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Educate & empower 3,600 kids in Jharkhand, India



In a region of largely tribal & uneducated population, this project aims to enable and support communities to educate all children thus achieving 100% enrollment & retention of kids for 10 years in school. India Literacy Project (ILP) partnering with ChetnaVikas, an effective local NGO is working in 20 villages (Dumka district) allowing families to dream a better life via education/rights awareness, to show them that education is the best investment for their future & to live beyond serfdom.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Problem: 34% literacy rate forces villagers' urban migration, child labor & disrupt schooling Demography: Saraiyahat block, Dumka district is very remote and backward (67% are tribal, 14% belong to scheduled caste) India as a country continues to grapple with the curse of casteism which puts these villagers' families at an inextricable disadvantage Topography: poor monsoon and top soil allows little income from agriculture Infrastructure:Schools are few, teachers are poorly trained/monitored

How will this project solve this problem?

Pre-schools: teachers recruited, trained and new pre-schools created Schools: Re-enroll children through campaigns, assess learning levels, provide learning material and train school committee members Community awareness: Mothers committees and self help groups set up to promote a support group within villages and create more awareness amongst the mothers about educational benefits Support: Better nutritional programs, health & rights awareness camps in the villages to help educate families

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will help create a sustainable environment to: Enable community and local bodies to own up the responsibility to educate all children irrespective of castes, creed or religion Enable parents to find ways and methods to monitor the schools for better services and quality education Enable children to have gained functional literacy and ideas on gaining self employment or private/public sector jobs Through 3600 children (20 villages) the project will ripple across 260 more villages

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $7,464
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,343
Total Funding Goal: $10,807


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Project Leader

Padmaja Sathyamoorthy

Milpitas, CA United States

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