Asha Trust - Anandan

Project Brief: A school for slum children...ages from kindergarten upto 4th grade. Vocational training for slum women.
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Yale
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Ranitendranath Tagore
Project Partner(s): Indrani Ghosh
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 7B Mandeville Gardens,,Kolkata,
Stewarding Chapter: Yale
Oct 2007YaleUSD 5000
Aug 2007YaleUSD 5000
Feb 2007YaleUSD 5000
Dec 2004YaleUSD 1500
Dec 2000YaleUSD 500

Total = $17000

Asha-Yale provided funds for furniture and children's toys during the start-up stages of this organization. In 2007, funds are being sent for expansion of the computer classes.
The Anandan school tries to provide children with a stimulating environmemt for learning. The children are encouraged to participate in various extra-curricular activities, and taken on excursions, inter-city competitions, etc. Some children also receive financial support for formal education.
The vocational training center for young women runs classes in tailoring, computers, and beauticians courses. Graduates have had success in starting their own businesses.
To provide basic literacy and a stimulating environment for learning, which will enable children to continue in formal school. To encourage self-reliance in women through vocational training.
Anandan was started in 1999 by a group of middle-class housewives with the aim of providing joyful education to underpriviledged children. Initial seed money was provided by the founding members themselves. Later funding from individuals and agencies including AfE, AID, Children in India (Belgium), and UN Women's Guild (Geneva) has helped the organization grow. Currently the organization consists of 8 board members who serve as volunteers, 8 teaching staff, and 2 non-teaching staff.