It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Board Member and Vice President of IDRF, Mr. Dileep Thatte (based in Maryland, USA). He had been a valued member of our team since 2013. He was a big supporter of women’s empowerment through education and grassroots development of underserved. He will be greatly missed at the IDRF.
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Shiksha Bharati is an institution that is devoted to the cause of the empowerment of girls through education. Shiksha Bharati runs and operates a Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) accredited senior secondary school (up to Grade 12th) on a 20-acre education campus, some 65 kilometers east of New Delhi. The school provides innovative and holistic education by utilizing a rigorous curriculum. The program combines academics with physical, moral, spiritual, and cultural development to empower girls and prepare them to become financially independent to lead a life of dignity.
IDRF Partner Since: 2001
Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh
Project Title: Skill development and vocational training for IDRF Hostel girls
Girls from tribal villages of the Northeast region are selected by Vidya Bharati and sent to Shiksha Bharati for schooling. These tribal girls were often unable to access basic education—let alone quality education—in their home states. With IDRF’s guidance and financial support, Shiksha Bharati constructed a well‐equipped hostel to house 100 tribal girls within the campus of their C.B.S.E. accredited senior secondary school. IDRF and Shiksha Bharati together provide completely free boarding, lodging, and travel to all girls residing here.
To improve the girls’ employability skills IDRF and Shiksha Bharati wanted to start a vocational training center on the campus. The family of Late Monica Gautam donated money from a trust fund in her memory to start this center. The Monica Gautam Vocational Training Center was set up on the campus in February 2021 and offers cutting and tailoring courses spanning over six months. The classes are held in two batches, one for the IDRF Hostel girls (12 per batch) and the other for the local marginalized women (15 per batch).
Shiksha Bharati has applied for getting affiliation from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for the center and once that has been granted, the participants will be awarded diplomas that will greatly enhance their employability options. The equipment and accessories used for the classes are as per the NIOS guidelines.
Monica Gautam Vocational Training Center was set up in February 2021
IDRF Hostel girls receiving skill development training at the center
Women from nearby areas also receive training at the vocational center
Please click on the link to learn more about Shiksha Bharati https://www.shikshabharati.com/
Shiksha Bharati is an educational institution that is devoted to the cause of the empowerment of girls. The education complex comprises a senior secondary school for girls, an IDRF hostel for tribal girls, a B. Ed college, herbal garden, and gaushala (animal shelter) on a 20-acre campus, some 65 kilometers east of New Delhi. IDRF provides free value-based education, board, and lodging to underprivileged tribal girls from northeast India. The IDRF-supported hostel can accommodate 100 students and is attached to the C.B.S.E. accredited senior secondary school.
IDRF Partner Since: 2001
Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh
Project Title: Biogas plant at IDRF Tribal Girls’ Hostel
IDRF with the help of an expert team -Dr. Emmanuel D’Silva (a World Bank retiree) and Mr. Narendra Jindal, who have set up more than 70 biogas units across India on a pro bono basis, set up two, new biogas units: a-20 cubic meter digester close to the gaushala run on cow dung and an-8 cubic meter unit run on human waste from the girls’ toilets. The biogas generated from the units meets most of the kitchen fuel needs of the girls’ hostel
The Shiksha Bharati management is happy with the new biogas unit that employs the latest technology. Unlike traditional dome-shaped cow-dung biogas plants made of bricks and cement, this one is made of synthetic material that looks like a balloon and rolls on the ground. The technology is sourced from Mexico but fabricated in India. The new unit saves about four cylinders of LPG gas per month in winters and five cylinders in summers.
The biogas unit has already generated considerable interest locally. The state’s Minister for Panchayats came on a visit to see the biogas plant and showed his appreciation for IDRF’s eco-friendly vision. The project might inspire other semi-rural schools that have student hostels, gardens or cattle sheds to have biogas units too. IDRF is looking ahead to support the spread of this technology to education/health institutions in other states of India as well.
The two-unit biogas plant installed at IDRF-tribal girls’ hostel
The biogas plant meets the fuel needs in the kitchen at the hostel with 66 girls
Clean energy from the biogas plant replaces 57 LPG cylinders per year at the hostel
There are millions of less fortunate people who are struggling to make ends meet and provide food and essentials for their families during these difficult times.
In 2020, IDRF donated $127,000 to India, $10,000 to Nepal, and $67,155 to the USA to provide relief kits to thousands of people hit hard by the pandemic. The situation in India became a lot worse in 2021 than it was last year.
How is IDRF helping?
During the second wave of the pandemic, IDRF sent $778,348 (April 2021 to September 2021) in relief grants to 17 states to provide oxygen plants, ventilators, and concentrators, grocery kits, help to patients in finding hospital beds, transportation to vaccination centers, organizing vaccination camps and recovery centers, and dignified cremation of dead patients, etc. To meet the demands during the surge of coronavirus cases and to prepare for future waves, IDRF also provided oxygen plants for small/medium hospitals
IDRF collaborated with its reliable and trusted partners to provide relief to people in
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal, etc.
To optimize its resource utilization, IDRF also supported relief operations in India by joining hands with other organizations in the USA, such as the Greater Washington Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GWAPI), SEWA International, and Sehgal Foundation.
We are now extending our programs to rehabilitate those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic:
1. Economic assistance and livelihood support by providing micro-credit for livestock, four-wheel carts, and small businesses
2. Vaccination drives– COVID awareness and prevention, organizing vaccination camps, registration, and transportation to vaccination centers
3. Help in obtaining government assistance and care cards for the poor and tribal population
4. Education recovery to bridge the learning gap by providing laptops to teachers for virtual classes, vocational training for the unemployed, a school for children from COVID-devastated families, and learning kits, etc.
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