About Bangalore ...
The Good Shepherd Sisters administer the Chalice Bangalore Sponsor Site with 8 rural, remote and urban locations over 2 states. The target groups include: Scheduled Caste and Tribal people, slum children and children of commercial sex workers. The goal is to ensure quality education for children of marginalized families as well as nutrition and health development support. Many activities are offered to improve the socio-economic status of families and communities including various skill development programs and income generation activities. The Sisters also help educate parents by providing relevant workshops and training opportunities. It is the goal of the site for parents to become responsible for the growth and development of their children.
Bangalore is the capital of the state of Karnataka. It is India's third most populous city and the fifth most populous urban agglomeration. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its role as the nation's leading IT exporter. Bangalore is located on a plateau and is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year. The city is among the top ten preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. Conversely, there are nearly 900 slums in Bangalore. 42% percent of slum families have migrated from different parts of India and 43% of families have lived in the slums for over 10 years. 60% of slum dwellers lack a safe source of drinking water.
Mission - Bangalore
The Good Shepherd Sisters are striving towards a society where children and families enjoy holistic development, which ensures their right to education, health, survival, and participation, while promoting social and moral responsibility. Through the Chalice Sponsorship Program, Sr. Regina and her staff are able to guide their charges into a future where they may participate as informed self-reliant citizens living dignified, responsible lives.
Sponsorship in Bangalore
Each school year, through Chalice sponsorship, students are supplied with new school uniforms, fully packed school bags and an umbrella. The uniforms are made at the site over the summer months. There are classes during the summer that are geared toward young women becoming conscious of their rights and duties to themselves, their family, society and the nation. Plus, there are summer camps to teach skills such as tailoring, gardening, handicrafts, and English as a Spoken Language. The Sisters also offer assistance to families in legal matters, crisis management, childhood behaviour, etc.