Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Kendra - Anandalaya

Project Brief: Vivekananda Kendra Odisha Seva Prakalpa was set up in 2006 to support development of rural communities in Odisha. Project Anandalaya was set up to achieve objectives related to education and to overcome high drop out rate in schools.
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Danbury
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Ashok Panigrahi
Project Partner(s): Shri Laxminarayan Panigrahy
Other Contacts: Naheed Qaisar
Project Address: , VK Odisha Seva Prakalpa- VIVEKANANDA KENDRA,Jamuhata mining school road,Keonjhar,
ORISSA  758001
Tel: 011 91 6766255954
Stewarding Chapter: Danbury
Dec 2022DanburyUSD 9805
Dec 2021DanburyUSD 7653
Dec 2020DanburyUSD 7731
Nov 2019DanburyUSD 5163
Jun 2018DanburyUSD 7974

Total = $38326

Anandalaya: The drop-out rate of students in schools in Ghatgaon block in Keonjhar district and Jujumura block in Sambalpur district of Odisha is high. To overcome the problem, Vivekananda Kendra Odisha Seva Prakalpa runs 20 anandalayas during before and after school hours in both districts. Over the years, the model has helped recruit youth as paid acharyas (teachers) to the anandalaya while keeping otherwise school drop-outs motivated and to stay in school. Acharyas currently are paid Rs.4000 per year. It has caused them to look elsewhere for jobs leaving the anandalayas with no one to teach the students. To solve the problem, Asha Danbury will help to increase the honararium of acharyas by 65% to Rs.12000 per year and of supervisors by 40% to Rs.2500 per year. We will also provide financial support for training of acharyas, cost of books and uniforms. We will initiate by supporting 10 anandalayas in Ghatgaon block in Keonjhar district, where the site has been visited in 2017 and 2018.
The goal of the organization is to promote social, economic, cultural and spiritual advancement of the masses living in rural and tribal regions of Odisha by - 1) conducting service activities in the fields of health, education, nutrition, agriculture, and environment 2) helping individuals develop themselves 3) providing sap for healthy growth of associative village communities and 4) helping create an adequate foundation for sustainable development in the underdeveloped regions of Odisha.
Target group and area: All sections of people living in rural and tribal regions of Odisha with a focus on village school students and poor children, village youth, women and senior citizens.
Realizing the vast rural and tribal areas of Odisha that need a focused attention for sustainable development, Vivekananda Kendra felt a need to intensify its activities in these regions. To achieve its objectives in Odisha, Vivekananda Kendra Odisha Seva Prakalpa” was launched in 2006 and a multitude of programs within the organization have helped to promote various developmental activities in Odisha during the last ten years. The organization offers its services in town and rural areas of 12 districts of Sambalpur, Baleswar, Bhubaneshwar, Baripada, Keonjhar, Gunupur, Banapur, Gopand Brahmapur. The concept of anandalaya, was introduced and set up to achieve development objectives related to education.