Jeevan Vidya Trust

Project Brief: Jeevan Vidya operates lodging and boarding facilities for 85 tribal girls in Nandurbar. These girls attend local schools close by. It is a sister project of Jan Seva which runs a similar facilities for boys.
Project Type: Other (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Deepali Bhagvat
Project Partner(s): Martina Fargose
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Near Mhada Colony, Korit Road,,Nandurbar,
Tel: 9637871258
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Jun 2017SeattleUSD 30816
Oct 2016SeattleUSD 8329
Jan 2016SeattleUSD 14200
Dec 2014SeattleUSD 6048
Mar 2014SeattleUSD 6273
Mar 2013SeattleUSD 6675
Nov 2011SeattleUSD 387
Nov 2011SeattleUSD 3380
Jul 2011SeattleUSD 3680
May 2010SeattleUSD 3530
Feb 2010SeattleUSD 3525
Feb 2009SeattleUSD 1620
Feb 2009SeattleUSD 1670

Total = $90133

Jeevan Vidya operates lodging and boarding facilities for 85 tribal girls in Nandurbar. Nandurbar is 10 hours by road from Mumbai. The offices are located a few kilometers from the center of the town. Jeevan Vidya provides lodging and boarding facilities for 85 girls from neighboring tribal areas. These girls attend schools close by to the boarding facility. Jeevan Vidya started a year back and is a sister project of Jan Seva which has been operating for 15 years. These two organizations are independent of each other but they share the same ideology and operational practices. The children who avail the benefits of these facilities come from villages located around 50-60 kms away. Girls are from 5th to 12th grade and belong to very poor families. Most of the parents in this area are farm workers. The children attend a local missionary school for which they are not charged any fee.

Children are encouraged to be independent and disciplined. The children wash their own utensils as well as their clothes. Both the facilities have a fixed time-table that the children are supposed to follow. It is ensured that they get enough time for both studies and play. Janseva and Jeevan Vidya only provide boarding and lodging facilities, so there are no classes or teachers. Local volunteers teach children organic farming and in the process, impart some vocational training. Most of the children return to farming and contribute to their communities.
15 years ago Janseva Mandal approached the management of Nirmala Niketan, an institute for social and especially women's development based in Churchgate, Mumbai, for women activists to assist Janseva's developmental services in the adivasi area of Nandurbar District.

Thus Jeevanvidya began as an adivasi women's development cell - promoting herbal health, education, credit groups and panchayati raj participation - under Janseva Mandal.

However in due time the activists concerned thought it appropriate that the women's initiatives be autonomously set up and managed. In accordance with this line of thinking Jeevanvidya moved out of Janseva Mandal two years ago into its own premises affording a compact resource centre, training facilities for women and an adivasi girls' boarding.