It is 22 years since ACCESS (Association for Community Care, Education and Social Services) has opened doors and let the future come in for hundreds of children from disadvantaged families of Bangalore, South India. The children, who live in and around Chellikere, many of whom work in the quarries of Hennur Bande, Hosur Bande, Byrathi Bande and Marenahalli, have ACCESS for education, health, and social growth, thus making their world a better place to live in. That’s why the ACCESS-access to love, kindness, and improved living. ACCESS is not just a project to send children to school. It is a project where we build relationship, mentor the children, and help them to shape their lives, so that they can confidently go out into the world.
In the Beginning ACCESS was initiated by Thomas Swaroop and his friends to make the quarry workers of Marenahalli Bande in North-East Bangalore, aware of the importance of sending their children to school. Says Thomas, “I was fortunate to have bee helped to study resulting in service opportunities. Therefore I feel confident that children if educated can stand on their own feet”.
Work began in rented premises at Chellekere Village which became home for vulnerable children, a school for the boys and girls, a medical clinic, and a community centre for everyone. As the numbers grew, there was a need for more programmes and space. A non-residential centre was set up at Lingarajpuram, Two kilometres away from Chellekere in North-East Bangalore. Another centre started in Srirampuram for helping children from that area
Today ACCESS dream of having its very own centre has come true. A three floor facility has been completed on 3676 sq feet of land, at Chellekere. With goodwill and generosity of donors, this third floor which will house the homeless children temporary, women-in-crisis, a Computer Lab, a Library and space for community social activities.