Sahyog -Sangharsh, MAHARASHTRA
Sahyog was initiated in 2000 in Mumbai to benefit young girls who had dropped out of mainstream primary schools. Today, as adults, some of them are the sole earning members in their families and are armed with life skills. Thereafter, Sahyog’s programs evolved organically to enable a social change in the community, in the belief that children are the seeds of change.
The Danbury Chapter supports ‘Sangharsh’, a program that was created to be an inclusive space for children with intellectual, hearing and orthopedic disabilities. More than 150 children have attended Sangharsh school to date. The responsibilities of staff extend well beyond the daily interactions with children and include arranging for diagnostic assessment following enrolment, locating medical and therapeutic services, engaging parents, educating and escorting them to avail of services, planning events and outings, conducting awareness sessions with different stakeholders in the community, and sensitizing the neighborhood and community on various issues through street plays.
In 2017, the Danbury Chapter disbursed ~$13000 towards rental expenses, mid-day meals, medical assistance and tuition.
SEVA MANDIR RESIDENTIAL LEARNING CAMP, RAJASTHAN [Beginning 2017-18]
Even today, 70% of India’s children attend government schools as those schools are the only option in most rural areas. The schools continue to be challenged by infrastructure needs, teacher attendance and learning outcomes.
REWARD Trust’s model is simple: hire teachers and invest in their training and motivation so they can do their job well. They use 3 criteria in decision-making to support a school: [a]. teacher-student ratio less than 1:40 [b]. lack of teacher per class or per grade [c]. lack of subject teachers. After 13 years, the schools have doubled their pass % from ~30% to an average 85%. REWARD Trust currently works with 45 schools in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu.
Multiple Chapters of Asha for Education support this project. Asha Danbury has supported salaries of 5 teachers in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Kalkulum School won the “best school in the block” award and 2 national merit scholarship awards for 3 students in 2014-2017.
Ashray Akruti, TELANGANA
Ashray Akruti is a registered non-profit organization working in the area of hearing impairment and offers education to 350 children with hearing impairment through its 3 centers in Hyderabad, Telangana. The organization envisions a society where people with disability lead a life of dignity with equal rights and equitable access to opportunities and services. It has a full-fledged hearing diagnostic facility, and offers sponsored cochlear implant surgeries and speech therapy to needy children.
The ‘Pre-school and early intervention center’ was established in 2015 and focuses on comprehensive evaluation of the child, amplification, development of auditory and speech-language skills, and family counseling. The project aims to improve the reach of its intervention services at an early age among poor and lower middle class sections of society. To overcome challenges associated with migratory nature of jobs of parents and to ensure that children receive uninterrupted services, Ashray Akruti set up residential facilities for girls and boys.
In 2017, the Danbury Chapter disbursed ~$13,000 towards the preschool program so children can be mainstreamed into appropriate schools at an early age. The Chapter also provided financial support to the girls’ residential facility.