Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti - Lodhar Project

Project Brief: JBVS, Lodhar is a school for economically disadvantaged children in the Lodhar village. These children are deprived of traditional education avenues, and Asha is helping the school achieve its goals for educating these kids.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: children who are working

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Vijay Poduri
Project Partner(s): Madhav Ranganathan
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Lodhar Village,PO Mandhana,Kanpur,
Tel: 91-917275002345
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Jun 2024Silicon ValleyUSD 9879
Sep 2023Silicon ValleyUSD 9745
Aug 2023Silicon ValleyUSD 9471
Nov 2022Silicon ValleyUSD 4449
Sep 2022DelawareUSD 12167
May 2022Silicon ValleyUSD 3995
Oct 2021DelawareUSD 11123
Dec 2020DelawareUSD 5039
Nov 2020DelawareUSD 2758
Dec 2019DelawareUSD 1539
Jan 2019DCUSD 16931
Jul 2018DCUSD 17170
Oct 2017DCUSD 18207
Jul 2017DCUSD 18351
Jul 2016CornellUSD 5041
May 2016DCUSD 9858
Aug 2015CornellUSD 4624
Jun 2015CornellUSD 6639
Jun 2014SeattleUSD 29880
Sep 2013CornellUSD 3925
Jul 2013SeattleUSD 24004
Mar 2012SeattleUSD 24300
Jan 2012DCUSD 4250
Mar 2011SeattleUSD 4600
Mar 2011SeattleUSD 7500
Jan 2010DCUSD 3000
Oct 2009DCUSD 4000
Dec 1999SeattleUSD 2058

Total = $274503

Such social support structures as educational and health facilities are often poor in the northern Indian states like Uttar Pradesh. The situation is perhaps the worst in Kanpur due to a heavy concentration of population. Even the meagre facilities are not accessible to village children. They are often deprived of traditional health and education avenues and, hence, Asha supports JBVS to fulfill its goal for educating these children.

In Kanpur, the migrant workers largely come from Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. They are employed by the contractors in construction, road laying and brick kiln activities. They live in temporary hutments (jhuggis, in local language) nearby their work places. In this adverse economical and social conditions, they can not take proper care of educating their children. They may not even aware of the needs of their education.

To bridge this gap, the JBVS has been successfully running the Swami Vivekananda Vidyalaya (also known informally as Lodhar School) for many years at Lodhar. The Lodhar School has provided the following description for itself (more details are provided in the annual project proposal).

Swami Vivekanand Vidyalay uses innovative teaching techniques to impart effective education. It is hands-on and interactive where the emphasis is on learning by doing. Occasionally, cultural events are organized in which children present skits, songs, etc. There is no corporal punishment in the school and the teaching philosophy is one of compassion for the students. Lodhar and neighboring villages have people predominantly from OBC, Brahmins, Muslims, and schedule castes. However, the school is above any caste or religious bias and strictly adheres to secular and humanist perspective. The children of village Lodhar are given admission on a priority basis. The remaining seats are allotted on a first come first serve to the children from neighbouring villages. Due to lack of space in school more than 100 students are deprived to take admission every year. There are 291 students in the school at present, out which 45% are boys and 55% are girls. The school also provides other services to the children and their families (such as meals, health care, clothing, and so forth).
JBVS's Swami Vivekanand Vidyalaya aims to provide children a holistic education where they acquire literacy, learn formal subjects, as well as inculcate the cherished values of dignity, equality, cooperation, self expression, sense of freedom, self learning, and scientific approach. Our children are aware of health-care, hygiene, nutrition, and computers. The school provides a strong foundation to children so that they can handle their future confidently. It has a team of dedicated teachers, who are constantly exposed to trainings and lectures by students and faculty from IIT Kanpur, Eklavya, and other groups. The idea is to equip the teachers with new pedagogical methods and conceptual foundations in various subjects. The teachers provide a free and friendly environment to the children to learn without fear.
Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti is an organization working for children's education and welfare. It is running schools for the underprivileged children and working towards their social and economic development. It is also attempting to develop an effective and meaningful academic and vocational curriculum, educational materials and teaching kits for primary schools, training the teachers, and establishing alternative employment resources with no undue stress on academic excellence. Jagriti family consists of volunteers and workers from IIT students and faculty, school teachers, villagers, children, and full-time social workers.

During the late eighties Vivekananda Samiti, a student wing of IIT Kanpur along with a few volunteers from outside took up the challenge of educating the children of migrant labourers on the campus. This activity led to a cooperative movement of migrant labourers in 1991. A group consisting of IIT students, faculty, and social workers continued to teach kids of the members of the cooperative. Around 1994 some members of IIT community and social workers felt the necessity of an independent forum to address the issue of education and welfare of underprivileged children. Thus a journey began.
The project is currently seeking funds for an annual budget of about Rs. 20,00,000.
May 2024 Asha SV 2024 Annual Renewal
May 2024 Asha SV-SVVAnnualRenewal-May2024.pdf
Feb 2024 Asha SV Site Visit
Feb 2024 Site_Visit_February_2024_Asha_SV
Sep 2023 SVV Lodhar One-Time Proposal Asha SV (2023-24).pdf
Jul 2023 Asha_SV_Lodhar_Project_Quantification_July_2023.pdf
Jun 2023 Asha SV Annual Renewal
Jun 2023 Asha SV Lodhar annual Renewal June 2023
Nov 2022 Asha SV Mid-Year Update
Aug 2022 virtual site visit report
Apr 2022 Svv lodhar budget proposal
Apr 2022 SVV Lodhar Proposal (2022-23)_Final_220902_182148.pdf
Mar 2022 Site Visit Report
Sep 2021 Virtual site visit report 2021 SVV Lodhar
Apr 2021 Project Proposal 2021-2022 SVV Lodhar
Apr 2021 Asha SV Edu Impact 2021 Proposal
Nov 2020 Budget Proposal 2020 - COVID related
Nov 2020 Nutrition Distribution COVID relief 2020
Aug 2019 Lodhar Project Proposal 2019-2020
Aug 2019 Activity Report 2018-2019
Feb 2019 Site visit Report JBVS
Jun 2018 SVV Proposal 2018-2019
Aug 2017 WAH 2017 Poster
Jul 2017 SVV Proposal 2017-18
Feb 2017 Site Visit Feb 17
Jan 2017 SiteVisitReportJan2017
Jan 2016 2016 -2017 Asha Cornell project proposal
Jan 2016 2016 Proposal: Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti Lodhar Project
Jun 2015 Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti Lodhar Project Proposal for Funding
Jun 2015 SVV Site visit report 2015
Jul 2014 Proposal 2014-15
May 2014 Site Visit report May 2014
Jul 2013 Budget Cornell 2013 -2014
Jul 2013 Budget proposal for 2013-14
Dec 2012 Site Visit Report by Aadhar Jain 2012
Nov 2011 Proposal 2011-12
Jul 2011 Lodhar School Proposal and Budget (2010-2011)
Mar 2011 Site Visit Report March 2011
Oct 2010 Lodhar Updates 2009-2010
Oct 2010 Student Awards_Oct2010
Oct 2009 Updated Budget 2009-2010
Sep 2009 School Photographs_Aug09
Jul 2009 Site Visit Report_14Jul09
Jun 2009 Lodhar School Proposal (2009)
Jun 2009 Lodhar School Budget (2009-2010)
Jan 2009 Past Funding History
Jan 2008 Lodhar Proposal and Budget (2008-2009)
Jan 2003 Lodhar Proposal and Budget (2003-2004)