Samata - Grama Vikasa Saradhi

Project Brief:
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: children of dalits/tribals

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: New River Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Nagendra Krishnamurthy
Project Partner(s): Prabhavati K
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Plot No. 291, # 10-76,Opp: Holy cross High school, Near: B.V.K.School,Kovilapalem, Visakhapatnam,
ANDHRA PRADESH  530043
Tel: 09247269745
Stewarding Chapter: New River Valley
Mar 2015New River ValleyUSD 1348
Oct 2013New River ValleyUSD 926
May 2013New River ValleyUSD 1170
Feb 2013New River ValleyUSD 1700
Oct 2012New River ValleyUSD 2300
Jun 2011New River ValleyUSD 1250
Jun 2011New River ValleyUSD 1200
Feb 2011KnoxvilleUSD 2500
Sep 2010KnoxvilleUSD 1250
May 2010New River ValleyUSD 1250
Feb 2010New River ValleyUSD 1250
Aug 2009KnoxvilleUSD 1250
Apr 2009New River ValleyUSD 1250
Jan 2009New River ValleyUSD 1250
Dec 2008KnoxvilleUSD 1250
Nov 2008KnoxvilleUSD 625
Jul 2008KnoxvilleUSD 625
Apr 2008KnoxvilleUSD 1250
Jan 2008KnoxvilleUSD 1282

Total = $24926

Grama Vikasa Saradhi (GVS) society was established on April 25, 2000, to put collective wisdom, experience and resources available to better the quality of life, in the selected villages in and around Tattabandha panchayati, Ravikamatham Mandalam of Visakapatnam District,AP, so as to set a role model for other to emulate. This project aims at supporting the GVS upper primary school (standard I to VII). The school is located in a society of poor agrarian, semi-tribal, and other backward class families mostly dependent on rain-fed agriculture with smallholdings. None of the schools students are employed though they spend some time helping their parents. Education is very negligible in this area. This was a primary school (I-V) until May 2002 after which it was converted to Upper Primary school (I-VII). Five batches (26 students) of students have passed 7th class from GVS School. Now these students are spread over the mandal in various schools for their higher studies. Asha-Knoxville and Asha-New River Valley are collaborating on this project. Site visit was done in February, 2008.
In the year 1999 two scores of men and women of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh were toying with the idea of forming a social service organization to uplift the quality of life of the rural folk. They identified villages in and around Tattabanda Panchayat of Ravikamatham Mandalam in Visakhapatnam district of A.P. as the area of intervention. The first litmus test occurred when it was proposed that the members of the organization have to work spending their own resources without seeking any reimbursement from the organization. That left only eleven members. These eleven volunteers met at Dimili village (near Yellamanchilli) on 13.02.2000 and formally decided to form an organization for integrated rural development. The name proposed and accepted was “GRAMA VIKASA SARADHI”. Thus was born an organization with pockets full only with commitment. The organization was duly registered as “Society of Grama Vikasa Saradhi” under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. The Registration Number is 1631 dated 25.04.2000.