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  • 1. Kadapa 19922. Focus on care of children and uplifting girl child to eradicate root of problem3. Funded primarily through individual donors close to founders
  • BIG ISSUE: 50 million girls and women are ‘missing’ from India’s population. 1 in 6 girls will not see her 15th birthday.Every 6th girl’s death is due to gender discrimination.In Kadapa:rural, povertyFactionalism and violenceDowry, etc lead to gender bias and discrimination
  • VFT has four components with which to address the issues facing women and girls.1. shelter
  • 2. Education School for needy kids: ghoshnagar and villages scholarships
  • 3. Vocational trainingIncome 5000 women certified fairtrade coop
  • 4. Community OutreachEducate about women’s rights health camps education opportunities: Women’s Leadership Program- Outreach in schools: 1500 schools covered for National Girl Child Day
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    • 1. Vijay Foundation Trust
      February 2011
    • 2. Introduction – Vijay Foundation Trust
      An NGO active in Kadapa since 1992
      Focused on care and betterment of cause of the girl child
      Funded primarily through donations from friends and family of founders
    • 3. Background
      Kadapa is an arid, poverty-stricken region in Andhra Pradesh
      Rampant factionalism results in frequent violence, broken families and orphans
      Prevalence of practices such as dowry leads to widespread gender bias and discrimination leading to female foeticide and abandonment of girl infants and children
    • 4. Our approach – providing shelter
      Aarti Home - Shelter for abandoned children since 1992
      Over 250 children have called it a home over the years (current strength is 90)
      Around 800 children, rescued from traffickers, have stayed with us for short durations until their rehabilitation
    • 5. Our approach – providing education
      Aarti Education
      Aarti School currently has 250 students including children from Aarti Home as well as underprivileged children from around the district
      Scholarships adding up to approx. INR 2 million have been disbursed to 200 bright and needy students over the years
    • 6. Our approach – women’s training
      Lalitha Cooperative
      Trains destitute women on vocations such as tailoring and embroidery, creating income generating potential
      5,000 women have benefitted directly from this program
      Markets products to corporates and individuals as a certified Fairtrade cooperative
    • 7. Our approach – outreach programme
      VFT has an active outreach programme in the region
      Legal awareness camps, providing information on women’s rights and laws that can protect them
      Run in conjunction with National Commission for Women’s Rights, 25,000 women have attended these camps
      Free gynaecological and medical camps
      Awareness camps on education opportunities focusing on avenues available through the Open University
      -- Outreach in schools
    • 8. Our Financial Status
      Legal Status
      Vijay Foundation Trust is registered as a charity under Societies Act 1961
      Vijay Foundation Trust has FCRA accreditation since 1992
      Donations to Vijay Foundation Trust are tax exempt under IT Act 1961
      Primarily through friends and well wishers
      Our annual budget approximately INR 3.9 million for the current financial year
      Funding short-falls are met through donations from founders
      A number of volunteers work with us pro bono – we have an active student relationship program with Stanford University
      Food inflation and costs for higher education for more of our growing children are critical challenges for us
    • 9. Our plans and needs
      Would like to focus more on outreach and creating awareness
      strike at the root of the problems affecting the girl child instead of just managing the fallout such as abandonment of girl children
      We welcome help in all forms – donations as well as partnerships to further our cause
    • 10. Presenter’s details
      Namrata Vora, Director of Programs
      Molly Robertson, Outreach Fellow
      Sandhya Puchalapalli, President
      Vijay Foundation Trust, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh