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  project name ~ CARAVAN

category ~ literacy and education




  Project Name





SPRAT (Society for the Promotion of Rational ..



literacy and education







  Budget Approved


$ 5000


  Year Approved







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  Chapter Coordinators


Sandhya Govindaraju







-In its effort to promote communal harmony in a Gujarat, SPRAT has taken up Satya Satyagrah at Shah e Alam. The founder of Sprat Mr.Jowher was on a rasahar deeksha from Oct 2 to Oct 15, with other vols from SPRAT joining it.





The recent communal violence in Gujarat brings to forefront the need for rational thinking and harmony among people. SPRAT believes that education leads to rational thinking and tolerance. CARAVAN aims at empowering community through increased learning and earning opportunities. CARAVAN is a network of multipurpose centers, to be located throughout Gujarat and networked. Every CARAVAN center will offer at one place vocational library, workshops on setting up and professionalizing trade and commerce, educational video theatre, inquiry counter for complete socio-economic information (about scholarships, grants and subsidies, soft credit, etc) and building extensive community database for providing useful linkages and employment. The proposal is to fund recurring costs for library, center in-charge and office expenses.





A. CARAVAN EMPOWERMENT CENTRES The sixth CARAVAN centre is coming up at Nadiad with substantial local support. The premises is ready. The fifth CARAVAN at Shah Alam was recently inaugurated by Ms Shabana Azmi and is already serving over a 100 persons daily.Also, four of the five centres have been connected on 24-hr data connectivity basis. B. TALEEM – Basic Literacy Programme SPRAT has completed around 45 TALEEM batches in different cities of Gujarat, providing basic literacy to over 1000 women/children. Currently another 60 batches are on. This number keeps changing every week as some batches conclude and some are started, roughly @ one per week. C. MUSKAAN CHILDREN’S PARK A MUSKAAN [children''s recreation park] is coming up at the junction of Juhapura-Vejalpur [on Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority allotted land] using recycled material with the guidance of faculty of School of Architecture and NID.





At the end of first year, the CARAVAN center will be used daily by 120 people. Basic literacy will be taught to women, employment and scholarship information will be dispensed, vocational training will be given to about 100 people a month.



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