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.
Aug 8, 2016

Story of Saloni

Nanhi Kali Saloni
Nanhi Kali Saloni

This is the story of Saloni, a Nanhi Kali of class IV from the Government Primary School of Khed Block, Chakan. Having lost her mother at the tender age of 5, she has since been under the care of her grandmother. After her mother’s passing away, her father decided to stay back in Kharabwadi, and put Saloni under the care of her maternal grandmother. However, due to lack of income, he joined them soon and has since been helping her grandmother with her trade as a vendor of rice. He also engages in other occupation as when he gets the opportunity and does not have a fixed source of income to support the family. Saloni also has a younger brother, Vedant. Although he is enrolled in school, he has trouble with his classes as he has a learning disability causing him to lag behind in his school work. As the father and grandmother leave for their trade, Saloni brings Vedant along with her to the Academic Support Centre (ASC) and also helps out with domestic chores back at home.

Having forced to take up responsibilities at such a young age, Saloni is accustomed to taking care of herself. She has prepared a time table for herself to manage her time between studying and helping with the household chores. She takes care of her school work and homework with no support from anyone. At the ASC, she manages to complete her work and also help her brother with his school work. She devotes all her attention to him, helps him with adjusting to new and strange environments and keeps him company by playing with him.

Although during her initial months with Project Nanhi Kali she was very reserved and quiet, she soon adjusted to the new setting with the help of her Community Activist and began interacting with her peers. The CA has been focusing on Saloni because of her quiet nature and because of the fact that she was forced to take care of herself at such a young age. Saloni learned to share and take part in interactive learning with the help of the grouping system followed in the ASC and her academic performance has been progressing constantly. She has also built up the confidence to clarify her doubts out loud in class and has found a keen interest in mathematics. She uses her conceptual understanding of the subject to help her peers.

Saloni’s father is deeply grateful for Project Nanhi Kali for its support. Saloni dreams of becoming a Sub Inspector of Police so that she can serve the people. Her teachers are very proud of her who has so gracefully accepted so many responsibilities at such a young age without any complaints. 

Saloni studying in the ASC
Saloni studying in the ASC
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
 
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