Our work in Guwahati, Assam is focused in the heart of one of the city’s largest slum settlements, the Narangi housing colony. Spanning across a four-mile stretch near the Narangi railway station, the colony is home to about 1,000 families who do not have access to basic amenities such as sanitation, drinking water and electricity.

Children have little access to education and many of them end up on the streets – begging, picking rags or scavenging for a living. The closest school is nearly two miles away across the Narangi railway tracks, making it dangerous for the children, especially the younger ones, walk to school unaccompanied. While the fees are nominal in the schools nearby, children often drop out soon after joining because there is not enough motivation to keep them in school. These circumstances inspired us to start a non-formal education center here in 2007. We also have a vocational training program for women.

Education Center, Narangi

SUPPORTED BY: Multiple partners

The Education Center is located in the heart of Narangi housing colony, one of Guwahati city’s largest slum settlements. Since we started the center in December 2007, we have helped keep over 600 children off the streets and in school. The Center, initially supported by our partner ITC Limited, is housed in a five-room single-storied structure within walking distance of the homes of the people we work with in Narangi.

We provide free non-formal schooling from Nursery to 3rd grade. The Center follows the Assam State Board syllabus so that the children are eligible for regular schools after passing out from here. We also help children in government schools from grades 1st to 5th through our after-school tuition program.

We motivate our students to stay in school by keeping them engaged in a variety of activities and by reaching out to their families regularly. Children learn to read and write. They also learn about health, hygiene and good habits. They play sports such as badminton, kabaddi, skipping and football, and they draw, paint, sing and dance and learn paper crafts.

We also have a vocational skill training program to help women earn a living and supplement their family income. Most of the women living in Narangi colony are uneducated – they work as daily wage laborers or run small roadside tea shops or vegetable stalls. They come to our Center to learn tailoring, crochet, bag-making and jute work. We have trained over 700 women till date.