Kalanjiyam Trust

Our Vision "Kalanjiyam envisions an energized and empowered community, that can take part in its own development, is able to mobilize and organize itself and take actions to ensure quality education, improved health and overall well-being of all its members." The mission of Kalanjiyam is to bring about impact in a core set of areas: Ensuring that children have access education quality education Bringing health and well being resulting in a RICH community, Making sure that communities are aware / have knowledge and have correct information for making decisions and choices in their lives Facilitating and broadening the skills and capacity of communities Providing for ways to ...
Nov 12, 2014

Cleaning Drive for Children's Day

We planned and implemented a hygiene and sanitation campaign to culminate on Children's Day (November 14th) to provide prizes to the best maintained school / sanitation facilities. Over the last 12 days, Kalanjiyam team of para teachers, and hygiene and sanitation workers came together and went to all the 20 project schools to spread the message of hygiene and sanitation to children and teachers / school officials.  

A cleaning drive in each school involved the entire school campus, hygiene and sanitation facilities and trying to beautify the school environment overall.  The schools were already informed of the event ahead of time, so they were prepared to receive our team. Our teams started out with assessing the hygiene situation in the school and then started clearing the premises - picking up waste/ garbage, even picking weeds and clearing the garden areas to make the school environment more appealing.  Seeing the effort of our project the children and teachers joined the effort and participated in the cleaning drive.  The entire activity was done with much cooperation and enjoyment, so as to ensure a learning for the school - at the end of the drive in each school, the importance of good hygiene and ownership of the school - and children was emphasized to all.  The school teachers and children had definitely been motivated and energized to take more efforts to keep their school environment clean going forward. 

All the school toilets were assessed for cleanliness, availability of water, proof of regular maintenance and feedback from children and teachers.  An external person was brought to look at all the hygiene facilities and the best maintained school was awarded and the hygiene and sanitation worker was also provided a prize to keep them motivated to continue their good work. 

In light of the recent campaign initiated by Prime Minister Modi in India, the project takes pride that we have already been focusing on hygiene and sanitation - through working with our future generations- the children in our communities. In all our schools we have habituated our children to use the toilets and made the provisions for the necessary pre-requisites for facilitating this behavior.  Along with this we have been highlighting the importance of personal and environmental hygiene.  We are happy to say that our efforts suggest that change is possible through persistent efforts and involving local communities for increased ownership.   We thank GlobalGiving and all the donors who have supported this project, as you have helped to make this change possible, through your donations.  We hope to continue to take the message of hygiene and sanitation to more communities in our project areas with your support.

Nov 10, 2014

Scholarships and bicycles to motivate students

Students going to school using bi-cycle
Students going to school using bi-cycle

As part of the efforts to reduce drop outs, the project is supporting students through scholarships and providing bicycles.

In the last three months the project provided scholships to students studying in local village schools. The scholarship is helping to provide for the children's school bags, extra notebooks and other basic amenities that parents are unable to provide for thier children.  

Why bicycles: A majority of rural students walk 6 kms to reach a middle school and 8+ kms to reach a high school.  Children from our villages have told us  ‘walking to and back from school daily is very difficult; we feel very tired and hardly have any energy to study after coming back home’.  Parents tell us that their children would get sick walking in the heat and often missed school because of this. 

The project is helping to provide bicycles to students in middle school, as a long-term and sustainable solution to address the problem of distance to school, a main reason for drop-outs. The bicycle project is a tremendous success.  We see visible differences in school attendance and also a shift in attitudes among students and parents. Students tell us proudly ‘now I have a bicycle; I come to school independently riding the bicycle and am very happy about this’.  

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Aug 13, 2014

The Cleanest Government School Toilets

Kids loving the camera
Kids loving the camera

The following is a postcard from Neeharika Tummala, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in India, about her recent visit to Kalanjiyam Trust.

I never thought that I would do a site visit where I was supposed to visit toilets, but that is one of Kalanjiyam’s focus projects. Why? In many Indian government schools, the facilities are bare bones to non-existent, especially toilets which even if they exist are often not maintained. What Kalanjiyam identified is that girls tend to primarily drop out as there are no toilets and while boys can manage with nature, girls and their families are uncomfortable with that idea. Building toilets, which seems like such a small thing, provides basic necessities for encouraging girls to stay in school and study without stress. I am usually a little paranoid about walking into washrooms of public facilities, but I have to say, these were some of cleanest I have ever seen – all thanks to the lovely cleaning ladies appointed to the various schools. They cheerfully showed me around and I have to say, kudos to their great work in keeping the bathrooms clean – a step towards keeping kids in school.

Kalanjiyam is using its funds to strengthen one school after the other by providing such amenities. The second tier of strengthening schools is to add facilities such as computer labs, science labs and even kitchen gardens. As the funds roll in, more schools get access to such facilities and more kids benefits.

I visited several schools where I met students and staff. What I observed is that each class seemed to have a healthy number of students (between 18-30) and the absenteeism rate was quite low. One of the reasons is Kalanjiyam’s shadow staff, who offer after school supplementary tutoring, as well as get to  school first and manage classes, in case the regular teachers are late. This provides support to the school staff as well as provides students the extra support for quality learning that they clearly need.

I heard from staff that several villages were forced to send their children to private schools because the public schools were in such poor condition. Now parents have an alternative in public education that is significantly more cost effective but also compares in the quality of education. That is amazing impact on the ground!

One of the many brand new toilets I saw
One of the many brand new toilets I saw
Kids in Class
Kids in Class
Some of the older girls in middle school classes
Some of the older girls in middle school classes
Kids teaching me a little about windows
Kids teaching me a little about windows

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