Kaivalya Trust - Kedi Residential High School for Tribal Girls

Project Brief: Our dream for these tribal girls is not only to give them an opportunity to enhance their self-esteem by intellectual and mental progress but also to empower them to lead a self-reliant and fulfilling life.
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: vocational training

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: NYC/NJ
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Tushar Shah
Project Partner(s): Aparna Kadikar
Other Contacts: Shailen Mistry
Project Address: , Kaivalya Trust,Tithal,Dharampur,
GUJARAT  396006
Tel: (02632) 240550
Stewarding Chapter: NYC/NJ
Nov 2016NYC/NJUSD 11810
Feb 2016NYC/NJUSD 16416
Dec 2015NYC/NJUSD 14362
Nov 2014NYC/NJUSD 11492
Jan 2014NYC/NJUSD 9798
Apr 2013NYC/NJUSD 16924
Dec 2011NYC/NJUSD 16346
Dec 2010NYC/NJUSD 19300
Apr 2010NYC/NJUSD 7578
Dec 2009NYC/NJUSD 20000
Nov 2009St. LouisUSD 2500
Dec 2008St. LouisUSD 2500
Nov 2008NYC/NJUSD 22000
Sep 2008NYC/NJUSD 16750
Jan 2008NYC/NJUSD 8000

Total = $195776

We have a different vision for the girl students of ‘Kedi’, since the conditions, the culture; the society and the set of problems of this forest covered region are vastly different from those of the city area.

Our dream for these tribal girls is not only to give them an opportunity to enhance their self-esteem by intellectual and mental progress but also to empower them to lead a self-reliant and fulfilling life. We wish that they aspire for as much higher education as possible after successfully clearing their exam of standard 10 of the Gujarat Board. We want them to make meaningful contributions in their society and have a distinct identity so that they can skilfully handle the responsibility of educating their future generations.

We wish that they leave school with an exposure to the life-enriching literature and fine arts, and not only with plain education and the ability to earn their living. They should leave with an innate desire to create an inclusive and progressive society.
--- Core Philosophy - The core philosophy of Kedi Residential School is to provide relevant formal education along with vocational training system which can prepare them to work and live in their own villages. Thus, to use literacy as a vehicle of social mobility and as a method for increasing market value for employment. The ability to take independent decision and the desire to take personal responsibility are the major objectives of the education.

--- Area Profile – The catchments area, Dharampur and Kaparada Talukas, are pronounced backward area. 95% of its total population inhabits hamlets which are located 3 to 5 and more kms away from each other. There are some Primary Schools and only 3 to 4 High Schools in the vicinity around Dharampur.

--- Rational - Even today, in the tribal communities of Dharampur and Dang Districts the parents are giving negligible importance to the girls’ education due to economical and social limitations. The sporadically and distantly located High Schools lead in the number of dropouts. Hostel facilities are extremely scarce.

--- Education - Based on this philosophy, using alternative inter-active teaching methods, the school will follow Gujarat State School Board curriculum. All the students will appear for the final Board Examinations.

--- Self Reliance - In order to help them become self reliant, along with education, we will provide vocational guidance. It will help make their families economically more self sufficient. Such vocational skills will enhance their self confidence, self esteem and help develop independent personality.

--- Vocational Training - During the courses of four years, we will offer them following vocational training.

--- Agriculture – Students will learn about different types of soils, various crops, disease of plant and their treatments, cross breed seeds, grafting, types of fertilizers, water and soil testing, proper storage of food grains, awareness of harmful effects of chemical fertilizer and pesticides.

--- Nursery - Prepare saplings, drip irrigation, landscape design, wormy culture, green house, grafting, and use of natural fertilizer.

--- Food Products – Various Pickles, Use of Solar Cooker for daily cooking and to prepare Dried Fruits Based Products, Milk Products, Herbs Drying, Assortment of Snacks and Mukhavas.

--- Nursing/Medical Assistance – There is an acute need for qualified well trained nurses. We have a project in the pipe line to start nurses training program in near future.

--- Craft and Bamboo Products – Decorative items for events decoration, Handy Crafts and encouragement to local folk arts as well as basic carpentry, construction skills, appliance repair and use of various basic tools.

--- Machine and Hand Embroidary –Jerdoshi and hand embroidery stitching.

--- Cutting and stitching - Cutting and stitching variety of dresses, Bags, Hand Bags and Soft Toys Making

--- Computer – Provide basic working knowledge of MS Office - Word, Excel, and Power Point – as well as basic graphic programs.

--- Marketing – We will also provide hands on marketing training for their products.
Kaivalya Trust is a group of friends talented in various fields of life. The group aspires to provide a supportive and conducive environment that would benefit the Adivasis of Dharampur Taluka [Dist. Valsad, South Gujarat, India] to progress educationally, economically, socially and thus to bridge the wide gap between rural-urban society. With this view the trust organizes talks, seminars, workshops, camps and teachers training activities.
Nov 2016 Kedi Budget Proposal 2016-17
Oct 2016 Kedi Meeting Minutes 2016
Oct 2016 Kedi Proposal 2016
Sep 2016 Kedi Site Visit & Proposal
Jan 2016 KediSiteVisit_Tushar_Jan2016
Dec 2015 Kedi special funding 2015
Nov 2015 Keri Budget 2015-16
Oct 2014 Budget & Funding Proposal 2014
Jan 2014 Kedi Site Visit Report
Nov 2013 Kedi Budget 2013 14
Nov 2013 Funding Proposal for Kedi 2013-2014
Mar 2013 Site Visit Report March 2013
Sep 2012 Kedi site visit report 2012
Sep 2012 Kedi site visit report 2012
Sep 2012 Visit Report to Kedi 2012 by Jyoti & Tushar Shah
Sep 2012 Kedi Website
Sep 2012 Kedi_Budget_2012_13
Sep 2012 Kedi Funding Proposal 2012-13
Sep 2012 Kedi Funding Proposal 2012-13
Dec 2011 Kedi School Budget 2011_12
Nov 2011 Progress Report And Funding Proposal for Kedi yrear 2011-201
Oct 2011 Quality of Education Questionnaire filled by Kedi
Feb 2011 Site Visit by Shailen
Dec 2010 KEDI Budget 2010-11
Dec 2010 MOM_Dec7th_2010_11
Oct 2010 KEDI FUNDING PROPOSAL FOR YEAR 2010-11
Mar 2010 KEDI_Vocational_Training_2010Budget_EOH_R1
Mar 2010 KEDI_Vocational_Training_Budget_Mar_2010
Mar 2010 KEDI_EOH_Note_Mar_2010
Jan 2010 6month Progress Report
Dec 2009 KEDI visit Report Dec 2009 by Jyoti And Tushar Shah
Nov 2009 St. Louis Approval Minutes
Nov 2009 Photos from Mitul Desai
Oct 2009 KEDI_2009_Proposal_Conference_Call
Sep 2009 Kedi Budget 2009-10
Sep 2009 Q&A Sep2009
Aug 2009 KEDI Progress Report And Funding Proposal 2009
Aug 2009 KEDI Photos of Completed School Building
Aug 2009 Article on Kedi from Indian Express
Dec 2008 Pics taken during Visit in Dec 2008
Dec 2008 Visit Rport to KEDI by Jyoti & Tushar Shah Dec 2008
Nov 2008 KEDI_construction_2008_09
Nov 2008 Construction_budget_2009_2
Aug 2008 KEDI Report & Budget for Year 2008-09
Dec 2007 Site_visit_Dec_2007
Dec 2007 ApplicationForDonationDec07
Dec 2007 KediSiteVisit-JotiTushar
Sep 2007 Annual Report 2006-2007
Sep 2007 Financial Projection 2007-2008
Aug 2007 Kedi Construction Budget
Feb 2007 Kedi Information
Feb 2007 Kedi Trust Information
Jan 2007 Letter from the Trustees