Child Support Programme


Education is the key to getting out of the poverty trap. The Nandri child support programme enables Dalit families to provide education for their children. 

The programme supports the child in education, so that they may have a career and break the bonds of discrimination. Education requires a weeks wages each month for a family to keep a child in school. This is why support is so vital to continuing education.

We work mainly with Dalit people but it is important to note that any child from any caste or religion is eligible to receive sponsorship through Nandri.

Our support is operated in quite a unique way. A bank account is opened in the name of each child and the account is operated by the mother of the child.


Since 1996 we have supported over 5,000 children.

Many children went on to graduate with third level qualifications.

48 graduated in 2014.

65 graduated in 2015.

120 graduated in 2016.

100 graduated in 2017.

Currently, 650 children are in the child support prgramme.




  • We provide financial support to families for education costs and encourage them to keep children in education up to and into third level.
  • A family initially receives Rs. 450 (approx. €6.00) per supported child per month. Support lasts for five years, by which time the mother will have received a loan to buy a cow, which will be generating Rs.3000 per month.
  • Widows receive Rs. 600 (approx. €7.60) per sponsored child per month. This support continues until the child has completed third level education and during that time the mother will receive a loan to send a child to education or to buy a cow. All new children added to our child support programme will be children of widows or single parents as there is very little support in India for these families This is the equivalent to a week’s wages for the mother. It is hugely significant for the family.
  • Our support programme is unique as we open a bank account for each supported child. The support money is lodged into this bank account every 6 months and is used for education costs.
  • The bank account gives Dalit women credibility and status as they would typically not be allowed inside the bank.
  • After completing second level education, children qualify for participation in the third level education loans programme.
  • To qualify for the child support programme a mother must participate in the mothers self-help groups programme. Within two years she will qualify for a micro-finance income generation loan typically to buy a cow, which will enable continuing support for education.
  • Once a child has completed second level they qualify for a third level loan.  We introduced this programme in 2013 and it has resulted in twice the number of students going to college.




  • Nandri field workers visit the families to ensure they are in need of support and administer the overall selection process.
  • It is based mainly on the family income and conditions. Most mothers and fathers work as daily labourers in the fields and their income is very uncertain.
  • The programme is available to one child per family, to both girls and boys, of any caste or creed.
  • Records of the supported child’s educational progress are recorded by Nandri as evidence of the child’s continuing school attendance.





The Nandri Newsletter provides up to date information on our education support programmes  and shows how your continuing support changes the lives of children.

Our supporters can receive the Newsletter by email or if preferred via our website blog.





Would you like to support a child and see that child grow into a sophisticated, educated adult? We have 1,000 children waiting to be supported. You could change their lives forever.