Here are a few of them ...
Tribal Empowerment Project
The Butterfly Edufields initiative was started by some IIT-IIM alumni in 2005 to make learning easy, enriching, and engaging. Their learning-by-doing programs are aimed at students from 1st to 10th grades and map to the CBSE curriculum, ensuring concepts are learned for life. This initiative offers hands-on learning aids to enhance children’s conceptual understanding of science and math.
Asha Stamford volunteers became acquainted with Butterfly Edufields through a session at a two-day workshop for the teachers and students of Tribal Empowerment (TEP) school, Manipur, which the chapter has supported since 2003. The chapter helps with two persistent and pressing needs: improving the quality of teaching and diversifying the approaches to learning.
First, the chapter voted to fund the workshop, which was treated as a pilot project. Based on the success of the results, it was decided that products should be bought for TEP and other schools.
Bhagwati Sarla Paliwal Education Society (BSPES)
BSPES’ school was started by the Paliwal family in 1986 to educate and empower girls of Jattari, a small town in Aligarh district. Agriculture is the main livelihood of the area and daughters are sent to work in the fields rather than to school while sons are allowed an education. Girls are discriminated against everywhere, in and outside their homes. In this difficult environment, BSPES educates 600 students at nominal monthly fees, ranging from INR 70 ($1) for 1st and 2nd grades to INR 260 ($4) for the 12th grade. Fees are even lower for students whose attendance record is greater than 90% in the previous year.
BSPES has all the basic infrastructure in place. The school is built on 2.5 acres of land and has 32 classrooms. There are 30 teachers with Bachelors and Masters degrees. Two hand-pumps provide drinking water while electricity comes from a 2.5 KW solar panel system. Transport via school van costs INR 350 ($5.30) a month. The library is being redesigned and renovated by another NGO. Students participate in activities like sports, girls’ guide and indoor games.
BSPES goes the extra mile for its students. For example, a bicycle sharing program enables 87 students to avoid walking 4-5 km to & from school; some students have been provided with solar lanterns; and breakfast is available for students that are between 4 and 10 years old. The school is supported by Asha’s Boston/MIT chapter.