NGO: Vatsalya Trust


The primary objective of the Vatsalya Trust is the care and rehabilitation of destitute children through their orphanage as well as other social programs. The organization’s focus areas extend beyond the care of children, and include other women’s empowerment and education efforts.

IDRF Partner Since: 2008

Focus Area: Women’s Empowerment

Location: Maharashtra

Project Title: Patient Assistant Course


The Patient Assistant Course program, which began in 2005, is a women’s empowerment program in rural Maharashtra. Under the guidance of qualified nurses and doctors, well over 700 economically disadvantaged girls have gained a quality technical education in the medical field. A unique feature of this program is the emphasis the participation of tribal girls. Each cohort of students has included around 10 tribal participants who receive room, board, and tuition completely free of charge.