Chennai08 Dec, 2022

The ENLIGHT project 2.0 has expanded to the city of Coimbatore in the State of Tamil Nadu. This new location is in addition to the existing nine cities in India. The project aims to ensure quality education to girl children of most marginalized sections, particularly manual scavengers.

A formal launch took place on 10th August 2022 where Mr. Rajan Vice-Principal, DIET, Coimbatore, Mr. Mathiazhgan, District Child Protection Officer, District Child Protection Unit, Coimbatore, Dr. Priya Mohan, Department of Social Work,Amrita University, Coimbatore, Ms. S. Kavitha Pappi, CDPO, ICDS , Coimbatore, Mr. Balakumar Thangavelu, Associate Director, India Lead - ESG Outreach, Cognizant, Prof. Mr. S. Sam Lovely Son, Head of the Department, Social Work, Bishop Appasamy Arts and Science College along with Mr Suresh Gutta, Regional Manager (Hyderabad & Chennai operations, Aide et Action) participated and inaugurated the program.

A key aspect of this project will be the opening of Child Support Centers in Keeranatham, Masal layout, and Amman Kulam in the Coimbatore district to ensure quality learning and enable children to achieve higher educational levels.

“We usually leave for work by 4:30 am and return back to homes only in the evening. In our absence, there is no protection for the girl children and no one to monitor their education. The CSC will ensure the safety of our children and at the same time help them in their academics. I am sure our children are going to get benefitted from the project,” expressed Saraswathi, a mother of 2 girl children who works as a manual scavenger.

The project is jointed implemented by Capgemini and Aide et Action.