The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP, 2008) defines “Children in especially difficult circumstances are those children who are for shorter or longer periods in their lives, exposed to intense multiple risks to their physical and mental health. A common characteristic of these children is that they lack proper adult care and protection and that they lead their lives outside mainstream society”.
Enlight was initiated in the year 2015. It is a collaborative effort of Aide et Action and Capgemini aiming towards a better future for 2000 girl children living in difficult circumstances through 'Education'. Operational in nine cities, Enlight engages with a specific group of girls in each city, Bengaluru – Muslim Girls, Chennai – Girls from Adi Dravida Community (Dalit), Delhi – Girls from migrant families, Hyderabad – Girls with disabilities, Kolkata – Girl child of women sex workers, Mumbai – Girls from families engaged in waste picking, Pune – Girls from De-notified Communities (The Waghri and Sikligars), Salem - Girls infected/affected by HIV and AIDS and Trichy – Girls from community engaged in Manual Scavenging.
The project Enlight 2.0 is extended till 2026 and plans to expand its reach to Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Gurugram and Noida cities.
- To break gender bias and other barriers faced by girl child
- Promote access and inclusion in Quality Education
- Facilitate uninterrupted education of girls to seek a better life
- Developing 21st Century Skills, ICT Skills and Safety & Self Protection skills to build resilience in girl children
WHAT ‘ENLIGHT’ DOES?
Enlight promotes collaborative actions amongst the girl children, Parents, Community Leaders, Teachers, relevant Government departments and the Employees of capgemini to strengthen, maximise and sustain the overall impact.
Key Focus Areas
The project is reaching out to more than 2,000 girl children living in difficult circumstances.
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The project ‘ENLIGHT’ is being implemented in 9 cities (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Salem & Trichy) in India. In Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai, the project is implemented through NGO partners and in Bengaluru, Chennai, Salem and Trichy AEA directly implements Enlight.
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