CARE India is part of CARE International Confederation working in 87 countries. CARE began its operations in India in 1946. In the last 60 plus years, CARE has been working on various issues of health, education, livelihoods and disaster preparedness and response. Their major focus is on developing the potential of women and girls to drive long lasting equitable changes. CARE works in 15 Indian States, through 44 projects in the fields of Health, Education, Livelihood, and Disaster Response and Preparedness, which are innovative in their approach and touch the lives of 36 million people.
CARE has been working with Government of India on various initiatives such as the Mid-Day Meal, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar etc. They are recognized worldwide for their contribution in disaster response and rehabilitation work in places such as Jammu & Kashmir Earthquake, Hud Hud in Andhra Pradesh, Nepal Earthquake etc. In the education sector, CARE has been working with the state governments on improving quality education in 746 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya schools (KGBV) in UP and with the NGO named ‘UDAAN’ (ensuring education to girls who dropped out or never went to school) in four states namely UP, Bihar, Odhisha and Haryana. The major Donors of Care India are DFID, USAID; Global Fund, European Union, The World Bank, UN Agency- UNICEF Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, The Happold Foundation, Eli Lilly Foundation, General Mills Foundation and The Hans Foundation; Cargill, Barclay, PepsiCo Inc., AXA.
Proposal – Pragathi April (April 2016 – March 2017)
India, with 1.4 million Out of School Children (OOSC), ranks amongst the top five nations with children aged between 6 to 11 years as quoted in UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (2000-2015). Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are the two states which contribute significantly to this number. Dalit community especially the girls are bereft of any opportunity to continue their schooling. The Bihar Government has adopted Special Training Centres (STCs) which is a part of Right to Education Act (RTE), however, the ultimate objective of mainstreaming is not achieved. STCs are Residential and Non-Residential.
THF supported the Residential Centre in October 2015 but the project got stalled due to sudden withdrawal of financial support from the government and CARE signed an MOU to work in Non-Residential Centre which was planned for the second year. They targeted four districts too remained the same namely Gaya, Jehanabad, Nalanda and Nawada.
In the second year, CARE India will continue to focus on building capacities of major stake holders especially of teachers of 15 NRSTCs called Education Volunteers (EVs) to improve the learning level of 675 children as per their age. In addition, parents, community, government schools and authorities will also be proactively engaged and streamlined to make an enabling environment for children will be mainstreamed in government schools.
The major activities will be around as follows:
- Onsite support for Teacher Development and strengthening Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Establishing an organic linkage between school and special training centre for children to naturally adjust to schools
- Creating network of head teacher, orientation of school management committee and involvement of government school in STCs
- Technical support, M & E, building capacity of major stakeholders especially of government appointed Master Trainers called AIE (Alternative and Innovative Education) coordinators
- Sensitization of relevant authorities at the level of district, state and nation on issues of OOSC
The fund request is for team members, operational costs, resources for NRSTC, community & advocacy activities honorarium to EVs (though Bihar government has budgeted for this but to avoid any more risk of withdrawal of support).
The Organization mainly operates in two districts of Nagaland i.e. Dimapur and Mokokchung. The Head office is located in Grace Colony, Kuda Village ‘C’, Nagarjan, Dimapur. Over the years CECS has worked with the state and central governments. Some of its major funders are The Hans Foundation, Wipro Cares, Ministry of Women and Child Welfare and Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Proposal – Community Education Centre School, Dimapur (April 2017 – March 2018)
These children from the mixed migrant community who were child labourers, school drop outs, and were trafficked are now rehabilitated by the organization. CEC School follows the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) system of education. Here, 20 teachers are supporting the education of 550 students. Children are also involved in extra-curricular and sports activities and there is continuous parent and teacher engagement programs being conducted to discuss the progress of the students. In the past few years, CECS has been able to reach out to approximately 800 plus children (including the existing students and some who migrated to another city).
In the initial proposal, THF had sanctioned funds to CECS for the construction and one-year operation of Rajeshwari Karuna School in Tuli, in the year 2012. The Rajeshwari Karuna School that was inaugurated in April 2015 is around 6 kms away from the Tuli town. The facilities constructed under this project are two-story school, hostel & staff quarters building, garage and a guesthouse. The school has 27 classrooms, staff room, computer lab, art room, administration room, head master room and one assembly hall. The school building has maximum capacity of accommodating 500 students. In first academic year April`15-16, total 69 students had been enrolled, out of which 27 were hostel residents and rest day scholars. Since, funding till now for RKS was done basis the 2012 proposal, this year THF had asked CECS to submit new proposal with a detailed budget. For the pedagogy and teaching methodology, CECS has tied up with a Gurgaon based organization called ‘XSEED Education’. CECS charges nominal fee from students and through this earning, they have started contributing towards the overall expenses of the school.
As a result, HEAL has developed the HEAL PARADISE VILLAGE project at Thotaphalli in Gannavaram Mandal located in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. The organization has bought 25 Acres land and has built a school to accommodate 1000 children. Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST) has supported them with an amount of Rs 13.80 crores for the construction of dormitory for 1000 boys and girls in the premises of Heal Paradise Village.
The present proposal is a continuation project for Education, Health and Residential support to 200 children (orphan/poor/children of single parent) at Heal Paradise Village in Thotaplli, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The School provides holistic support to the children including formal education (English Medium-CBSE syllabus ), health, food and residential care.
It also provides food & accommodation to their staff. HEAL has a plan of providing classes from 1st grade to 9th grade with an increase in number of students every year till it reaches 1000 children in next five years. THF will support 200 children for the period of 3 years ( April 2016-March 2019) with 5 % increment in 2nd and 3rd year budget. The defined support will be given against the recurrent cost which includes salaries, food, health, accommodation, uniforms, books, stationery, maintenance of buildings, etc. For sustainability of this project, HEAL has created a corpus fund which will bear the 50% recurrent cost of the School and remaining cost will be arranged by the donors. They aim to build up a corpus of Rs 100 crores.