Project Mala Charitable Trust was formed in 1989 to combat child labor in the very impoverished carpet weaving belt in Uttar Pradesh, India. They now have six school locations providing three pre-schools, six primary schools, three middle schools and a secondary school, with over 1300 children in full time education. Their main source of funding is from people who sponsor individual children. Overheads are covered by separate fund raising events.
They work in a remote part of Uttar Pradesh in rural India, serving 80 very poor villages with no running water or electricity. The children receive a mid-day meal, are provided with school uniforms and have regular health checks. Project Mala has developed a strong teaching program and encourages the eagerness and ability of the students. Despite primarily coming from illiterate families they have achieved a truly excellent record in the Uttar Pradesh State examinations. Already several students have progressed to university education.