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In June of 2017, after a rigorous vetting process, Limitless Child International was accepted to the Global Giving family of upstanding, action-oriented, worthy non-profits. You will find these fundraising projects (both active and fully-funded) on their site. 

 

Peer Soccer

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Summary

This project uses soccer to empower 80 vulnerable girls living in the orphanages and slums of India. Most of these girls are surviving but they don't have the chance to thrive. Through soccer, they experience success, learn the value of team-work, increase their self-esteem and have a lot of fun! Most importantly, they create lasting connections with coaches/mentors during this year-long project. Through this project, these girls can move from surviving to thriving!

Challenge

Children living in orphanages, institutions and extreme poverty are ignored by their local communities, face gender and class discrimination and live isolated lives. They are very often deprived of play and nurturing connections with adults and mentors. The current body of research conducted on play deprivation for institutionalized or profoundly marginalized children points to negative outcomes in mental health, social connections, and physical development.

Solution

Sport and play activities can have a stabilizing impact on vulnerable kids through supporting and encouraging resilience. Resilience being the ability to adapt and thrive in difficult circumstances. This project supports resilience by giving vulnerable girls opportunities to develop social and problem solving skills, to learn to express emotions and gain self-confidence, to connect with role models, and to experience the challenge and exhilaration of playing a sport.

Long-Term Impact

Children in orphanages or in extreme poverty eventually transition into the community without the safety provided by a family or a nurturing relationship with an adult. They often become sex workers, child brides or domestic slaves. In the long term, this project creates new, invaluable and lasting connections to mentors, coaches, champions and friends which lead to healthy activities, positive paths, safe environments and a hopeful future.

STEM Education

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Summary

Marginalized children living in orphanages, institutions and extremely impoverished slums have access to live saving programs but little more. Children can only succeed if they can survive and thrive! We convert rickshaws into Mobile Play and Learning  Centers (aka Makers Spaces) to bring STEM learning to      extremely vulnerable children. Just as important, our mobile centers provide play, exploration and connections to local communities.

Challenge

Children living in orphanages, institutions and extreme poverty are ignored by their local communities, face gender and class discrimination and live isolated lives. They are too often deprived of play, learning and nurturing connections with adults and mentors. India has over 12,000 licensed orphanages which house approximately 600,000 children. Already educationally disadvantaged, these children are at high risk for school drop-out, trafficking, servitude and early marriage.

Solution

Through the Mobile Play and Learning platform, children engage in STEM activities which develops their critical thinking, problem solving and ability to collaborate. Age appropriate workshops will stimulate an interest in furthering their educational and future employment opportunities. Marginalized children will become connected with mentoring adults, develop confidence and create hope for their future.

Long-Term Impact

Children in orphanage care or living in extreme poverty eventually transition into the community. The project will provide 120 extremely vulnerable children with opportunities to pursue higher education and gainful employment which lifts them out of isolation and poverty. Without these skills and connections, children are at extreme risk for trafficking, forced marriage, unemployment and homelessness.