Balangan

Project Brief: Drksakshi is a Chattisgarh based non profit organization and one of the aim of Drksakshi is to provide education to girl children of tribal community and bridge them to formal school with the funding provided by Asha for Education.
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: DC
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Hina Mehta
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Drksâkshi Bâlângan, Near Ajay Poultry Farm, ,Supela Purani Basti, PO Supela, ,Durg, Chattisgarh,
CHHATTISGARH  490023
Tel:
Stewarding Chapter: DC
May 2010DCUSD 2850

Total = $2850

Drksakshi was inspired by a study of the impact of industrialization on the urban poor in the state of Chhattisgarh. The unorganized sector of durg district mainly consists of rag-pickers and casual laborers with limited earnings. This compels all adults in a family to earn wages, leaving the children at home to take care of their siblings and the household work. The choice for doing this work is mostly the girl child. One of the aims of Drksakshi is to reach out to the girls in such communities to bring them back into education. To bridge this gap, Balangan, informal school for children, came in scène at Dabrapara, a working-class neighborhood in Bhilai, Durg district, Chhattisgarh to disseminate education in child-friendly and enjoyable ways. The objectives of this program is: to mainstream the children who have dropped out of the formal stream of education through alternative education and “bridge schools”, to prevent further dropout of children from primary and upper-primary classes in government schools and to create self-reliance among adolescent girls through appropriate vocational training. During last one year, all but one, children from dabrapara balangan have successfully transitioned to bridge school. The current balangan location is in Supela Basti with 24 children attending the school. The funding provided by Asha for Education will be used to provide salaries for the project coordinator, teachers, a cook and for midday meal as well as school supplies.
To provide basic education to tribal girl children to prepare them to either re-join a regular school or learn a vocational skill for a livelihood.
Drksâkshi, Chhattisgarh, India is a registered,non-profit, non-governmental organization.Drksakshi's vision is based on a recognition that long-term sustainable change is achievable only through building strong local communities working collectively and creatively to recognize and address problems holistically, linking the economic, political, cultural and ecological. Drksâkshi was started in September 2005 as an initiative to specially address the educational and livelihood needs of an urban slum that has sprung up in the wake of industrialization in the bhilai-durg area of chhattisgarh. Drksâkshi has four interrelated programs currently in operation
balângan initiative -- right to education for the girl child, laxmi -- women's self-help group,janani -- film, video livelihood program, organizing unorganized and dalit labor.