Started in 2011, the evening school program support one school with 41 Dalit children (aged 6 to 12) at Vinjamur, a small village in Nellore district  in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The demographics of the village include mostly indigenous tribal people who are uneducated agricultural laborers, fisherman and contract based workers. They live below the poverty line defined by the Government of India, which means that their income does not exceed US $530 per annum (or $1.45 per day). Even today very few tribal people see the light of education due to abject poverty and constant struggle for survival.

The local government middle schools provide security and safety for their children till around 3:00 p.m., beyond that there was no child care system to look after these kids.

As there is no safe place for them to stay after school till their parents are back from work in the evening, most parents feel comfortable dragging the children along with them to their workplace. So the younger generation mostly following the footsteps of their parents ends up doing the menial jobs instead of going to school and getting an education.

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Desire India and AiducateNow have stepped in to fill the gap and make sure these children stay in school. DI and AiducateNow have collaborated to open Charles Girijan Centre, a night school where local tribal children can go after school hours to get supplemental education, help with homework, and nutritious local food.

Cultural programs and educational trips are regularly arranged to help the children develop their social skills and boost self- confidence. Inspired by their children successes, even some of the parents are joining the children to learn to read and write.

With the help of  Desire India and Aiducatenow school dropout rates have reduced significantly in the local Dalit community.

AiducateNow plans to reach out to more children of the tribal community in AP and help the young generation to achieve the light of high school and college education, thus improving the standards of the tribal community through self-sustainability.