DTE is headquatered in the vibrant Cuffe Parade community. It is an expansive labyrinth of tiny houses stacked on top of one another, accommodating huge families that share common housing and bathing facilities. The majority of our students’ parent’s are fisherfolk, domestic helpers or daily wage labourers.


These dwellings face a severe shortage of water, poor waste management system, irregular supply of electricity and unsanitary living conditions.
Members of our community are trapped in the vicious cycle of generational poverty and have to grapple with the physical, mental and emotional challenges that stem from their economic set up, such as domestic abuse, substance abuse and petty crimes.


Our students are a beacon of hope for their families, and the extended community. They find peace in the DTE centre.