Direct action – The Ernie James Academy
As part of Accloud’s commitment to improve lives in the communities in which it operates, it has set up an initiative providing direct assistance to schoolgirls from deprived families across India through a school scholarship programme: the Ernie James Academy.
Key to this programme is not just providing the opportunity for education but also compensating families for any loss of income as a result of the child not working, as is common in much of rural India.
The longer-term objective is to provide these girls with the skills to start their own businesses, thereby supporting long-term local economic growth, job creation and gender equality.
The Academy has been named for our Founder’s grandfather, Ernie James. Ernie gave a lifetime of service to education, starting at the age of 14. He was a passionate teacher, helping children in both urban and rural Australia throughout his lifetime. He was committed to giving all children an equal opportunity in life and went where he was needed most. The Ernie James Academy is our way of continuing his dedicated work.
Modern Day Slavery
There are an estimated 8 million people living in modern slavery in India. Many of these are women and children from rural areas. They are drawn to large cities in search of meaningful employment only to find themselves trapped in unpaid labour or held in debt bondage.
It is imperative that more be done to provide education and employment opportunities to those most at risk. That is why we are committed to delivering educational schemes for underserved communities and giving them the tools to empower themselves.