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  project name ~ Snehibhavan 2013

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  Project Name


Snehibhavan 2013



Adivasi Dalit Women''s Empowerment Study Cent..



Women Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 707400


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Paula Buck











The Jackfruit project was founded by members of AID Lewisburg to support Snehibhavan, a home for tribal and dalit girls in Kerala. Since Snehibhavan was funded through The Jackfruit Project with the help of AID Chennai in 2007-08, the main change is that Snehibhavans parent organization, the Adivasi Dalit Womens Empowerment Study Centre, has finally, with the help of AID members, received its FCRA. The structure of the Jackfruit Project has also changed in that Women’s Estate, active in the founding of the project, no longer plays a significant role. Instead, AID Lewisburg communicates directly with Snehibhavan, and Snehibhavan is using sources other than Women’s Estate for its enrichment activities and mentoring, though some members of Women’s Estate still serve on the advisory board.

We are looking at funding the basic operating budget of the home, including food, school fees for English language instruction, salaries for a live-in tutor, a cook, and administrator; extra-curricular classes and mentoring for the girls, and training/education programs for the older girls.





The mentoring program has seen three of the older girls through vocational training programs. A live-in tutor has joined the staff and has helped the girls progress in school, some of them now in English language school. An English-speaking administrative assistant has made direct communication between AID Lewisburg and Snehibhavan possible. Extracurricular classes in tailoring and embroidery as well as theater and dance have enriched the girls’ education and helped to build self-esteem. Great progress has been made on the physical facility of the orphanage, including repairs to the roof, completion of the multi-purpose living space, and the addition of a new kitchen, washroom and bathrooms. A water harvesting tank has enabled the home to get through the dry season without purchasing water. In addition to its parent organization receiving its FCRA, the home has now purchased the land adjacent to its current facility and is making progress toward registration with Kerala''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Orphanage Control Board and access to government funding.





The FCRA now obtained, the project aims to continue to support the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the girls through schooling, tutoring, mentoring, and expanded extracurricular activities. We hope to provide viable futures through continued vocational training and counseling. Snehibhavan continues to work with local organizations to raise funds for a new building, which will bring them into compliance with the Orphanage Control Board. The ultimate goal is to help move them toward increased self-sustainability, perhaps through the purchase of land with rubber trees or some other form of cottage industry.



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