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Sanand, Ahmadabad District
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Project Steward
Maulik Nagri
nagrimaulik AT yahoo DOT com
Project Partner(s)
Martin Macwan
martin DOT macwan AT gmail DOT com
Project Address
Sanand Bavla Road,
Village Nani Devti,
Taluka Sanand, Ahmedabad, Sanand, Ahmadabad District
GUJARAT  380 007
Tel: +917965443745, +919727750448
Funds Disbursed

Total = $115,437

TOTAL: $115,437.00
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Project Description

Navsarjan runs 3 residential schools near Ahmedabad in Gujarat specially catering to Dalit children living in the surrounding communities. In 2012-2013, these co-educational residential schools housed 322 children from grades 5 through 8. The Dalit children face harsh social and economic discrimination in the local government schools and communities. These schools impart not only academic education in a safe supportive environment but also essential life skills such as non-discrimination and equality. Also, these schools epitomize simplicity and function. For example, for every school, Navsarjan uses modular buildings for different purposes at different times of the day. The same area is used as a mess hall in the morning, class room during the day, and dormitory at night.

Historically, the Boston/MIT chapter funded scholarships for girl students starting 2007-2008. In part due to the scholarship program, the girl enrollment increased more than 6 times in 2012-2013. Starting 2013-2014, the chapter started funding the operational expenses for residential schools, motivated by Navsarjan's fee policy change.

Also, Navsarjan received the Asha's "Quality of Education" grant to organize "Chhotte Bhim Drama Competition", a grassroots drama competition that engages children, parents and the greater community. In the 2013-2014 competition, children teams from 200 villages are expected to enact a play focusing on equality and non-discrimination.

Purpose / Goals

The dropout rate of children in government schools who come from the Dalit community (often treated as a lower and outcast group) was highest in grades 5 through 8. At this tender age, the Dalit children started to recognize the caste-based discrimination and dropped out of school to avoid being mistreated by upper class students and teachers. Moreover, many parents are agricultural or migrant laborers, who migrate every season for agricultural work, taking their children with them for additional labor. To retain these children in schools, Navsarjan started 3 residential schools in Gujarat to provide primary education (5th to 8th grades), lodging and food. These schools were initially built with the help of the community funds, whereas the operational expenses are covered by student contributions, Navsarjan's own funds, and external aid agencies.

The current food cost (largest cost component) per month for each student is about 900 rupees. Due to a relatively high fee structure, parents often choose to send only their boy child and dissuade their daughters from attending school. As a result, the girl to boy ratio in these schools is extremely low.

Partnering with Navsarjan in its school initiative, the ASHA Boston/MIT chapter seeks to increase female enrollment, subsidize operational expenses, and support innovative education experiments.

Organization Description

Since 1989, Navsarjan seeks to improve the socio-economic status of hundreds of thousands of Dalit (untouchable) people in the Gujarat province of India. To further its mission, Navsarjan engages in diverse activities: formal and informal education, vocational training for youth, advocacy and empowerment, land rights, women rights, youth awareness, minimum wage implementation, and local governance issues. It operates in almost 3000 villages and has over 1000 volunteers. -

Project Type: Residential School (description)

Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Other Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural

Additional Information

In addition to running the Dalit Shakti Kendra, a vocational educational program, the trust runs
three schools located in three villages:
- Raika village in Dhandhuka district
- Kataria village in Limbdi district
- Sami village in Patan district
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Nov 2015Navsarjan Project Proposal Hartford
Nov 2015Hartford Meeting Minutes
Oct 2015October2015 Update
Oct 2015Site Visit by Asha AZ
Mar 2015Navsarjan Update Mar2015
Mar 2015Navsarjan Minutes Mar15
Nov 2014WAH Approval Minutes
Aug 2014Navsarjan Aug2014 Poll Results
Aug 2014Proposal Update
Jun 20142014 WAH Proposal Documents
Jun 2014WAH Proposal May 2014
May 20142011-2012 Annual Reports
Feb 2014Project Update Feb 2014
Feb 2014Navsarjan Recruitment Brochure
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Oct 2013Update October 2013
Oct 2013Conference call minutes
Oct 2013Funding poll results
Sep 20132013 Navsarjan Cost Summary
May 2013Site visit report
Jan 2013Quality of Education Grant
Jan 2013Jan 2013 presentation
Jul 2012July 2012 Project update
May 2012Site visit report
May 2012Internship report - Priti Patel
Dec 2011Project Update
Dec 2011Navsarjan Information Resources
Jul 2011Navsarjan's QED Proposal (Chote Bhim)
Jul 2011QED Proposal
May 2011Update May 2011
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May 2010Site Visit Report May 10
May 2010Update May 2010
May 2010Annual Report
Jan 2010Project Update 2009-2010
May 2009May 2009 Project Update 2009-2010
Feb 2009Navsarjan Site Visit Jan 2009
Jan 2009Navsarjan Annual Report 2007-2008
Jan 2009Project update 2008-2009
Jun 2008Project Renewal 2008-09
Jan 2008Project Update
Jan 2008Pictures-Hitesh Visit
Jul 2007Project Proposal
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