Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India

 
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$18,203
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Jun 25, 2014

A progess report ending June,2014# 1784

Photo  of Adult Literacy centre- Badli
Photo of Adult Literacy centre- Badli

DHANPATMAL VIRMANI EDUCATION TRUST & MANAGEMENT SOCIETY

Roop Nagar, Delhi-110007. Phone No. 011-23848903

E.mail: virmanitrust@gmail.com ,web-site: www.virmanitrust.com

 

Report for the period ending June,2014

 

ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMME under the title "Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India (Project No. 1784)”.

 

There are 287 million illiterate people in India as per report published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

 

The Virmani Trust has in the last 8 years taught 20,000 Adult Women to Read and write Hindi, Arithmetic and Vocational skills.

 

Our target this year is to have 300 centres and teach 10,000 Adult Women.

 

Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust uses Computer Based Functional Literacy, animated software, which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets for language and numerals for mathematical activities. To start a Centre, a lady from the community is selected and given training. Her Jhuggi/Home serves as a Class Room for the women beneficiaries of the area. Hence, the system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere.

 

 At present 268 Adult literacy centres in and around Delhi supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) and others are being successfully run by the Trust.

We have also introduced vocational training courses, like tailoring and beauty culture at our selected centres in Delhi and adjoining towns, so that the women can earn a little more for their families. This will help in raising their standard of living and gain self respect in the community. We are also supplying books, magazines, news papers and other stationery material to the beneficiaries.

It fills us with pride and joy to learn that illiterate women taught at our centres are now able to read the bus destination and bus numbers and are able to use a telephone, and read their children’s report card.

TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) and other donors are providing us old computers. The cost of running each centre is Rs. 5,000/- per month or Rs. 60,000/- per year. It costs only Rs. 1850/- to teach a totally illiterate person to read and write HINDI & Arithmetic.

This year we along with TATA Power have started an initiative called Self Help Group. A group of 15 to 20 women belonging to our Adult Literacy Centre, deposit money into bank account. The women of this group borrow from this account at a nominal interest as per their needs.

This scheme has been of immense benefit to the poor women living in the slums.

As on date 136 such Self Help Group bank accounts have been opened. Our target is to open 300 such accounts by the end of this year.

Our trust is registered under FCRA1976. The donations to the Trust are exempted under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act of India. For foreign currency Donation, our FCRA No. 231660415 with the Indian Overseas Bank, Roop Nagar, Delhi-110007 (Account No. is 18854).

The entire program is funded through receipt of Donations. It is through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to succeed in our endeavours to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

We wish to thank the following sponsors and supporters.

  1. Tata Consultancy services.
  2. Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. (TPDDL).
  3. Tryshoera India (P) Ltd.,Noida (Mr. Vijay Nayyar).
  4. Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi (Mr. K.S. Bakshi).
  5. Mrs. Anita Mehra & Mr. Santosh Mehra,New Delhi.(Mehra Investments, INC).
  6. A2Z Filtration Specialties Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon(Haryana) (Ms. Meenakshi Singh).
  7. Spack Automobiles Ltd. New Delhi (Mr. Subhash Chopra).
  8. Health Fitness Society, Gender Resource Centre, Kalkaji,New Delhi.
  9. Save the Children India, New Delhi.
  10. Laksh Foundation, Faridabad.
  11. SOCH (Mr. Umesh Khanna), New Delhi.

 

We organized the Annual function on 8th February, 2014 at Virmani Public School, Roop Nagar, Delhi.

Ms. Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch – Soda Village, Rajasthan was the Chief Guest. In her speech she appreciated the role of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. and Virmani Trust. She was very much delighted to see the activities of women and quoted many things for their benefits.

The other distinguished personalities participated were as under:

Mr. Naveen Chawla, Former Election Commissioner of India.

Mr. Praveer Sinha, C.E.O. & E.D. of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.

Mr.M.K. Vajpayee, Head-QAC and C.E.O. of O.P. Jindal Global University.

 

In the end, Mr. Anil Virmani, President of the Virmani Trust said that the Trust alone cannot do all these activities without your support. We are looking for contribution for all these efforts and would be grateful for your support to enable us to carry them forward. We express our gratitude to the donors for making a change in the society. Our goal is to eradicate illiteracy from India.                

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anil virmani

New Delhi, Delhi India

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