Lulu Carter (founder of House of Gaia) became the Queen Mother of the village of Torgorme, she is responsible to help in their social, health and educational development!
Our programs sponsor the preschool at Torgome, by providing it with art supplies. The beautiful village of Torgorme is located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River in Ghana, Africa.
ALAD (The African Literacy Art & Development Association) helps communities in rural Ghana, West Africa, become self-sustaining places in which to live by: Developing libraries, promoting literacy, and running preschool centers.
Developing small-scale businesses through micro-credit loans to generate cash income and employment to improve the community’s living standards.
Deepalaya works along with the economically and socially deprived, the physically and mentally challenged – starting with children – so that they become educated, skilled and aware. India hosts the highest rate of child labor in the world. Out of 100 children in India, 19 continue to be unschooled (“Status of children in India” by HAQ Centre for Child Rights) and of those who enroll, 53 drop out before completing 8th grade. The same study says that 46% from the scheduled tribes and 38% from the scheduled casts continue to be unschooled.
In the age group from 6 to 14, it is estimated that 1,500,000 children are unschooled in Delhi. Out of this group, nearly 500,000 are working children, of which 100,000 are street children. Socialists and Educationalists are of the opinion that the curriculum and teaching methods are not interesting enough to attract and retain such children in a formal learning process.
Thus, these children grow up as illiterate or semi-illiterate and irresponsible citizens. Despite the enormous investments and recurring expenses for the formal school system, children dropping out of the system are on the increase. Therefore it is an important need to reach out to those at risk, and to develop a curriculum and teaching methods in order to educate such children and to make learning a joyful experience for them.
Willoq community, towards a better life
Willoq is 19 km from Ollantaytambo (3,500 m.a.s.l.) This is a community of 200 families and a total of 1,500 inhabitants. The principal activity of the men is farming, and in the dry season they work as porters on the Inca Trail. The women help with daily activities and preserve their unique and ancient tradition of weaving fabric of the highest quality, which they sell to travellers visiting their community. Willoq is living culture.
Their daily income is very low and not enough to cover their basic needs: food, education and health. So we are inviting them to eradicate the huge socioeconomic differences affecting this sector of the population, which, with their cultural wealth can participate directly in the development of tourism.
How can we help them?