K.C Mahindra Education Trust - Project Nanhi Kali

Project Nanhi Kali was initiated in 1996 by the K.C Mahindra Education Trust (KCMET) with an aim to provide primary education to underprivileged girl children in India. Over the years, it has successfully evolved into a national girl child sponsorship programme, which has an objective of providing 10 years of quality education to girls from economically disadvantaged families. Since 2005, the project is jointly managed by K C Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation.
May 10, 2016

The Story of Ganeshi

Ganeshi is a 23 year old girl from the village of Karahal, Sheopur. She was part of Project Nanhi Kali in 2006, when she was in class IX and is currently pursuing her Masters and is also teaching in a girl’s hostel. Her family is extremely poor and supported by her mother, Mrs. Kala who is an Anganwadi Helper. Her father Mr. Babulal Prajapati is unemployed and Ganeshi is the youngest among five daughters and two sons.

In the year 2011, Ganeshi was married off to Brij Kishor from Mekhdi village, Sheopur. However, she has been living with her parents since 2014. Upon meeting with her family, her parents disclosed the excruciating details of Ganeshi’s married life. Brij Kishore turned out to be nothing like the person that her family thought he was. Their daughter’s life was highly insecure with him because of his violent nature which often put Ganeshi at the receiving end. He tortured her physically and mentally making her life a misery. As a result, she became very ill and unhappy. Her parents then decided to interfere and brought her back home, away from her husband. She has been with them ever since.

When asked about her future, her parents replied that they will take care of her for as long as they live, however, they are worried about her future after them. When the team representative suggested an option of second marriage, her parents responded that a decision such as that now completely rests upon Ganeshi. If she chooses to opt for a future to get married once again, her parents will completely support her decision and stand by her.

Ganeshi’s response to the suggestion of a second marriage was that she was not currently in a position to think about another marriage. Her current aim in life is to be able to financially support herself and not become a burden on her family. Ganeshi used to work as a Community Activist with Project Nanhi Kali; the team has once again asked her to rejoin the project so that she can contribute to the society by teaching other Nanhi Kalis. 

Feb 12, 2016

Project Update, November 2015 - January 2016

National Girl Child Day Celebrations
National Girl Child Day Celebrations

This report gives an update on the activities conducted as a part of the Nanhi Kali Project in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh during the last 3 months,

Organization of Health Camp

A Health Camp was organised for the Nanhi Kalis in the months of December 2015 and January 2016 for which an ASHA worker and a local doctor were invited to hold interactive sessions with the Nanhi Kalis and the Community members about the various general health issues prevalent in the area and how they can be avoided. They also educated the girls and the community members on how to maintain good health and avoid anaemia and other deficiency by altering their diet. The Nanhi Kalis were then tested for anaemia and iron tablets were distributed to them. 

National Girl Child Day Celebrations

On the 24th of January 2016, National Girl Child Day was celebrated at the cluster level in Baroda Village. The event saw the participation of around 60 Nanhi Kalis who showcased their talents in the various events organised for the day. The girls were also given a career guidance session to help them in making informed decisions in the future. 

Republic Day Celebrations

The Project Nanhi Kali team of Sheopur celebrated Republic Day on the 26th of January 2016 at the Project Office in Sheopur. All the field team members and officer from the Department of Women and Child Development joined the team in the celebrations. 

Cluster Level Annual Function

Annual Function was conducted on the 10th of January 2016 by the community of Dhodar cluster, Sheopur. A total of 184 Nanhi Kalis participated in this function and was attended by the Sheopur Nanhi Kali team. The event included a number of cultural and literary performances by the Nanhi Kalis and ended with prize distribution to the best performers.

Cluster Level Annual Function
Cluster Level Annual Function
Annual Function Prize Distribution
Annual Function Prize Distribution
Nov 17, 2015

Project Update, August - October 2015

Baseline Assessment Training
Baseline Assessment Training

This report gives an update on the activities conducted as a part of the Nanhi Kali Project in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh during the last 3 months.

Base Line Assessment

The entire Nanhi Kali team was provided training sessions on how to conduct Baseline assessment of Nanhi Kalis and the assessment process began in the month of August. In this process, a total of 4812 Nanhi Kalis were covered.

Academic Support Centre Opening

In the month of August, around 266 Primary and Middle school Academic Support Centres were opened in all the three blocks. 266 Community Activists out of 400 candidates were selected for these Academic Support Centres and the centres started functioning.

Around 120 Academic Support Centres were opened for High School Nanhi Kalis in the month of September, 2015. 

Independence Day Celebrations

Indian Independence Day was celebrated on 15th August, 2015 in all the Academic Support Centres. Several games were organised by the Community Activists for the Nanhi Kalis and winners were awarded with different prizes.

Teachers Day Celebrations

All the Academic Support Centres celebrated Teachers Day on 5th September, 2015. The Nanhi Kalis and their Community Activists took part in these celebrations. The Nanhi Kalis presented gifts and greeting cards to their tutors as a token of their gratitude.

Kit Distribution

Kits were distributed to all the  Nanhi Kalis in Karahal block of Sheopur district in the month of September and October, 2015. The Nanhi Kali Coordinators and Community Activists organised the Kit Distribution event at different villages for which the parents, teachers and members of the community were invited to attend. 

Community Activist Review Meeting

CA review meetings were organised in all locations in order to orient the CAs about the use and maintenance of the registers and in order to develop their class management skills. The Community Activists were introduced to the community and the importance of including the community members in the functioning of the project was explained to them. The academic progress of the Nanhi Kalis was also discussed during this meeting. 

Alumni Meeting

Block level alumni meeting was conducted in the month of October, 2015 which saw the participation of around 250 alumni. Their challenges and issues were the topic of discussion during this meeting so that a plan of action may be prepared to use the available resources to address these problems. 

Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Community Activist Training
Community Activist Training

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