Project #4 | Promote Justice for the Oppressed in India
Our partnership with Justice Ventures International
Operation Agape was an initiative to promote justice in southeast Chennai, India, the fourth largest city in India, with a population of 8 million.
Our partnership with Justice Ventures and their initiative, Operation Agape, was meant to alleviate extreme poverty and hunger through micro-enterprise development and vocational training and to achieve universal primary education by ensuring children in Chennai the opportunity to complete a full course of primary education.
Through Operation Agape, ODW and JVI seeked to provide pro bono legal aid services for the poor and oppressed and organizations serving these communities.
Our collective impact
Local Church Partnerships
Meet Mrs. Suriya Anand
She lives with her husband in the Kallukottai Slums. Her husband works as a mason. She started attending the tailoring class in March 2011 at the Tailoring Center our partner JVI set up in partnership with Christian disciples Church in the Kallukottai slums. She trained there for six months before buying her own JVI Operation Agape Project sewing machine. Two months into stitching from her house she has been able to make 4000 Rupees. She spends about five hours a day stitching Chudidhaar, blouses, skirts, and school uniforms. She now feels this training has equipped her with a skill and she can use to help her husband. Her husband is happy and is supportive of her tailoring work. She says “I want to teach other women how to tailor clothes, and tell them not to sit at home but equip themselves, so that they can save up the money they would otherwise spend on a tailor”.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our Jobs & Skills Fund.