Gwalior Hospital and Education Charitable Trust (GHECT) runs a project named “Help Children of India”. Snehalaya – the “home with love” is a multi-disciplinary campus with community living that promotes environmental, economic and cultural sustainability for vulnerable marginalized and underprivileged people. Snehalaya spreads across 25 acres near Gwalior City, Madhya Pradesh.
IDRF Partner Since: 2015
Focus Area: Education
Location: Madhya Pradesh
Project Title(s): Corpus Fund for Snehalaya and Education of Poor Girls from Villages
GHECT is responsible for executing the majority of development projects including Snehalaya campus where a special-needs school, a girls’ school and from which rural medical programs are run. The Snehalaya School for predominantly girls, was started in 2011 with about 70 students that were mostly drop-outs from nearby villages. Snehalaya aims at empowering the women by educating girls and helping them break out of the cycle of oppression and stand on their own feet. These women can help their families by being productive members and also be able to educate their children. The school had started with classes from Kindergarten to 6th and gradually added 7th, 8th and 9th classes. The number of students attending the school has also increased to about 300, and has a capacity to accommodate 500 students. The school is planning to expand yet again by adding classes up to 12th.
The school is also planning to pay all girls Rs. 10 per day of attendance in school. This will act as an incentive for parents to send their daughters to complete their studies. The money will be deposited in the bank account of the girl and she will be able to get a lump sum amount for her use on the completion of her schooling. The school provides free education, transportation, books and uniforms, etc. to all the students. As the number of students attending the school is increasing, the school is in need for more school buses to help more rural students get to the school. IDRF provides funds for running this school.
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