Bharathi Trust - Kuvempu

Project Brief: Kuvempu project of Bharathi Trust with the help from Asha, runs several non-formal educational centers, imparts vocational training and creates awareness amoung a cluster of villages around Chitraturga, Karnataka
Project Type: Tuition Centers (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: remedial education

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Detroit
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Sai Manohar Gopisetty
Project Partner(s): Geetha Devi K
Other Contacts: Lalitha Balakrishnan
Project Address: , Opp. Chitradurga Gramin Bank,Shivaganga Post,,
KARNATAKA  577 526
Tel: (08191) 677316
Stewarding Chapter: Detroit
Jun 2017DetroitUSD 23648
Dec 2016DetroitUSD 11885
Jun 2016DetroitUSD 22641
Mar 2016DetroitUSD 2116
Nov 2015DetroitUSD 12232
Jul 2015DetroitUSD 19205
Nov 2014DetroitUSD 16087
May 2014DetroitUSD 11200
Jan 2014DetroitUSD 4899
Aug 2013DetroitUSD 9935
May 2013DetroitUSD 9282
Jan 2013DetroitUSD 5031
Sep 2012DetroitUSD 7000
Apr 2012DetroitUSD 12000
Jan 2012DetroitUSD 4000
Oct 2011DetroitUSD 5000
Jul 2011DetroitUSD 5000
Jul 2011DetroitUSD 1200
Jun 2011DetroitUSD 4000
Apr 2011DetroitUSD 5000
Dec 2010DetroitUSD 5000
Sep 2010DetroitUSD 10000
May 2010DetroitUSD 10000
Mar 2010DetroitUSD 7830
Dec 2009DetroitUSD 8000
Nov 2009DetroitUSD 5000
Jul 2009DetroitUSD 13000
Feb 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 9000
Oct 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 10000
Aug 2008DetroitUSD 4500
May 2008DetroitUSD 8000
Dec 2007DetroitUSD 3000
Dec 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 3494
Sep 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 12000
Sep 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 0
May 2007DetroitUSD 6000
Apr 2007DetroitUSD 1500
Apr 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 5000
Dec 2006DetroitUSD 10000
Jan 2006DetroitUSD 3000
Jan 2006DetroitUSD 872
Nov 2005Silicon ValleyUSD 4703
Sep 2005DetroitUSD 4000
Jul 2005DetroitUSD 1235
Feb 2004DetroitUSD 3500
Oct 2003SeattleUSD 1050
Jul 2003Silicon ValleyUSD 5590
Jun 2002DetroitUSD 2100

Total = $348735

Kuvempu project of Bharathi Trust with the help from Asha, runs several non-formal educational centers, imparts vocational training and creates awareness among a cluster of villages around Chitraturga, Karnataka. Listed below are some of the main activities:

- Vidya Kendras (evening school and tuition centers)
- Scholarships to help children complete high school and continue higher education
- Vocational training for youth
- Serves as a resource center for teaching/learning materials and a village Library Network
- Works with children of migrant laborers
- Partners with Government schools
- Helps citizens to obtain entitled benefits from the Government
Introduction and Goals:
The core team of Kuvempu has been informally working together since July 2000.

The overall goals of the trust are:
- to transform individuals to live based on love, trust and compassion.
- to create a society which functions based on equality, justice and freedom.

Among its many action-oriented goals, the trust at this time is able to pursue the following.
a) to run non-formal centres for working and drop-out children.
b) to run motivational centres so that poor children can join and do well in regular school.
c) to create self-employment opportunities by arranging various vocational training programmes in coordination with governmental and non-governmental institutions.
d) to give counseling and guidance to youth towards job opportunities outside their villages.
e) to motivate youth to plant, water and take care of trees and plants on roadside and residential areas.
f) to work for eradication of untouchability and caste-related taboos in public places.
g) to promote harmonious peaceful community living of people of different castes, class and religion.
h) to form cultural team to perform traditional dance and music programmes for community awareness on various social issues.

Brief Background of the Area:

In spite of 55 years of independence from foreign rule, village life in our area of work, currently Chitradurga and Devangere districts of Karnataka, persists in degrading caste taboos, prejudices and inequalities. Madiga people (Dalits in the narrow sense) even today are not allowed inside certain public places such as hotels, given a separate aluminum tumbler and plate if allowed, not served by barbers, not allowed inside temples, etc. This is not to mention the slave-like treatment meted out to them as labourers and servants in private homes. Among the poor Lambadis, rampant alcholism, gambling, thieving and wife-beating, and in some places prostitution of married women is keeping them in total darkness.

For the poor children, though there is easy access to government schools in many villages, most children drop-out by 4th or 5th Std without even clear knowledge of the Kannada alphabets let alone be able to read or write. Many become labourers, some even bonded for 5 to 7 years by their parents to the rich.

Being mostly landless, uneducated and unskilled, the poor youth take to the path of their parents with the same manual labour, same low wages and same hopelessness for betterment. To keep their minds away from the painful problems of life, they often take to drinking, gambling, addictively watching commercial cinemas, etc. and the grip of poverty and deprivation only tightens as the generations pass by.

It is in such an area with deep, age-old and widespread problems that Kuvempu has entered to focus its modest energies to bring out socio-economic changes and build a society based on equality, justice and freedom.
Mar 2017 Budget Proposal 2017-18
Oct 2016 Semi Annual Report 2016-17
Jul 2016 Annual Report 2015-16
Apr 2016 2016-17 Revised Budget
Dec 2015 Site Visit Report - Lalitha and Prem
Jun 2015 Site Visit Report - Kshitij Neroorkar
Jun 2015 2015-16 Revised Budget
Apr 2015 2015-16 Budget Proposal
Dec 2014 2014 Semi Annual Report
Apr 2014 Budget Proposal 2014
Dec 2013 Semi Annual Report 2013-14
Mar 2013 Budget Proposal 2013-14
Dec 2012 Site Visit by Sai
Jul 2012 Annual Report 2011-12
Jan 2012 2012-13 Budget Proposal
Jan 2012 Staff Salaries 2012-13
Dec 2011 Site Visit Report - Gangadhara Mathad
Dec 2011 2011 Semi Annual Report
Jun 2011 Annual Report 2010-11
May 2011 Budget (revised) for 2011-12
Dec 2010 2010-11 Mid year report
Dec 2010 Education Grant - 2010-11 Beneficiaries
Dec 2010 Education grant beneficiaries' feedback
Sep 2010 Site Visit Report - Sai
Jul 2010 Annual Report, 2009-10
Jun 2010 Approved Budget 2010-2011
Apr 2010 Budget Proposal, 2010-11
Nov 2009 Site Visit by Shreyas
Aug 2009 Annual Report 2008-09 - Part 1
Aug 2009 Annual Report 2008-09 - Part 2
May 2009 Approved Budget - 2009-10
May 2009 Teacher Training Report 2008-09
Mar 2009 2009-10 Budget proposal
Feb 2009 Edu Grant Progress Report 2008-09
Jan 2009 Pictures from Site Visit by Sai&Shankar
Dec 2008 Site Visit by Shankar and Sai
Nov 2008 Semi Annual Report 2008-09
Apr 2008 2007-08 Annual Report - Part1
Apr 2008 2007-08 Annual Report Part2
Apr 2008 Edu. Grant Progress 2007-08
Apr 2008 Status of Tailoring Training
Mar 2008 2008-09 Proposed Budget
Mar 2008 Staff and Stock Budget Estimate 2008-09
Jan 2008 Site Visit Report by Sai
Dec 2007 2007-08 Mid-year Report
Dec 2007 2007-08 Education Grant Details
Jun 2007 Conf. Call Minutes
Apr 2007 Conf. Call Minutes
Apr 2007 2006-07 Annual Report
Apr 2007 2007-08 Budget Proposal
Apr 2007 2007-08 Staff Budget
Apr 2007 Audited Statement 2005-06
Mar 2007 Conf. Call Minutes
Feb 2007 Site Visit by Sunil Jayraj
Feb 2007 Photographs from Sunil's site visit
Jan 2007 Conf. Call Minutes
Dec 2006 Budget 2006-07
Dec 2006 Staff Budget 2006-07
Dec 2006 Progress Report 2006-07
Oct 2006 Education Grant 2006
Apr 2006 Annual Report 2005-06
Oct 2005 Q&A 2005 proposal
Jul 2005 Overview_2005_06
Jul 2005 Budget 2005-06
Jul 2005 Q&A 2005-06
Jul 2005 Staff Names with Budget 2005-06
Dec 2004 Vidya Kendra Budget 2004-05
Sep 2004 Site Visit Sep 2004
Apr 2004 2003 - 2004 Financial Accounts
Dec 2003 Progress Report - Dec 2003
Jul 2003 Photos - 2002/2003
Jun 2003 Site Visit by Anita Balasubramanian
May 2003 Buget and Proposal for 2003-04
Apr 2003 Report on science workshop for teachers
Mar 2003 Site visit report by Ramesh Dodamani
Feb 2003 Teacher Training
Jan 2003 Site Visit by Ananth Chikkatur
Jun 2002 Budget 2002-03
Jun 2002 Project Overview
Dec 2001 Original Proposal
Dec 2001 Q & A 2001