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, Chittoor District
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Project Steward
Rajeev Annaluru
boston DOT projects AT ashanet DOT org
Project Partner(s)
Chennaiah Poguri
sahanivasa85 AT gmail DOT com
Project Address
Post Box No.47
D. No. 22-977/1, Moruganipalle Road
Chittoor District
Funds Disbursed
Jun2009Silicon Valley$5,870.00
Feb2009Silicon Valley$5,700.00
Jan2008Silicon Valley$5,850.00
???2001Work an Hour$5,350.00
???2000Work an Hour$5,350.00

Total = $281,005

TOTAL: $281,005.00
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Project Description

Sahanivasa runs before and after school education centers in various mandals of Chittoor district. The centers are run for primary class students in 15 villages and for high school students in 10 villages. The education centers are run in the government school buildings in the respective villages. Although the centers are open for anyone in the villages, the project focuses on kids who are children of rural poor from Dalit & Bahujans communities. The parents of these kids are generally agricultural laborers, sharecroppers, migrant workers, rural artisans etc.

Sahanivasa over the years has adopted various innovative strategies to address the school enrollment and retention rates. Their intervention strategies include strong ties to the parent and village administration communities. Sahanivasa has cultivated a strong culture of older kids who graduate from their centers contribute back to the kids currently in school. Sahanivasa also works closely with the government at various levels of administration.

Through this education center project of Sahanivasa Asha Boston each year directly supports the education of about 1,500 to 1,800 students spread across 25 villages in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Through the awareness and advocacy programs that Sahanivasa runs, Asha Boston's support also indirectly impacts the education of over 8,000 students spread across 180 villages in Chittoor district. Some of the successes of the project include achieving 100% literacy rates in the project are of 120 villages. Through their innovative intervention in NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) they have managed to cut down the village migration by 95% there by achieving a tremendous improvement of 90% reduction in school dropout rates. On the academic front the over all pass percentages of children in the Sahanivasa centers over the past 10 years has gone up from 50%-60% to 97%-100%. Also 90% of the Dalit students in Sahanivasa centers go on to pursue their higher education after 10th standard as compared to a dismal 5%-10% state average.

Purpose / Goals

1. To achieve 100% of children in villages are enrolled in schools. Ensure no child below 14 years drops out of school.

2. To provide space for deprived children to access for quality school education and there by promote children’s Rights- right to education and childhood.

3. To ensure children have not only good academic performance but also develop employment skills needed in the future.

4. Provide opportunities for under-privileged youth to develop leadership qualities and skills.

5. To sensitize the civil society to recognize the education as the main tool for liberation and development.

Organization Description

Sahanivasa has been a long time partner of the Boston chapter of Asha for Education. With a partnership that spans 13+ years, Asha Boston has supported several programs of Sahanivasa at various times including non-formal education centers, programs that spread awareness in the dalit and tribal communities about the importance of education, providing libraries to government schools, supporting various disaster relief and rehabilitation activities (during the tsunami and floods in Andhra Pradesh), NREGA awareness campaigns to ensure sustainable livelihoods etc.

Sahanivasa has been working in the Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh since 1985 on organizing dalits, landless laborers, and women on a variety of issues. These include implementation of land reforms, organizing for minimum wages and tenancy rights, organizing for gender equity and rights, monitoring, documenting and disseminating information about human rights violations (discrimination, untouchability practices, rape, burning of villages, etc. by higher castes) and violations of women s rights and organizing local actions to address such violations. Sahanivasa also lobbies actively for changes in existing laws, new laws and implementation of the laws governing these issues. Sahanivasa further works to empower and increase the confidence of the populations with which they work. Dalits, who constitute 24% of the Indian population (216 million) are the people who form the lowest social strata in Indian society.

Project Type: Tuition Centers (description)

Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural

Additional Information

Other components of Sahanivasa’s initiatives that have been funded by Asha for Education are listed below:

Relief & Rehabilitation work in response to the 2004 Tsunami:

Relief & Rehabilitation work in response to the devastating floods in Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka in 2009:

NREGA Awareness campaign by Sahanivasa:
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Nov 2015Flood relief proposal
Aug 2015Proposal for 2015-16
Mar 2015Site Visit Repor March 2015
Jul 2014Proposal for year 2014-15
Jun 20142013-2014 Annual Report
Jan 2014Sahanivasa Site Visit January 2014
Sep 20132013-14 Budget proposal
Feb 20132012-13 Half Yearly Report
Sep 2012Proposal for 2012-2014
Sep 2011Proposal for 2011-2012
Aug 2011Rajeev's Sahanivasa Site Visit Report
Jul 2011Sahanivasa Annual report for year 2010-2011
Mar 2011Half yearly report june to December 2010
Jul 2010Proposal for year 2010-11
Mar 2010Half Yearly report for year 2009-10
Sep 2009Sahanivasa Proposal for 2009-2010
Apr 2009Half yearly report for primary and 10th standards
Apr 2009Half yearly report for 9th Standard (SV Funded)
Nov 2008Presentation for chapter discussion for 2008-09
Oct 2008Site Visit Report by Bhaskar 2008
Aug 2008Organogram of Sahanivasa
Aug 2008Sahanivasa 9th standard proposal to SV
Aug 200810th Standard & Primary schools proposal for 2008-09
Jan 2008Half Yearly report for 2007-08
Dec 2007Presentation for chapter discussion
Jun 20077th standard proposal (07-08)
Jun 2007Proposal for 10th Standard & primary schools
Feb 2007Letter to Anjali Thiwari
Jan 2007Half Yearly Financial Statement Jun-Dec 2006
Jan 2007Half Yearly Report Jun-Dec 2006
Jan 2007Rajeev Sahanivasa Site Visit
Jun 200605-06 report + new components for 06-07
Jun 2006cover letter 06-07
Dec 2005Half year report 2005-06 (pdf)
Dec 2005Half yr accounts 2005-06 (pdf)
Jun 2004Project Proposal
Jun 2004Student Results & Particulars
May 2004Unaudited Accounts
May 2004QA
May 2004Progress Report
Jan 2004Progress Report
Jan 2004Cover Letter
??? 2004half yearly report 2004/05
Sep 2003Annual Survey
Aug 2003Cover Letter
Jul 2003Asha Boston Meeting Minutes
Jun 2003Staff Structure
Jun 2003Programme Structure
Jun 200310th Class Results
Jun 20032003-2004 Proposal
Feb 2003Cover Letter
Oct 2002Visit report
Jun 2002Results 2001-02
May 2000Progress Report
??? 1999 Results of Supplementary Exams-1999
Jun 1998Proposal
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