof of the building.