The Hostel Children
Our children come from a variety of backgrounds, with extreme poverty being the one thing they all have in common.
Some children are orphans or were abandoned on the streets by parents who just couldn’t look after them anymore, and completely lost track of their families.
Some are children that have been given a chance to stay in education by being brought into the hostel. Otherwise their parents would have taken them out of school so that they could beg or try to find work, in the worst case for girls, sold into a very unsavoury existence. With education and a stable environment they stand a much better chance in life.
Some are children from homes were alcohol or violence, or the death of the father has left them without an adequate family structure or finances. By taking the child into the supportive environment of the hostel means they stand a must greater chance of reaching adulthood and making a useful contribution to society.
All the children are given back the chance of both having a childhood and catching up on what they’ve missed.
Pegasus has put a lot of effort into child welfare, and the Child Protection Policy is embedded in the organisation with all the staff having received appropriate training.
UNESCO – International Academy of Education
Education can reduce poverty in a number of ways. Firstly, more educated people are more likely to get jobs, are more productive, and earn more. Secondly, though international literature finds no simple causal relationship between educational attainment and the economic growth of a country, recent research shows that quality-adjusted education is important for economic growth. More and better education improves a poor country’s economic growth and thereby generates economic opportunities and incomes. Thirdly, education (particularly of girls) brings social benefits that improve the situation of the poor, such as lower fertility, improved health care of children, and greater participation of women in the labour market.