Sheopur, a former dacoit prone area, is situated on a border and by definition border districts are neglected. Forests cover 43% of the district making access difficult. Agriculture is the main occupation and majority of the people are landless labourers who migrate seasonally in search of work. The male-female divide is apparent-female literacy is at 44% compared to male literacy of 70%. As with any poverty-stricken area with a mix of rural & tribal population, crime is rampant.
Once a girl is selected as a Nanhi Kali (the primary criteria for selection is poor, economic and social status), she receives academic support, material support (including stationery, school uniforms, shoes and personal hygiene material) and social support. The project ensures that all the Nanhi Kalis are regular in Academic Support Centers to ensure grade specific learning. It is also communicated to the parents that the project will support the girl child's education till class 10.
1.Reduction in drop-out rates of girls. 2.Improvement in health, hygiene and nutrition of the children. 3.Improvement in the child sex ratio 4.Education of the girl child deals with issues like child marriage, child labour and dowry 5.The project empowers the girls, their families and communities as a whole 5.An educated woman is well equipped to handle social and economic problems. 6.Investing in girl child education leads to the nation achieving its Millennium development goals.