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Jun 11, 2019

Support for 34 Girls

Dear well-wishers,

Regards from Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch!

As the new academic year has just started, number of children have tighten up their shoes for being educated. Many of the children have enrolled in higher secondary school, and many of them have taken admission in different colleges. If we talk about the rural areas especially of Jhagadia (Bharuch, Gujarat) there are numbers of students who take admission/enroll after 8th standard may not continue their studies due to distance from their villages.

These year during the vacation period, GVT had surveyed 53 children from the rural areas of Jhagadia block, and have identified 34 children (Girls) who have wished to take admission but due to distance they may not attend school on regular basis or may drop out from the school. These 34 girls are from different villages and different standard from 9th to 12th. GVT have also intervene some of the girls who have not studied further, they shared that due to distance, lack of public transport and other financial reasons they just dropped out from schools.

It is common belief that girl children will not able to work after marriage, and there is no use of education for girls, so parents are also not motivate their girl children for higher education. GVT is also have observed that many parents do not wait for their girl children right age and get married in very younger age.

Every year GVT supports hundreds of girls through by simple bicycle for their higher education. This year we have identified 34 girl children who are in need of support from your side. Let us make their future bright by supporting them.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

- Confucius

Thanking you!

May 29, 2019

Generosity!

Dear well-wishers,

Regards from Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch!

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.”

- Frank A Clark

In this report Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) wants to share project update and how our girls are doing in their studies. This year GVT is supporting 38 girls for their studies, who are coming from rural poor background and from tribal community. Most of the girls’ parents are against further education of their girl child, and the second major reason is lack of interest and/or awareness about importance of education.

Among these 38 girls, 14 are doing their graduates in Science, Arts and Commerce. 12 girls will come in 12th standard in different streams (Arts, Commerce and Science). 6 girls are doing GNM Nursing in different years, 3 girls are doing Basic Compute and English speaking course (One Year), and 3 other girls will come in 11th standard this academic year.

The cost of supporting these 38 girls is approximately 4,00,000 INR for their educational aid only and around other 1 lakh for other cost such as travelling, other school/college materials. As GVT is supporting such tribal poor girls for their education, we have seen some changes in the society, especially in the tribal community. Parents are thinking about their children’s education. And also some parents have started supporting their girl children in sending their children to school regularly and take care of their children’s education.

The journey is not yet completed, GVT has seen many difficult situation and other barriers in making the girl children educated. But with the hope of educated society GVT is trying its best for the end result. As the journey is not completed, many more girls still not able to continue their studies GVT is planning to support more girls.

Your generous support will encourage us to support and educate more girl children. Help GVT with little amount of money to support the girls.

May 13, 2019

Tribal women speak up about

Door to Door Survey
Door to Door Survey

"Even today at times of emergency while working in the field or when cloth is not available we use leaves from local Sal Trees.” The women of Vasava tribe, Teliamba village of Sagbara block, Bharuch recently spoke to Gram Vikas Trust about their challenges around menstruation. The Sagbara block is surrounded by valleys, mountains and dence forest. These women still don’t have basic facilities. Even the 13 kms road stretch leading to the village is still Kaccha and uneven. A woman said, “Usually we use clothes for our menses.” On how long does a piece of cloth typically last she added, “On an average every woman has two pieces of clothes to use. We use it for months, sometimes for a year till the cloth tears off.” Gram Vikas Trust working closely with these communities for many years, told us, “These women buy clothes once a year. The astonishing fact is that many families still take credit from local Sahukars (money lenders) to buy clothes.. At this affordability rate these women are forced to use a single piece of cloth for a year.” These women know little before their menarche. They are also completely unaware of the risks of using anything and everything for menses. Their lack of knowledge and awareness about their personal health and hygiene only adds to the problem. Field Officer says about the local health system, “The local ANM comes once a week just for vaccination. Even she doesn’t have knowledge about menstrual health and hygiene. So there is no way of changing their knowledge and practices and hence they follow the primitive methods.” The absence of health facilities nearby; the nearest District health centre in Sagbara, is 35 kms away which can only be reached by a single bus plying on this route. An adolescent girl said at the meeting, “sometimes when I can’t find cloth, I skip school during menses.” Access even to a clean piece of cloth and the inability to afford cloth and /pads are major challenges women constantly face in far flung villages of India. For more than a decade now Gram Vikas Trust has been speaking to women in village India to highlight these aspects apart from reaching clean cloth to them in the shape of  Asani Pads and took awareness sessions in this area.

 
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