The Indian chapter of LP4Y was born in Pahar Ganj, one of the historical districts of the capital welcoming an abundant flow of tourists but also many children and young adults living on the streets, near the Old Delhi station or in the surrounding slums. The center opened its doors in 2015 and quickly experienced great success, prompting LP4Y to quickly strengthen its local presence and institutionalize its legal structure.
The meeting, at the beginning of 2016, of Jean-Marc Delaporte and two Indian brothers Arup and Swarup Ghosh, founders of the NGO Tomorrow's Foundation highlighted many synergies at the origin of a lasting collaboration for professional inclusion and social development of young adults in India. It was therefore in Kolkata, the cradle of the Bengali brothers, that LP4Y opened its second center, first targeting the district of Chetla, later relocated to Hosseinpour and then Howrah. The exclusion zones being considerable on the Indian subcontinent, LP4Y established a center in 2016 in Sangam Vihar, an area known for being the largest agglomeration of unauthorized settlements in Delhi. The other major cities quickly followed with the opening of a center in the Muslim district of Malwani, in Mumbai (2017), then in that of DJ Halli, in Bangalore (2018) and that of Kannagi Nagar in Chennai (2019) . At the same time, LP4Y has also developed its inclusion projects in rural Indian areas with the establishment of Green Village Chhattisgarh (2018) and, more recently, the opening of Green Village West Bengal (2021).
“Consolidation of the pedagogy, multiplication of actions with our partners, relaunch of events around the professional inclusion of the Youth, the year 2021 have been rich on many levels despite the still fluctuating sanitary context. The emphasis was placed on mobilising the local ecosystem and the professional integration of the Youth, boosted in particular by the launch of the Stars Digital project and the recruitment of Indian Coaches. The challenges for 2022 are clear: we must consolidate how we accompany the Youth on both qualitative and quantitative ways, increase our impact on the communities by stabilising the MEIs and further develop the global ecosystem in order to create more bridges to the professional world and increase our sources of local fundings.”