Asha for Education Logo Forum for Womens Rights and Development Trust (FORWORD)
Kancheepuram, Kancheepuram District
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Project Steward
Shivashankar Halan
shivashankarh AT ufl DOT edu
Project Partner(s)
Mathuram Shiamalababy
shiamalaforword AT yahoo DOT com
Additional Contact
Meera Sitharam
sitharam AT cise DOT ufl DOT edu
Project Address
117 Suddananda Bharathi Streeet
East Thambaram
Chennai, Kancheepuram, TAMIL NADU  600 059
Tel: 91-44-2378081
Funds Disbursed
Jul2007Work an Hour$5,500.00
Dec2006Work an Hour$2,250.00
Oct2006Work an Hour$2,250.00
Mar2006DCINR 175,560.00

Total = $126,815.21

TOTAL: $126,815.21
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Project Description

FORWORD aims to tackle one of India's most challenging socio-economic problems - the oppression of under-privileged members of society - through an evening school designed primarily for Dalit children. The project intends to develop 12 schools each enrolling about 30 students in the Tambaram in northern Tamil Nadu,close to Chennai. These evening schools will complement a child's daytime primary education.

Purpose / Goals

Empower dalit children by providing them opportunities to bring out their talents. Address issues such as poverty, injustice, and oppression in the name of cast, gender and religion and work toward establishing a just society.

Organization Description

FORWORD was formed in 1991 by M.Shiamalababy and other like minded individuals who believed in social transformation. They feel that the world is ruled by powers of destruction like social injustice, inequality, social insecurity for women, political corruption. This leads to hunger, unequal distribution of resources, sickness and suffering amongst the majority while the minority enjoys the affluence. They believe that the need of the hour is a complete social transformation which can be achieved by the education of the oppressed and the marginalized-especially the younger generation. This kind of education should comprise life awareness education with quality in addition to the formal school education.

Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)

Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: remedial education

Other Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Urban

Additional Information

FORWORD is particularly impressive because it is using innovative methods to encourage community involvement in its efforts. FORWORD will first organize a troupe of about 20 trained children that will perform in these target villages to help build greater
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Dec 2015Project Proposal 2015-16
Dec 2015Budget Clarifications 2015-16 Proposal
Dec 20152015-16 Budget Approval Minutes
Nov 2015R&R Proposal Nov 2015
Nov 2015R&R Proposal Approval & Conference Call Minutes
Nov 2015Budget Disaster Relief (Banglaore)
Jun 2015Site Visit Report - Summer 2015
Sep 2014Approval Minutes 2014-15 Budget Sept 2014
Sep 2014Budget 2014_15 Approval Minutes - Sept 2014
Aug 2014Conference Call Minutes Aug 2014
May 2014Budget Proposal for 2014-15
Jan 2014Site Visit Report - Jan 2014
Sep 2013Conference Call Minutes Sept 2013
Sep 2013Approval Minutes Sept 2013
Jun 2013FORWORD Budget for 2013-14
Jun 2013Site Visit Report - June 2013
Sep 2012Conference Call Minutes - Sept 2012
Sep 2012Approval Minutes Sept 2012
Jun 2011FORWORD - Site_Visit_Report - June_2011
May 2011ProgressReport_May_2011
May 2011Responses_by_project_partner_to_specific_questions
Apr 2011Project Proposal Nov 2011-Oct 2012
Apr 2011FORWORD WAH 2011 Nomination and Budget Approval
Feb 2011Budget_2010-11 Approval Minutes
Jan 2011FORWORD Revised Budget 2010-11
Dec 2010Analysis of Budget Proposal 2011
Oct 2010Budget_Proposal_2011_FORWORD
Oct 2010ProgressReport_Oct_2010
Sep 2010Site Visit Report - Sept 2010
Jun 2010Statistics_2010
Jun 2010Progress_Report
Mar 2010Site_Visit_Report_2010
Mar 2010Conference_Call_March_2010
Jan 2010Budget_Proposal_2010
Nov 2009Progress Report [Feb-Oct 2009]
Oct 2008Site_Visit_Synopsis
Oct 2008Budget_approval_2008
Oct 2008Site_visit_2008
Oct 2008NYCNJ_Minutes_II
Oct 2008NYCNJ_minutes_I
Oct 2008Minutes_NYCNJ
Jul 2008Conference Call 20 Jul
Jul 2008Conference Call 20 Jul
Jun 2008Proposal and Budget 2008-09
May 2008Progress Report 2007-2008
Oct 2007Budget2008
Jul 2007Site Visit 2007
Jun 2007Progress Report 2006-07
Oct 2006Progress Report Jun-Oct 06
Sep 2006Confrence Call September
Jul 2006WAH proposal
Jun 2006Project Proposal 2006-07
Jun 2006ForwordPics
May 2006Progrees Report 2005-2006
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Dec 2005Dec 2005 Site Visit
Dec 2005Progress Report
Apr 2005Proposal 2005-06
Feb 2005Meeting with Shiamala
Jan 2005Tsunami Update and Efforts
Nov 2004Progress Report Nov 2004
Feb 2004Progress Report
May 2003Progress Report 2003
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