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  Project Name


Remand home hobby classes



VRDC (Vanasthali Rural Development Center)



education - child







  Budget Approved


$ 2160


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Amit Basole












Vanasthali Rural Development Center is based in Pune, Maharashtra. It was established in December 1981 and since its inception the organization has been actively involved in activities relating to womenís empowerment and child education in rural Maharashtra. VRDC seeks to give top priority to the overall personality development of the rural woman. The two-fold endeavor is to make her the focus point of all activity, so that her potentialities are fully utilized and to make her a catalyst in the process of rural development. The second aim of the organization, i.e. child education is achieved through the running of balwadis (age 3-6 yrs.) and hobby classes (age 6-12 yrs.). Balwadi i.e. nursery school for age 3-6 for every village is VRDCís motto. They also insist that the pupils as well as the teacher must belong to the soil of the region.





In addition to two site visits (made in December 2001 and October 2002) we have continued to receive feedback from the NGO in the form of writings, crafts and drawings by the remand home children and activity reports by the teachers. In addition we also have the 2001 and 2002 issues of the special Diwali magazine published by VRDC. This magazine contains articles written by the teachers recounting various experiences they have had in their association with VRDC. The photograph shows a drawing made by one of the remand home children enrolled in Vanasthaliís hobby classes. We have also had the opportunity to meet with senior Vanasthali worker, Mrs. Manik Kotwal, personally during her visits to Durham and to learn more about VRDCís vision and plans.





The goal with this project was two fold: 1. To support rural women who dedicate a lot of time to giving a quality education to underprivileged children. 2. To support children in remand homes whose educational experience is greatly enriched by their association with VRDCís programs. The proposal requested funding for hobby classes in four remand homes located at Baramati, Kolhapur, Sangamner and Shrirampur. Children housed in these homes usually come from poor families, broken homes etc. where parents are unable or unwilling to take care of them. In addition to the compulsory government schooling that every child in the home gets, VRDC teachers offer these students much needed love and affection. They spend two hours every evening in the home with a group of ten to fifteen children. They sing and dance with them, tell them stories and follow up on their school-work. This makes the childís education a more enjoyable and productive process.



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