Just a few days after the new year, we moved the Education Outreach Program into a separate Education Centre, as it had become impossible to effectively manage the Education, Health and Community Outreach Programs out of the same building. The new arrangement gave all three programs much more room to spread out, which had become absolutely necessary with almost 30 AIC employees and hundreds of children and families passing through the doors of our facilities every single day.
In February, our Residential Program welcomed its 12th child, 6-year-old Poonam. Shortly thereafter, we received word that our oldest Residential child, Aakash, had received a full scholarship to attend the Phillips Exeter Academy summer program in the US, thereby raising the possibility of our children earning international educational experiences, something few would have believed possible for children from backgrounds such as these.
In May 2010, we launched an Early Childhood Education component to the Education Outreach Program, effectively expanding the age range of students in the program, to include children beginning at age 3. With this expansion, the number of children in the Education Outreach Program now hovered around 200, a far cry from the initial group of 12 girls several years prior.