India, Education

India cooperation programme

Number: 224.1001

The cooperation programme groups together all Mission 21's projects in India and orients them towards a common objective. This enhances the impact of the individual projects. By donating to the cooperation programme, you will make it possible for your donation to go to those projects in India where money is most urgently needed. This avoids over- or under-financing.

Support is channelled through the organisation of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) in Stuttgart. This organisation is responsible for the projects, and Mission 21 participates in the funding.

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Background information 

The cooperation programme supports two projects: 

Protection and support for Indian girls (Nr. 224.1102)

Children – and especially girls – often have difficult lives in India. When a family's economic situation becomes difficult, the girls are the first to be taken out of school. They have to help in the household, work in the fields or hew rocks in the quarries in the quarries for a few rupees. Facilities operated by the Church of South India (CSI) make it possible for them to escape child labour and oppression.

This project supports growing numbers of girls' homes in India with the specific goal of enabling the girls to lead better lives. Regardless of whether they come from Christian, Hindu or Muslim families, the children all live together in the homes in an environment of mutual understanding and respect. The children experience the security of having a home here, and they are able to attend school. The main concern of the Indian children's homes is to enable the children in their care to have a good education so as to open up better prospects for their lives. Through their day-to-day relations and by taking on small tasks, they learn how to shoulder responsibility for a shared and peaceful coexistence.

Practical learning (224.1105)

India is a fragmented but vivacious country that is full of contrasts. The disparities between town and country, rich and poor are becoming ever greater. The subcontinent's cultural, social and religious diversity constitutes its wealth but also presents a huge challenge. At 2.4% of the population, Christians are a minority in a society that is largely dominated by Hinduism. Preparing Indian theological students optimally for their professional lives is one of the key concerns of the Karnataka Theological College (KTC).

Hannibal Cabral, Rector of the KTC, notes: 'Our major challenges are HIV and AIDS, the confrontation between the traditional and the modern, and religious intolerance.' Indian society is undergoing radical transformations. In its theological training, therefore, the KTC combines the classical theological subjects with socio-political and social topics in order to equip the students to deal with these changes. All the students regularly complete internships that help them to understand the lives, cares and joys of the members of their future congregations. Many students come from poor rural communities and are unable to finance their studies themselves. The KTC awards scholarships to these young people.