There are over 65 villages of tribal areas in Thane, Nashik and Nandurbar districts of Maharashtra where people are illiterate and are living below poverty line. They are suffering from easily treatable diseases and lack of food. Additionally, they are chronic alcoholics and mainly depend upon daily wages to make their both ends meet. They are unaware of government schemes and other facilities. Farming is the main source of their income but because of only a specific type of crop grown in that area they are left with no food in major part of the year. This leads to malnutrition. Majority of padas (hamlets) are situated in inaccessible areas and are devoid of electricity and fresh water. Inspite of presence of schools in some of these padas, lack of infrastructure, unhealthy school environment has demotivated the teachers and parents resulting in no education for children. Recurring illness among children is another major factor that is demotivating children. So they end up working on farms helping their parents.
Asha along with the help of Pragati Pratishthan, Dr.Sujit and our dedicated volunteers from Mumbai undertook project Arogyaseva to tackle malnutrition and illiteracy among young children in Thane, Maharashtra. The project site consists of 65 villages in the tribal areas of Maharashtra. Of the four phases, three phases have been successfully completed and we are now into the fourth phase.
The successful first phase of the project provided books, infrastructure such as tables, chairs, water filters, mats and black boards. For the first time, two solar lamps were fixed in schools of Kumbhi and Karoli padas who had no electric supply before.The focus of the second phase project was health and literacy. Two doctors from Mumbai conducted a medical camp for 700 people. Essential medicines were provided to the villagers. Moreover, a computer was donated to Asey School to start basic computer education for middle-school students. Private teaching sessions were also arranged for high-school students to enhance their education and help prepare for their board examinations. In third phase we provided solar lamps for 21 families, to encourage parents to send their kids to school. We installed two libraries, supported 5 schools with basic infrastructure, Conducted agricultural visits for the benefit of farmers, Jaipur foot was donated for physically handicapped students.Toledo Rotary supported with $10,000 for phase-3.
1. Renovation of Pragati Tribal hostel at Mokhada was completed ( This project helped 30 tribal students to continue their high school education staying in this hostel).
2. Nutrition project for tribal kids is completed: This program support 130 kids with lunch, dinner daily and imparted basic education interest in them.
Purpose / Goals
Aims of this project are:
1. Provide basic education and health awareness for
students in rural and tribal areas
2.Conduct Medical camps for children and their parents
3.Develop infrastructure for the schools
4.Recruit more teachers to cater the student needs
5.Train local youths on first aid medical treatment
6.Conduct leadership and personality development programs
Toledo Rotary supported Arogyaseva phase-3 project with USD 10,000.
WAH supported with $12,000 in 2009/2010
Present Phase: Computer literacy program will Train local youth with computer skills. This program is carved out for poor people in tribal areas. Government of India's program NREGA is an act meant for such people, but govt officials and contractors take advantage of the illiteracy of tribal people and 90% of the money is siphoned out . This program aim is to bring computer literacy among tribal youth, educate them about govt schemes which in-turn will help them to claim allocated funds for their betterment.
Asha Toledo is supporting with $8,000 for Computer Literacy Program
Project Type: Other
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals
Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness
Other Focus: other
Number of Children: 1000