Mugulur Makkala Mane, located in Sarjapura, earlier was known as the Residential Rehabilitation Center for Girl Child Labourers. The Government of Karnataka had granted funds to Vidyanikethan to provide 30 female ex-child labourers with safe and stable housing, food, clothing and other necessities. The Government stopped funding the Centre in 2008 after which, Vidyanikethan used its own funds to keep the Centre going.
At present, children from very vulnerable families are referred to Mugular Makkala Mane, either through identification by the field workers of Vidyanikethan, or through referrals of stakeholders and nearby families. These are children whose families live in abject poverty without food, housing or work security of any kind. With its own funding and through the support of well-wishers, donors agencies and corproates, Vidyanikethan is meeting the primary and secondary needs of these children, who are mostly vulnerable girls. These needs pertain to their health, education, clothing, and life skills.
Highlights of activities during 2016-2017
- Manohar GM, Sr. Manager Marketing, Geberit Plumbing Technology India Private Limited supported in the construction and upgrading of toilets at the hostel. There was also an awareness programme on importance of hygiene for the children, students, teachers and the community in the area.
- Sanitation infrastructure upgraded at Mugulur Makkale Mane, Sarjapur (caption).
- Visit by Mitti School students to Sarjapur Hostel in July 25, 2017.
- Upgraded facilities have helped the resident children to live more comfortable and in hygienic conditions
- Provision of important basic amenities like shelter, food and clothing comes as a big relief to the these children as many of them are away from their families; more importantly, they live in an atmosphere of safety, and in peace, away from troubled family circumstances