Asha Trust - Asha Samajic Vidyalay - Support A Child (Lucknow)

Project Brief: Students from Asha Samajik Vidyalaya,Lucknow, non-formal education center will be selected on the basis of merit, need and commitment will be provided funding to attend formal schools.
Project Type: Support a Child (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Lucknow
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Raakhi Agrawal
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts: Mona Sehgal
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Stewarding Chapter: Lucknow
Aug 2007DCUSD 1848
Mar 2007DCUSD 1440
Aug 2005DCUSD 2600

Total = $5888

To encourage and help slum children to attend formal schools, Asha Samajik Vidyalaya (ASV), Lucknow, selects children from its non-formal education centers on the basis of student merit, interest, need, and parent commitment. ASV non-formal education centers provide educational opportunities to over 360 children and operate in the following areas in Lucknow: Nadwa, Madiyaw, Ismail Ganj and Janaki Plaza. The ASV Support-A-Child (SAC) program helps selected children by funding their school fees and other related expenses, as well as providing these students with after-school tutoring. ASV SAC started with over 30 children in 2005, but after some organizational changes in ASV, only 19 students were supported by Asha-DC in 2006. The number of children is expected to increase in the next few years.

Since the Lucknow slums where ASV operates are not yet regularized and recognized as slums by the government, the children and parents living in these areas are under constant threat of eviction. The average family size is 8 to 10 members. The parents are rag pickers, domestic workers, hawkers or fruit vendors. None of them have regular and secure source of income and are forced to survive below the poverty line. Most parents cannot afford to send their children to school. Although, ASV is working to get more children go to regular schools, many of them are forced to drop out due to family or other reasons.
Identify and support formal school education of children in urban slums.
ASV works under the auspices of the Asha-Lucknow chapter of Asha India. Asha volunteers have been active in Lucknow region since the return of Dr. Sandeep Pandey to the region in 1996. Chunnilal, the coordinator of ASV-Lucknow, and a team of nine teachers is work toward the education of children in the non-formal education centers in Lucknow slums.