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Vijay foundation trust

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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


  • 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