Mahila Vikas - Tribal Children

Project Brief: Leraning centers from std. 1 to 3 for saura tribal children who don't go to school due to lack of enough seats in government schools
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: dropouts (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Stanford
Status: Support ended.
Project Steward: Nikhil Bojja
Project Partner(s): Sibani Panigrahi
Other Contacts: Mohit Saigal
Project Address: , Mahila Vikas, Palace Street, Parlakhemundi 761200,Gajapati District, Orissa, India,,
ORISSA  761200
Tel: (+91) 6815 224679
Stewarding Chapter: Stanford
Dec 2011StanfordUSD 6600
Jul 2011StanfordUSD 5630
Feb 2011StanfordUSD 7760
Jul 2010StanfordUSD 7521
Apr 2010StanfordUSD 4937
Sep 2009StanfordUSD 4870
Feb 2009StanfordUSD 4500
Apr 2008StanfordUSD 5310
Aug 2007StanfordUSD 4401
Nov 2006StanfordUSD 4040

Total = $55569

Mahila Vikas is undertaking a project titled “Promotion of Girl Child Education of Primitive Tribals” in the Gajapati district of Orissa. This is one of the most backward areas of Orissa and is occupied by Saura Tribals. Due to limited school capacity and the inability of parents to send their girl children to government schools far away, there are an estimated 2000 girl children who are school dropouts. Mahila Vikas will establish a learning center for these children attending grades 1 through 3, and transition them into a government school subsequently. There is a great degree of community support for the project and a strong desire to remedy the situation.
The project seeks to accomplish the following goals:
· Provide education and healthcare to tribal girls and empower female population.
· Provide primary education to girl children of ages 5-12 years from class 1 through class 3.
· Run 15 bridge course centers in 5 panchayats to enroll dropout and non-school going children in govt schools.
Mahila Vikas has a wealth of experience in tribal development and has successfully executed other social welfare projects in the area ameliorating the economic and social status of women (accelerated female literacy project helped educate about 15,000 tribal women in the 15-35 year age group). All the volunteers in Mahila Vikas are from the Saura tribal community. Its founder, Mrs. Pramila Sabar is also a member of this community. Mahila Vikas’ long-standing involvement with the community helps it garner support from the locals. It involves them in various facets of decision-making and utilizes existing infrastructure in the villages. They have also done work in organizing micro-financing self-help groups, and water and sanitation.