Current Projects: Title: Vellore Hill Restoration Restoring barren hills of Vellore ushering better climate for tomorrow and employment for local youth Background: The project will support salaries of 7 Exnora Green Cross volunteers per hill range for one year. The goal is to dig and de-‐silt percolation ponds on the hill, protect the area from fire, patrol the hill range to prevent grazing and other destructive activities, and plant saplings. Amount approved: Rs. 2,52,000 This project was approved in 2010 but due to FCRA issues approved funds could not be disbursed in 2010. The FCRA has been temporarily sorted and we have sent the funds in 2012.
Title: Deepa Academy for the Differently-‐Abled, Bengaluru, India “There is no lovelier way to thank God for your sight, than by giving a helping hand to someone in the dark” Helen Keller Chapters involved:: AID, Penn State Chapter & Pittsburgh Chapter, and ASHA, Philadelphia Chapter Mission of the Academy:
Empowering the differently abled with quality education promoting overall development with the guiding principles of self-‐help, interaction and involvement. Description: To work towards the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and the Differently abled students, particularly from rural Karnataka ( 2006) Facts: Services: Free education, lodging, boarding, medical and supportive services Curriculum: Regular Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board. Braille, Orientation & Mobility, Music, Dance and Home Science Computer education: Free IT education and training. IED Program: Integrated Education for the Disabled Program Internship: Hosted two interns from AID India. Future Plans: Beneficiaries: Increasing the number from 25 to 60 Programs: Establishing a vocational training institute, computer learning center, and a cultural academy. Funding: Seek funding from the Scheme for the welfare of children in need of care and protection. Government of Karnataka Internship: Continue collaborating with the AID Internship program to host interns from AID, USA. Amount Approved: Rs. 150,000 This project was approved in 2011 but due to FCRA issues approved funds could not be disbursed in 2011. The FCRA has been sorted and we are awaiting further update on this. Pictures:
Title: Unmesh Child Protection Centre Agartala, Tripura, INDIA Description: The main goal of Unmesh Child Protection Centre is to give disadvantaged, orphaned and street children the childhood they deserve. Many of these children are forced into slavery as child laborers in hotels, tea stands, workshops or as domestic helps. Young girls are particularly vulnerable to cross border trafficking. These marginalized, extremely
underprivileged children need care, protection and education – in short, the childhood they deserve. Mission of the project: To prevent child trafficking and violence against children Provide basic healthcare, education and shelter to rescued children Reintegrate/ Repatriate them into society Upgrade the life skills and self reliance of underprivileged children through training Facts: Total number of children under shelter: 50 School-‐age children go to government school Regular health and psychological monitoring and timely intervention to children who are lagging behind Regular computer, health education, dance and music classes An agricultural field has been developed at the centre, where children get the training in agricultural practices, poultry farming, vermicomposting and rain water harvesting Pictures:
Amount Approved: Rs. 200000.00
Title AID Rural Technology Resource Center Gajapati, Odisha Background: ARTRC was established in 2006 in one of the most backward districts of Orissa, Gajapati District. The project was is spearheaded by AID-‐Sathi Dr. Dhanada Mishra. Objective of ARTRC is to promote rural technology, sustainable livelihoods and skill training for villagers/local artisans, experiments in organic farming and promotion of basic education with the ultimate objective of development in the backward and tribal region. ARTRC has been successfully running elementary school with 74 students with the intention to educate children in the surrounding region.Tailoring training has been proved successful and useful to local people. This is livelihood generation training. The trained students started earning their livelihood. This training empowers rural women. ARTC have been running a small experimental organic farm to demonstrate and educate farmers about organic farming. ARTRC also gives free basic computer training to the interested people. Industrial Training Center (ITC) of ARTRC has applied for Govt approval, if approved it will be only third ITC school in the district.
Amount Approved: Rs. 180000.00
Title Project Asha, Nutanhat Development Society Purulia, West Bengal Description Nutanhat Development Society (NDS) works on various socio-‐economic issues in the remote villages of the district Purulia in West Bengal. Asha is a project undertaken by NDS in ten such villages of the district Purulia, West Bengal. These villages are in a semi-‐arid drought-‐ prone region. The majority of the population is tribal. Most of the villagers are migrant laborers. Even though there exist one high school in the locality, the infrastructure for elementary education is very poor in these villages. As a result, local kids, most of whom are first generation learners, cannot cope with the high school education and drop out of the school. The project “Asha” employs local unemployed youth to run informal education centers in ten villages in the area. These educational centers provide a learning environment for the kids and prepare them to cope with high school education. Mission of the project Creating a learning environment among the less privileged tribal and backward children Helping dropouts and non-‐enrolled children with education Help children in their self-‐growth and be good citizens Facts Ten villages, ten centers Each center is run by a local youth The project is conceived and supervised by a local graduate Total number of children under the project so far: 374 There is only one local high school Elaborate monitoring has been done to track progress of each student over the years Extensive data collection and analysis for the kids enrolled in the project Achievements: Steady increase in skills: There has been a steady increase in academic skills of the students in all the villages Increase in enrollment: Number of students attending “Asha” centers has increased over the years Increased awareness of parents: The parents are now more aware about quality education for their kids and puts extra effort to ensure their kids go to school Equal participation: The number of girls attending the centers is almost equal to that of the boys. This is an encouraging fact given the general negligence towards girl child in India Increased demand for more centers: Neighbouring villages are demanding for more “Asha” centers in and around the area, but due to shortage of resources this has not been possible. Seed Self-‐Reliance among the youth: By employing local youth this project has helped build confidence in the community
Training: Twice-‐a-‐year, three-‐day trainings have been given to the teachers of these centers Amount Approved: Rs. 403,850.00
Title: Parivartan Sikshan Sanstha Mumbai, Maharashtra Parivartan, established in 1997, seeks to educate disadvantaged children living in the slums of Wadala, Mumbai, who otherwise would not be able to attend formal school. The specialized curriculum focuses on basic academic and life skills and the theme of social justice. Parivartan provides equal education to approximately 120 children regardless of religion, caste, culture, language, or gender. Amount Approved: Rs. 288,000.00 Events in 2012: Taste of India, April 14, 2012 This is our annual fundraiser -‐-‐ a food festival where the community cooks and donates the food. More than 500 guests attend this event. This is a hugely popular event and has become a tradition in the greater State College community. This event is also a completely green event as everything used in the event is biodegradable and are composted after the event with help from the local borough authorities. Money raised: $12,999 Independence Day, August 15, 2012 Independence day was celebrated with some patriotic songs, a documentary and a fun quiz about India. AID Freshers Picnic, August 25, 2012 This is a free welcome picnic for welcoming the new students. The weekend before the classes start everyone gathers in a local park and has fun with friends and food! Bollywood Night, September 29, 2012 The students and community once again came together to have a gala evening celebrating 100 years of Bollywood! All the performances was from the local talents. Along with the event, a campaign -‐-‐ “Sing for India” -‐-‐ was also organized. This fall fundraiser was a remarkable success. Money raised: $5426
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