Naveen Samartha Vidyalaya

Project Brief:
Project Type: Tuition Centers (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Detroit
Status: completed - requirements ended
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Stewarding Chapter: Detroit
Dec 1999DetroitUSD 250
Dec 1998DetroitUSD 250

Total = $500

Naveen Samartha Vidyalaya is one of the four schools in Talegaon Dabhade of Pune district. These 4 schools cater to the population of Talegaon (40,000) and surrounding 2/3 towns (population 20,000), 5 villages (population approximately 7000) and 10 "Wadis" (Wadis are places smaller than villages with an approximate population of 2000). NSV was started in 1906 by late freedom fighter Annaa Vijapurkar.

Talegaon is a beautiful scenic town in Maharastra about 30kms from Pune and 25kms from Lonawala. Talegaon and nearby towns have government schools for primary classes till 4th standard and are funded by the local municipalities (All surrounding villages and wadis have no schools at all). Beyond 5th grade the only choice of school is NSV or the rest of the three.

Most of the children's parents are either laborers who work on the farmlands or small time helpers. These children typically have to walk 3 to 4 kms every morning to attend school. After these kids get home, they usually have to help their parents with farming chores or activities such as preparing food, taking care of cattle, feeding young one's etc.