Vikasana Organization for Education and Social Development - Bridge School

Project Brief: VIKASANA is a non-governamental organisation (NGO) working in 165 villages of Tarikere and Bhadravathi taluks of Chikmagalore, Shimoga districts respectively. Asha is supporting a Bridge School for child labourers and migrants.
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: children who are working (description)

Secondary Focus: children of migrant workers

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Sharan Asundi
Project Partner(s): Varghese Cleatas
Other Contacts: Sowmya Dayanand
Project Address: , Vikasana,,PB # 23, Near SJM College, Chikmagalur Dist. Karanataka,Tarikere,
KARNATAKA  577 228
Tel: +91 (08261) 422570
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Dec 2017SeattleUSD 9176
Mar 2017SeattleUSD 7464
Jan 2016SeattleUSD 6681
Nov 2014SeattleUSD 8670
Aug 2013SeattleUSD 7014
Aug 2012SeattleUSD 7280
Feb 2012UFloridaUSD 2930
May 2011SeattleUSD 2700
May 2011SeattleUSD 3000
May 2011SeattleUSD 3000
Jun 2010UFloridaUSD 3000
Apr 2010SeattleUSD 8225
May 2009SeattleUSD 7300
Nov 2008Work an HourUSD 13370
Sep 2008SeattleUSD 5954
Jul 2008UFloridaUSD 1000
Mar 2008SeattleUSD 2200
Jan 2008SeattleUSD 2200
Dec 2007SeattleUSD 5289
May 2006SeattleUSD 1500
Dec 2006UFloridaUSD 0
Dec 2006SeattleUSD 4810

Total = $112763

Asha-Seattle and UFlorida have elected to sponsor a Bridge School in the State of Karnataka, run by a Non Governmental Organization called VIKASANA. The project is aimed at addressing the Child Labor problem in India. The project encompasses a cluster of 10 villages in Shimoga district in Bhadravathi taluk. The area is rain fed and also houses some of the big industries. The people living in this area work in farms, coffee estates, hotels, garages, fisheries, jaggery processing units or as workers in small scale industries for low wages without any incentives and other facilities. Adults are forced to migrate in search of employment to earn their bread. The migration of their children with them generates dropouts from school. After dropping out of school, children are forced to work with their parents, some of them working in coffee plantations and bricks making, or as agricultural / domestic workers to supplement income for the family.

The project started with a 3 year plan with Asha Melbourne and aimed at providing Non-formal education classes in Bridge school child labor center to motivate the children to get back to the formal schools. It is now into the 4th year and is promising enough to warrant considerations for expansion. The money provided by Asha-Seattle will be used to create an environment to educate the drop out children, enabling 25 children each year to join the main stream of society. In the past two years of Asha UFlorida and Asha Seattles's support, the project has endeavored to return about 50 children to school. Once these children are ready to join the main-stream education, the local community and SHGs and the taluk and district level federations will take the responsibility and look after the kids’ needs and make the project a success and sustain the process in the future.

Considering the experience the organization has in the area of agriculture and farming activities, UFlorida is currently evaluating a proposal from VIKASANA for a pilot argo/farming initiative which hopefully over the next 5-6 years will render the bridge school self-sustaining. Funds were generated through Work an Hour 2007.
VIKASANA as an organization itself has been involved in the Tarikere/Shimoga region for over a decade. Asha's involvement with them is to help run a bridge school in Bhadravathi.

1) To rehabilitate children of migratory laborers or child laborers through education

2) Start a pilot program in agro/farming to achieve self-sustenance in 5-6 years & impart farming techniques to landowning migratory laborers

3) It is expected that mitigation of migratory laborer problems will remove the requirement of the current bridge school in the area
VIKASANA is a non-governmental organization (NGO) currently working in 205 villages of Tarikere and Bhadravathi taluks of Chikmagalore, Shimoga districts respectively. It was incepted in the year 1988-89 and since its inception the organization has been working with the local people towards their economic, social, environment and education promotion. Over the past 14 years VIKASANA has worked to identify the needs and meet the aspiration of the rural poor and weaker sections through participatory approaches. Awareness raising, community health, child labor eradication and rehabilitation, environment protection, HIV/AIDS awareness, income generation activities, joint forest planning and management, natural resource management, poverty alleviation, small family concept, sustainable agriculture development, watershed development, women and child development programs, promotion of local groups and involvement of the groups in development activities are the major areas of involvement for the organization.
Bridge school to provide academic foundation to child labourers before they can be enrolled in mainstream school.
Dec 2017 Site visit report Dec 2016
Dec 2017 Sustainable Agriculture in Asha supported land Jan - Dec 2015
Jul 2017 Brdige school report Duglapura Jan 2016 to July 2016
Jan 2017 Fund Request Jan 17 - Dec 17
Jan 2017 Brdige school report Duglapura Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Jan 2017 Fund request BS Duglapura Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Jan 2017 Financial Report Jan - Dec 2015
Jan 2017 Financial report Jan - June 2016
Jan 2017 Purchases for Jan - June 2016
Feb 2016 Audited Statement Duglapura Bridge school 2015
Nov 2015 AnnualProjectUpdate2015
Aug 2015 SiteVisit2015
Jan 2015 Budget2015
Aug 2014 AnnualProjectUpdate2014
Aug 2014 Budget2014
Aug 2014 BridgeSchoolUpdate
Dec 2013 SiteVisit
Jun 2013 AnnualProjectUpdate2013
Jun 2013 Budget2013
Jun 2013 VikasanaWrite-Up.docx
Jun 2012 SiteVisit2013
Apr 2012 AnnualProjectUpdate2012.ppt
Apr 2012 AnnualReport
Apr 2012 AuditStatement2011
Apr 2012 Budget2012.xls
Feb 2012 Approval_minutes
Dec 2010 Budget 2011
Jun 2010 Approval_Minutes_2010
May 2010 Site Visit Report 2010
Mar 2010 Bridge School Budget 2010
Mar 2010 Land Development Activities
Mar 2010 Land Agreement
Mar 2010 Vikasana_project_presentation
Mar 2010 Vikasana_Project_Proposal
Oct 2009 Conference_call_minutes
Feb 2009 Alternate Budget for Self Sustainance Project
Jan 2009 Budget for Self Sustainability Project
Nov 2008 Sustainabilit_approval
Nov 2008 Revised_budget_sustainability.doc
Oct 2008 WAH_07_proposal_revised
Aug 2008 Site Visit Report
Jul 2008 Interim Funds Approval Email
Jul 2008 Site_visit_photos
Jan 2008 Basic Budget Jan08-Apr08
Jan 2008 Q&A on Farming proposal
Jun 2007 WAH2007Budget
May 2007 Coverletter-May-2007.doc
Apr 2007 Basic budget May-Dec 07
Apr 2007 Confrence call
Mar 2007 Audited-Finances-2006-2007
Dec 2006 Site Visit Report
Dec 2006 Progress report - 2006
Oct 2006 Wah 07 proposal
Oct 2006 Coverletter-Oct-2006
Sep 2006 Confrence Call
Jun 2006 Annual Report
May 2006 Coverletter-May-2006
Mar 2006 Audited-Finances-2005-2006
Dec 2005 PFSU-2006
Dec 2005 SiteVisit Dec 2005
Mar 2005 Audited-Finances-2004-2005
Dec 2004 Progress Report 2005
Dec 2004 Questions and Discussion
Dec 2004 Bridge Sustainability proposal
Dec 2004 Bridge School in Pictures
Dec 2004 PFSU-2005
Dec 2003 PFSU-2004
Dec 2003 ProgressReport-April2004
Sep 2003 SiteVisit Sep 2003