At the end of 2010 SONIA started supporting a new initiative with the same partner: the construction of an educational and training centre of a community of Manual Scavengers (cleaners of pit latrines) in Fatehpur District (Uttar Pradesh). The Manual Scavengers are amongst the lowest ranking and the most discriminated against of the Dalits (untouchables). The centre offers primary education, scholarships for girls, skills training and computer courses.
For information on the work by SDF with manual scavengers visit: http://gazipursdf.blogspot.com/
Throughout 2011 and 2012 SONIA has continued to support this initiative of the Social Development Foundation by supporting the rental of the facilities and the equipment of the centre (computers, printers, sewing machines and its running costs ), besides of accommodating 100 students.