Having now visited Ladli Vocational Training Centre twice over the space of the last year, I am blown away by the work that the team at i-india are doing with these children. Ladli offers abused, abandoned and orphaned children a safe haven, providing them with vocational training to make jewellery and craft items, education, basic health care, computer lessons, a full cooked meal each day and a fair-trade wage for their work. These children would otherwise be on the streets, rag picking, labouring, begging or in prostitution.
During both of my visits over the space of 1 year, I have found Ladli to be a very special place that truly looks after these children. The children are well mannered and contented with their studies. Between classes they convene in the central courtyard to play with their friends as well as eat their lunch.
Please be mindful that local tour guides, taxi and auto drivers will often deter you from visiting Ladli, as Ladli refuse to pay them commission for bringing tourists to their door and as such tour guides prefer to guide their tourists to more profitable locations…
Jaipur truly is a beautiful city, with its rich offering of forts, palaces, and posh hotels! Please take a couple of your precious hours to gain some perspective! Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody!?