Home of Peace was founded in 1993 to help the education of children from squatter and deprived areas in and around Kuala Lumpur where girls are often required to stay at home and look after younger siblings. Many of the girls living at Home of Peace residential centre come from challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds, including children referred by the Ministry of Welfare who have been abandoned in hospitals.
Established 20 years ago, the FPPA charity aims to educate and support vulnerable street teenagers and help them avoid and recover from violence and human trafficking. Many are ex East Timorese refugee girls and the project works to increase economic independence alongside developing emotional resilience and other life skills.
‘Bal’ means child and ‘Jeevan’ means life. Thus Bal Jeevan translates as giving life to a child. Founded in 1994, Bal Jeevan are trying to make a small difference in the vast city of Mumbai. They recognise that the emotional well-being of a child is as important as the educational development and they now care for 110 impoverished street children in a municipal school.