Timbaktu Collective - Prakruti Badi Fellowship Program

Project Brief: Affiliate program of Asha Bangalore's SAC program with Prakruti Badi school to provide need based fellowships to students pursuing higher education
Project Type: Support a Child (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Bangalore
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Ankush Dixit
Project Partner(s): Bablu Ganguly
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Prakruti Badi, Timbaktu Collective,,Chennakotha Palli village,,,
Stewarding Chapter: Bangalore
Jan 2017BangaloreUSD 19604
Jan 2016BangaloreUSD 2979
Dec 2015BangaloreUSD 1711

Total = $24294

Asha Bangalore has been running a SAC (Support A Child) program for Prakruti Badi(PB) school (part of Timbaktu Collective). PB provides education upto class V after which students can join the KGBV school set up by the govt. under RTE for free education upto class X. This program is an effort to provide end to end benefit to PB students by offering them need based fellowships to complete their higher education. This is proposed in 2 tiers - Tier 1 is a smaller fellowship amount for students from std. V to X and Tier 2 is a higher fellowship for students pursuing degree and PG programs as required.
Timbaktu Collective is a rural development organization working in the three mandals - Chennekotha Palli (C.K.Palli), Ramgiri and Roddam of India's second most drought prone district, Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh. For over 20 years they have been working on issues of rural development through Eco-restoration, Child rights, Youth development, Disability rights, Alternative banking with women, Organic farming and producer owned business enterprise development.

During the course of their work they came across children from difficult family circumstances, orphans and neglected children from poor households. This led to the establishment in 1994 of Prakruti Badi, a residential alternative school, for these children. The school enables them to enjoy childhood and blossom in a free, joyful and open environment of learning amidst nature.

Prakruti Badi provides free food and all round education while catering to the health needs of these 65 children. The children explore the world through the use of all their faculties. Arts and crafts, dance and drama are not considered extra-curricular but are an imperative part of the learning process.