Fatima is the oldest sister within her eight member’s family. She applied to the program after Gram Vikas Trust informed the school she is attending that the Trust would have provided bicycles to girls who found it hard to go to school. She says, "her life has improved for the better: being able to get to school faster avoids any time wasting and gives her the chance to concentrate even more on her studies." Her grades have improved considerably since she entered the program and, although she is just in the 7th grade, she has already started to think about her future, considering the option of enrolling into university and pursuing an engineering degree. Her family is very satisfied too. Without Gram Vikas Trust’s donation they would not have been able to provide such means to Fatima. She used to spend One hours walking from home to school and then back again. Her father, who is a farmer and occasionally works in industry on daily wages, thinks that the program has had a positive effect on his daughter and that in general it is a good program. Her mother, a housewife, while worried for the safety of Fatima and requiring her to cycle safely, views positively the fact that her daughter spends less time in going to school and can finally use this time to focus on the studies. The younger sisters of Fatima, although she is too young for a bicycle now, are considering the idea of applying to Gram Vikas Trust’s program in the future.
ArjunbhaiRathod Is a member of the CPC of Detral village In Bharuch district. However, his 10 year - old daughter, Daksha, did not go to school. Arjunbhai is only breadwinner in his family of seven. Daksha was made to help her mother at home. This was a unique dilemma for the entire CPC. If a member himself did not send his child to school, how would anyone take the committee seriously? The CPC head GirishSolanki and the Gram Vikas Trust’s Development Activist Vinodbhai Learnt that the teachers at the school made children work and that is why Daksha had stopped going to school. They then convinced Arjunbhai to speak out against this practice. They also made the teacher realize that this practice of making children perform chores at school had resulted in Daksha losing interest in her education. The teacher promised to ensure that such incidents would not take place in future. Now, Daksha goes to school regularly and cheerfully.
“Change is the only constant” Change if perceived and accepted in a positive way, can transform lives and impact them positively in many ways than one. Transformation is the lifeline to betterment. Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) infuses the blood of the communities in which it operates with just that.
The strategy that GVT embarks on to ensure a holistic development of the rural community is two-fold. First, it’s about generating developmental opportunities for the rural populace and second is bring these opportunities to fruition by engaging their skills and efforts, an astute example of the philosophy of transformation through the people for the people. The Fly ash bricks manufacturing project of the Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal is a case study endorsing the same.
Fly ash, a waste by-product emerging from the captive power plant lies in abundance on the periphery of Dahej GIDC Industries. Identifying ways in which this waste could be put to better use was one of the challenges faced by the concern industries. After a careful analysis and study of the construction industry, it was discovered that an optimal usage of this material could be the manufacture of fly-ash bricks the demand for which is on a constant rise for both commercial and private purposes.
The bricks made from a mixture of fly ash, gypsum, copper slag, lime and clay powder are proven to be a robust support in creating infrastructural facilities. The construction industry in the industrial sector is one of the biggest consumers of the bricks, which are used for varying purposes of canal building, road building, building construction, compound wall construction among others. The requirement for fly-ash bricks is on the rise for the extension of the Industries. Several government agencies regularly avail of fly ash bricks for creating infrastructural facilities in the rural interiors.
Production of fly ash bricks has become a lucrative business in today’s times, with the government making it mandatory for all clay brick-manufacturing units to include fly ash as an input in the proportion of 25% of the total raw material. Besides the legal requirements, the production of fly ash bricks is considered conducive to an eco-friendly environment as compared to clay bricks, which are made through a chimney process thereby proving detrimental to the atmosphere. Another advantage of fly ash bricks is that the cost of production is less thus bringing down the price per brick to Rs. 1.25 in comparison with the clay bricks, which are priced at almost double the rate of Rs. 2.00 each.
The beginning of this success story dates back to GVT being nominated by the District Rural Development Agency as one of the NGOs to implement the SGSY project in Vagra Block. On being bequeathed with this responsibility, GVT first set out to form self-help groups of rural women in the neighbouring villages numbering 28. Through baseline surveys and participatory rural appraisal techniques a total of 67 below poverty line families were identified.
A systematic plan was formulated starting with promoting the concept of self-help groups and their awareness creation through the means of video shows organised in the villages. The films focussed on the benefits accruing from self-help groups and showcasing similar success stories of NGOs operating in the other regions of Gujarat.
This was followed by one-on-one interactions with the prospective beneficiaries and their families. The final list of 20 women who were selected for this project was finalised and at this stage a focus on rapport building with these women was stressed. The self-help group was then registered and christened Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal. It started with an initial saving of Rs. 20 per month per member.
The 20 women were then sent for practical exposure and knowledge to neighbouring areas where the concept of self-help groups had been successful. GVT played the role of acquiring linkages with the bank for this group. After successful savings for a period of 6 months, the self-help group started an internal loaning scheme, which was extended for the purpose of health, education and agricultural activities. After a year of successful operation, the group got its first loan from the bank for an amount of Rs. 45000, which was given to four members for setting up small scale businesses.
Since the demand for the traditional field of woodcutting that provided most of these families’ daily wages seemed to be waning rendering the husbands jobless, the self-help group repeatedly discussing with representative of GVT on its part thought through the possibility of exploring the fly ash brick-making project. An exposure visit of Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal members organised to visit the fly ash brick-making unit located at Kamrej near surat.
On seeing the confidence and enthusiasm of these women, GVT set forth organising a meeting with the District Development Officer, where in a proposal for the fly ash bricks manufacturing unit was submitted under the SGSY Scheme.
The proposal was accepted by District SGSY committee and the government on its part decided to sanction the machinery for this project, to a tune of Rs. 3.11 lakhs. The commitment undertaken by GVT was to support in arranging supply raw material like fly ash, gypsum and copper slag, free of cost to the self help group. The members of this group approached the Panchayat and met the Sarpanch along with the GVT team to get a sanction of land, with water and electricity supply for the project. Finally the Gram Panchayat conceded in allotting a plot of land in village Bhensali, in close proximity to the main road. This was granted on a commitment by the women to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 1000 to the Gram Panchayat. A wise and respectful business move.
Thus began the journey of transformation of this highly charged and motivated group of village damsels. The equipment was installed on 6th Dec. ’04 and alongside training, production commenced on the 8th of Dec. Each one an entrepreneur in her own right, with a never-to-give-up attitude, toiled endlessly facing the hardships of learning on the job and initial teething problems. The initial output was a daily production of 400 bricks, which increased to 2500 bricks a day after the elapse of the first 15 days. The month of January ’05 has been witness to still a further increase in production to 3000-bricks/ day and to date the record has been bettered to 3500-bricks/day.
The entire produce of bricks is collected twice a week by the government contractors who have been making extensive use of the same for the construction of 36 sardar awas in the This was followed by one-on-one interactions with the prospective beneficiaries and their families. The final list of 20 women who were selected for this project was finalised and at this stage a focus on rapport building with these women was stressed. The self-help group was then registered and christened Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal. It started with an initial saving of Rs. 20 per month per member.
village of Lakhigam. Road contractors, canal construction contractors, masons requiring bricks for school repair work, villagers needing bricks for the repair of their personal homes as well as the contractor for the dahej industrial area are the list of customers that Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal has managed to create in a record time of three months. The business is run on similar lines as any professional outfit, where job rotation, on the job training and division of labour are some of the management concepts adopted for betterment of productivity.
The project site has had several visitors of repute ranging from important government officials – Bharuch & Navsari District Rural Development Agency Directors with their teams & Deputy District Development Officer Taluka Development office, to NGOs – Jan Shikshan Sansthan Director with his team of 50, to various media whose desire is to air this grand success story– Star Plus, Door Darshan, local newspaper – Sandesh, Gramya Suhas and executives of various industries.
Besides the list of eminent visitors, the project has created an attraction value for several self-help groups who now wish to replicate the same in their areas.
The project has become a pilot case study in showing the involvement of the community for its betterment through its own efforts. The outcome has been overwhelming with each woman now earning daily wages to the tune of Rs. 90/day. Besides this there have been several intangible benefits as well. These women are now viewed with greater respect. The village elders route all village related issues through this group and consult them on various issues of significant. The spill over effect of this has been the improvement in the status of women at the micro level within the family and at the macro level within the society, increase in the education level of children and the members of Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal playing the role of motivators and acting as role models to women of other self help groups. In celebration of World Women’s Day (March 8th), these women ambassadors were specially invited by the district authorities of Bharuch to address an audience of more than 2000 women at Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Hall, wherein they shared there trial and success stories.
Ploughing back a part of their earnings to the society is something that these women are conscious and passionate about. It is indeed a touching gesture when these women contributed a part of their earners to help the community. On one occasion they paid for the entire treatment of Lakshman Bhai Vasava, a tribal villager who was inflicted with a severe infection in his foot, rendering him unable to walk. Similarly, Kanchanben again a tribal villager was given financial and moral support by these women in conducting the final rites of her deceased husband. Donation of a cupboard to the primary school on request by the teachers, is yet another of their noble initiatives.
Every journey ends when the destination is reached. But for these women of Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal the journey is endless, the destination is upliftment and progress of their counterparts. The fire in their bellies to do well and better with each day is something that we all need to learn from. They have a vision to impart to their fellow womenfolk the training required to start similar set-ups. Their desire to utilize the site for continuous commercial production as well as provide a training ground for more women is an initiative that will hold them in good stead.
We toast a beautiful life as a tribute to the dedicated lady entrepreneurs!
Gram Vikas Trust started this initiative program in support of girls for who wish to continue higher education. Under this program young girls get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Gram Vikas Trust have provided bicycle to hundreds of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust also organizes five days residential “JivanUtkarshSibir” (career development) for these girls.
The Aladarvillage of Vagra block have up to 6th standard Government run primary schools. Since 2009 none of the girl children enrolled in 7th standard. No girl children educated up to 8th standard from the village. The Female Literacy rate of the village is also lowest in the block. 100 % drop out rate among the girl children after 6th standard. In the year 2009 onward Gram Vikas Trust decide to provide Bicycle to each girl who passed 6th standard from the village school and enroll them in nearby village Goladra in 7th standard. Since 2009 onward 100 % girls from Aladar village enrolled in 7th standard and after 7th standard they enrolled in 8th standard in Kadodara village for studying upto10th . This is the history in the village that bicycle motivate girl children and parent to reduce drop- out rate from 100 % to 0 %.
All the village girls are really happy that they got their own bicycle thanks to the help of the donators and so they wants so say “Thank you” to all people who show interest on the needs from rural girls like them.
This year in 2011 we have donated 250 more bicycles to the school girls in drought prone villages of Vagra block of Bharuch District..
I am thankful to the donors who have supported theses young girls to dream whatever they wish to. We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in for our future projects.
Like most girls her age in Kapalsari village of Bharuch, Jaheda Bibi’s schooling came to a full stop as soon as she cleared her 7th std. that she was a promising student was of no consequence. That she wanted to grow up to be a teacher herself one day was brushed aside like one of those impossible daydreams. Dreaming after all was just an indulgence.
Reality was that she had a paralytic father. Her mother had to work as a house keeper in the more affluent families of the village to make ends meet and even that fell short. Her 3 younger siblings needed care. And most of all, Jaheda was just a girl. The very burden of all these realties was sufficient to squash any dreams jaheda’s innocent eyes nurtured.
So Jaheda took care of her brothers and sister and an ailing father when her mother was away. During the cotton season she took the additional responsibility of plucking cotton for an additional income. And on other days you could find her selling potatoes in the village. Her childhood was so easy to sacrifice at the altar of duty and tradition.
NIruben, the development activist from GVT Bharuch, was at her wits end to bring home to her parents, the gravity of the sacrifice that they were asking her to make. For three months Niru kept going back to her parents continuously and regularly. She invited Jaheda’s mother to attend the Child protection Committee’s meetings where discussions were on about children’s rights and their importance. Jaheda herself was absorbed in the children’s group where she got a few hours to live up her real age.
The persistence finally bore results; Jaheda has been re-enrolled in school. Her siblings go to the aanganwadi. And for now Jaheda’s is reliving a childhood that she almost lost.
Steering to School, Pedaling to Prosperity
In our project areas of Bharuch district in India, more than 85% of girls enrolled in primary schools drop out by standard 5th&7th . Although primary education is free in Government run schools, transportation costs deter rural families from sending girls to school. These families seek a suitable alternative solution to make education a reality for their girl children.
“I want to become a Computer engineer”. This was the aspiration of Ms. KaushikaGohil. Gram Vikas Trust started "Girl Child Education Through Bicycle" program in support of girls who wish to continue higher education. Under this program girl’s get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Gram Vikas Trust has provided bicycles free of cost to 500 of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust also organizes five day residential programme called "JivenUtkarshSibir which provide career development council for these girls. In one of the workshop Ms. KaushikaGohil said, "Without bicycle I would have dropped out of the school and would have become wage laborers in fisheries. I want to become a "computer engineer". High schools education brought aspiration to these young girls as well as her parents.
Gram Vikas Trust has provided more than 500 girls a bicycle since the start of the program.
Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch appreciates our donors support for the noble cause.
Breaking Caste Stereotypes
Pankaj Belongs to a nomadic tribe. They were living in Adol village in Bharuch Block for a few years until recently when the family moved to Tankariya, a village nearby. The house that they live in is nothing more than the shelter supported four wooden sticks.
When the principle of Adol primary school,Farukbhai, asked pankaj’s father, Paragbhai, to send him to school, he was met with skepticism and anger, Paragbhai said no one had ever suggested this to anyone in their community, ever. Not did he disbelieve Farukbhai, he suspected his motives.
No one in his community had been to school. “we are Labourer’s and our children will also be labours,” was his response.
The Principal kept visiting the family time and again. He explained to Paragbhai that educating Pankaj would empower the boy to make better decision in the future. After a lot of persuasion, Paragbhai relented on the condition that no one should hurt his son and that he should be well-fed in school. That was the first hurdle crossed. The Family did not have any legal papers or birth certificate needed for admission. Pankaj’s did not even have a fixed name. Farukbhai named him pankaj and admitted him to the school.
Pankaj was one of the first children to go to school from the nomadic tribes in the area. Today, he is class 2nd. Though he lives in Tankariya, he insisted on going to the primary school in Adol because all his friends,and his favorites teacher Farukbhai, are there. He is biggest student in his batch. All the teachers look forward to his bright future. He aims to become a police officer one day.
In the end of December month GRAM VIKAS TRUST has organized Child Assessment activity in Aangandwadi on school readiness skill. Child assessment activity has been organized in 80 villages with 913 children. This activity we done with 4 to 5 year children of aangandwadi. We also involve parents in this activity, for this activity gvt provided colors and drawing page in all villages of children.
At first we started activity with home visit, D.A do home visit of all children who are studying in aangandwadi and not study in aangandwadi of village. Aangandwadi parents are exited for to see this activity.
We started activity by taking help of aangandwadi worker, Aasha worker, parents of aanganwadi and non- aangandwadi children. In this Program we do the activity of ‘maro prayatn marisafalta’, Drawing and mari Safalta, balko no vikas ne chakasvu ane jovu. For that at first we make a group of children and sitting them in round. After make a group of children we distribute Drawing sheet to each and every child. All children has started activity by own their knowledge. All parents are observing the activity of their child. After this activity has been finished we finding certain result of the parents that those children who comes in aangandwadi regularly, they can do drawing very easily because of their Linguistic, mathemathecal development is properly increasing with their age. But who are not comes in aangandwadi those children Linguistic, mathemathecal development is not properly increasing.
Rudimentary children parents are also there. So aangandwadi worker and Development activist of the village did meeting with all aangandwadi children parents. All parents have been made aware that your child is too poor in compare of his age. So far as your child physical development is concerned, it is so less than other child. In aangandwadi by help of Bala-penting children gets knowledge regarding animals, vegetables, fruits and length. By which children mathematical development and linguistic development will improve and child excitement of learning grows together by seeing another child. And child physical development will also increase. So please send your child in aangandwadi regularly. Those parents are made aware that you have also done some activity for your child who will improve your child physical and mathematical development. All parents have to spend some time with your child.
Active and developing child has given good performance in all activity. They do help of Rudimentary child. All children do help of each other and give suggestion base of their knowledge. Parents are so happy by seeing this program; Parents gives their views as bellow by seeing this activity;
AWAKENING PARENTS OF CHILD LABOUR : A JOURNEY FROM TEA SHOP TO SCHOOL
During the field visit we stopped at one tea stall for having tea at that time we saw one small child on highway who had been working there. To watching him as a child labour on a tea stall I immediately asked one man who is the owner of tea stall about that child, so he told me that the boy was his grandson. When asked his name he told Rayjibhai Rathod. He has been running his tea-stall on Dahej highway in Vesdada near a petrol pump. After that when we Suggest rayjibhai that you are a grandfather of Akshya, so you have to send him to school. That time he told us by speaking a Cheap language, that always I guide to Akshay for a school, so it’s not my fault.in any case he do not like to go school. Therefore I told him to do Animal Husbandry and sit on a tea-stall. After do conversation with him we told rayjibhai that it’s not our right. Akshay is a small child, so how should we tell him to do a laboring? First of all you think about your childhood, at that time your father told you to do animal husbandry and field work, so how do you feel? Then Rayjikaka told us that if Akshay want to ready for a school then I appreciate him and send him school at that moment. After that I never told him for laboring except study. When i asked akshay that why should you not go to school? Is your teacher beat you? Then akshay answered us that no it’s not matter for it., but my teeth is red so all my classmates are tease me. We asked akshasy that why your teeth is red? So he told that I eat “ GANGA SOPARI” there for my teeth is red.so we told that it is a dangerous for our health don’t eat any kind of sopari again. After that when we asked him that are you going to school tomorrow? He told that I don’t know, I see in next morning. I don’t make any promise with you that I surely go school tomorrow.
When next day morning we went for a school visit of Akshay at 11:00 o’ clock, we saw Akshay in school, and we write not to leave school at any cost in his ‘slate’ After that in lunch time he met us and told me that He always come to school regularly.
We had organized government officers’ training on 8th February 2012 and in this training all government departments such as Samaj Suraxa department, ICPS officers, CDPO, superintendent of observation home, Nari Sanraxan Kendra officer had come.
During this training superintendent of observation home Mr. Bharatbhai Thakkar gave information about government scheme for orphan and single parent children. He added that if Gram Vikas Trust takes initiative and gave us information about these children we would give most priority about that. Keeping this in mind we conducted a survey of orphan and single parents children, we found total 436 orphans and single parent children in which girls and boys.
After getting information ICPS officers had survey and checked whether they fulfilled government criteria for such benefits in particular schemes. ICPS had selected 183 orphan children in which girls and boys. All these children got benefitted of this scheme.
Similarly in October 2011 we had organized government teachers’ training on school development plan. After this training teachers had supported us in making SDP with SMC members.
Eksal is a 30 k.m Far from Bharuch. The Industrial colony is near to Eksal. There are 1 to 8 Standard School in Eksal, besides that there is an also English medium school of Birla Copper in a village so that 4 children of Eksal studied in English medium school. In C.G group we have 8 to 9 children who studied in village school. We do meeting with all children once in a Month on the topic of Child Labor, Child Rights and Child Marriage.
During the December month meeting we discuss that we have to something unique for village which helps the children of village for that we take opinion of all c.g group. There for all c.g member gives different types of opinion. C.g group member told that, Gram safai, Street Play, Rally, calling those children at home who are not going school. By taking all opinion, Development Activist of village suggests that we have to do something unique which helps you in future, because in future perhaps we might or not might be work with you. So in our absence also c.g group activity runs the same in future. So that we have Decide one single place, when we meet, do meeting and all our activity. The development activist has decided for framing a one C.G office in village. After hearing about c.g office all c.g member become happy. They thought that C.G office help them for their exam preparation, completing homework and solution of child abuse case.
Development Activist and C.G Member find one place for an office. That is an old panchayat office. All c.g member and d.a of the village going convince to Surpanch of Eksal and take permission for convert an old panchayat in c.g office. After take permission with surpanch they start to clean old panchayat office to convert into c.g office.
After cleaning that room all c.g members hanging poster, painting, child rights banner on a wall of office. After preparing room for c.g office all c.g member do opening ceremony of c.g office. They also involve CPC, S.M.C, SURPANCH, AANGANDWADI WORKER IN this ceremony.
D.A. Laxmiben meets her girl and inquiry about marriage than she girl fill comfortable and express her filling front of her. They girl was crying and tells laxmiben they don’t want to marriage. After laxmiben meets with her parents and trying to convince them stop this marriage. In the girls house the father of girl was died and step father was present. The family member forceful tries to complete the marriage. After that laxmiben was return office and tell this truth about the marriage to program Officer Mr. Chetambhai and program manager Mr. Brijeshbhai. And in the organization all P.O, P.M, C.C. and D.A. seat to gather and discourses about what is the solution or next step of this. All member of organization immediately visit the girl’s home and trying to convince her family members. But in the family give argument with them and tell the girl have no father and who care of the girl, girl was very problem for family and the boy’s family was well settle and rich etc. they also trying to convince broker or Agent of who arrange this marriage but his also give excuses. the team of GVT was understood in this marriage some dealing of money by broker/Agent. they family also sing a song of Poverty.
Last they family not convince for GVT team member, the Program Officer Chetanbhai give detailed information to C.W.C. and C.W.C is very positive response and inform the District Superintend of police on the Date: 10/02/2012 Saturday give return application of this circumstances, for stop this Child marriage. The next day the girl’s marriage is comes on the Date: 11/02/2012. All villagers and C.C and D.A. give positive response and support of stop the marriage. Though the marriage stop on the day so all area get I beautiful massage.
On the day Date: 11/02/2012. The Barat comes in khariya village (the marriage boy come with family for marriage). The time was start of countdown of marriage ceremony but no single police comes in the village, all villagers and C.C. and D.A. call on call of Program Officer Chetanbhai. Program Officer Chetanbhai also contact of DSP office and local police station in Zagadia. But they were Problem of official procedure. Program Officer Chetanbhai give G.V.T. & SAVE THE CHILDREN to police station. They get answer from police station; this marriage is arranged by girl so we can’t do anything. Last they give information about the application of DSP office by C.W.C. so police come in alert and finally Police Jeep comes in village Stop Marriage.
Teacher says “Vishnu comes to school regularly now.”VILLAGE: MALPORE
This is Vishnu’s story which was informed by CG during Life skill Training. In this story orphan child Vishnu became irregular due to loneliness. Earlier he used to go to school with his brother but after his brother joined High school in zaghadia, He became irregular in school but CPC’s efforts worked and he came back to school.
Malpore is 8kms.far from Zaghadia and 39 kms far from Bharuch. Malpore has 1100 population and all are tribals. There is a primary school till std.8 and 162 (82boys, 80 girls) children are studying in this school. Vishnu is one of them. He is in standard 3.
Vishnu has 3 elder brothers. Two brothers are in zaghadia high school. Biggest brother is an agricultural labour. His father stays alone; he drinks liquor all time and never gives money in house. Vishnu’s mother got second marriage and left whole family with small girl child when Vishnu was studying in std.1. Vishnu and his brothers are staying with their grandmother named Lalitaben. Lalitaben is working as a domestic helper in Bungalows at zaghadia. Since last year Vishnu was regular but from this year his elder brother came into high school and he had to go to Zaghadia for further study. So Vishnu became alone at home. Every day early morning Vishnu’s two brothers go to school, elder brother goes to farm and grandmother goes to household work in bungalows.
So Vishnu used to play whole day in village. He goes to school without having bath, wearing dirty clothes. Teachers send him to have bath and change clothes but Vishnu never return to school later on. He used to play in village, when his grandmother came home he came with his grandma. Slowly he ignored to go to school and run away for playing.
DA (Dharmishtaben) told Vishnu in life skill training to come with having bath and wearing clean clothes. She also told to cut the hair all time Vishnu’s reply was YES but never act. CG group said “Dharmistaben Vishnu does not come to school, when teachers sent him to have bath he would not come back to school and just play whole day in village. DA decided to meet his grandmother, next day she went to Vishnu’s house with two CPC members named Ushaben and Jeevanbhai. They told all about Vishnu to his grandmother Laliataben. Lalitaben Called Vishnu and told him having tears in eyes “Vishnu why you do not go to school? You must go to school alone with wearing clean clothes. Your father does not give money for food. If I stay at home for your school what about our daily food? Your mother run away keeping all of you here, your mother does not think about you. I will give you food till my life but what about after my life?” After home visit Vishnu did not go to school but Dharmishtaben and CPC members (Ushaben and Jeevanbhai) regularly visit him and at last got success to send him back to school.
When DA (Dharmishtaben) visited school teacher Bhavnaben told “Vishnu comes to school regularly now.”
CPC members said “It is our duty to keep watch on school, we will regularly visit school and not any single child would drop out.”
Name:- Bhavnaben Ashokbhai Vasava
Father: - Ashokbhai Vasava
During My Field Visit I heard one matter regarding the migrant girl whose name was Bhavnaben Ashokbhai Vasava. She was studying in std 4th in pungam ,which is a village of Ankleshwar taluka, but because of some family reasons of her, she would be make migrant with her whole family in Kavitha village. Because of living in kavitha village for a Permenent base, her father is go for Bhavna's Admission in kavitha primary school. Principal of kavitha primary school has indicated for School leaving Certificate of Pungam, where the bhavna was studied at far,but Bhavna's Father has no received any School Leaving Certy from pungaam Principal. so that when he was meet with the principal of pungaam in school and asked him for a LC of bhavna, then because fear of falling ratio of student, he told her Father that you may continue the study of bhavna in kavitha village, but I make attendance of her in our school. but the principal of kavitha village ignore to give admission to bhavna without School Leaving Certificate. so because of that big confussion of Bhavna's father, Bhavna has stopped her study. at last 20 days she would be find in her house.
When we know all this things that time suddenly we meet our program officer, and with program office I meet with smc member and told him the whole stories. so smc pramukh suggest that give an application to primary schho DPEO Bharuch and BRC Of an ankleshwar.
After that in kavitha school we do the smc metting. (in the absence of GVT). SMC Take Decision for sent Application, but the principal of kavitha village refused for sending application and he immediately inform CRC. by hearing all this things CRC come immideatly in smc metting. after hearing all smc member in smc mitting, CRC take decision that he will meet the CRC of an Ankleshwar and discussed the whole matter with him so in this case you have to not take any decision of sending an Application to any DCPO of Bharuch and BRC of ankleshwar. so CRC told that he take whole responsibility of getting School leaving certy of Bhavna.
After passing 2days The Head master of Pungaam School calling Bhavna's Parents and smc pramukh for School Leaving Certy. now, Bhavna is Admission in kavitha primary school. Now she goes Regularly in school.
‘’MAINSTREAMING VULNERABLE CHILDREN HAS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE’’ says Shayraben
Shayraben Ismail Daula is a lower middle class Muslim woman having lot of hope in her. She is 32 year old woman staying in KASAD village of Bharuch district. This story is saying Shayraben’s journey from CPC member to Development activist with lot of change in her village and people’s mindset.
Kasad is Muslim dominant village where Vasava and Rathod tribes are second largest community. Total population of the village is 1442 from which Muslim, rathod, Vasava, Vankar, Rajput, Patel and Brahmin community. The village has primary school till standard 8 and 117 children (64boys, 53girls) are studying. The village is 10 kms away from Bharuch. When project started in 2009 I was a housewife staying in Kasad village. Once it was a CPC meeting in AWC, I was not a CPC member that time but curiously went there and listened to all discussion during meeting. When I was listening interestingly cluster coordinator asked me whether I wanted to join CPC or not. I asked him what to do in this committee? He gave me information about the project, it was such a thrilling activity that I felt and I became CPC member.
I was very much interested in mainstreaming children who were irregular. Any child if I see at home immediately I take him and put him/her into school. If I see any girl doing domestic work other than school going I felt very sad. Because when I was in 10th and wanted to have higher education but my family and society did not allow and during my 16 years age I have been married. It was absolutely child marriage. Therefore as a CPC member I gave my all efforts to children for school going. Meanwhile GVT has given data of 13 out of school children. When I surveyed all these children were not going to school. GVT wanted to start STP class for these children. Before I joined GVT I was taking tuition class of children without taking money so I asked to run STP class. From February 2011, it was a new responsibility given to me as an Educational volunteer (EV).
When I started STP class I had lot of problems such as counseling children, their parents, and education would be more interested so children come back to school. In the beginning I had to go everyone’s home to call for evening class. During STP class I became child with children. Different books were given for children. It was such a useful books and I had taught all books to my children. In the June 2012 all children were reenrolled to school. It was a happiest moment in my life because I saved all these children from child labour whatever I faced in my life these children would not face. Second time I was very happy when my work praised during NUTRITION WEEK CELEBRATION in September and my photo was selected on the front page of state level report.
At the same time DA of this village left working and because of my hardworking in STP class GVT proposed me for DA. I accepted this job and now I am working as DA since last 3 months. My aim is making child labour free my villages. Whenever I go to school all these children tell me “Ben why you are not coming to teach us?” and I answer them “I am teaching your parents and all village people that not to send your children in labour but send them to school.”
Still 7children in Kasad, 4in Mahudhala and 3 in chavaj villages are joining in labour work. I have a lot of work to save them from child labour. Now mainstreaming all vulnerable children has been a part of my life.
Shayraben I Daula