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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
  • Vijay foundation trust a brief sketch

    1. 1. Vijay Foundation Trust<br />February 2011<br />
    2. 2. Introduction – Vijay Foundation Trust<br />An NGO active in Kadapa since 1992<br />Focused on care and betterment of cause of the girl child<br />Funded primarily through donations from friends and family of founders<br />
    3. 3. Background<br />Kadapa is an arid, poverty-stricken region in Andhra Pradesh<br />Rampant factionalism results in frequent violence, broken families and orphans<br />Prevalence of practices such as dowry leads to widespread gender bias and discrimination leading to female foeticide and abandonment of girl infants and children<br />
    4. 4. Our approach – providing shelter<br />Aarti Home - Shelter for abandoned children since 1992<br />Over 250 children have called it a home over the years (current strength is 90)<br />Around 800 children, rescued from traffickers, have stayed with us for short durations until their rehabilitation<br />
    5. 5. Our approach – providing education<br />Aarti Education <br />Aarti School currently has 250 students including children from Aarti Home as well as underprivileged children from around the district<br />Scholarships adding up to approx. INR 2 million have been disbursed to 200 bright and needy students over the years<br />
    6. 6. Our approach – women’s training<br />Lalitha Cooperative<br />Trains destitute women on vocations such as tailoring and embroidery, creating income generating potential<br />5,000 women have benefitted directly from this program<br />Markets products to corporates and individuals as a certified Fairtrade cooperative<br />
    7. 7. Our approach – outreach programme<br />VFT has an active outreach programme in the region<br />Legal awareness camps, providing information on women’s rights and laws that can protect them<br />Run in conjunction with National Commission for Women’s Rights, 25,000 women have attended these camps<br />Free gynaecological and medical camps<br />Awareness camps on education opportunities focusing on avenues available through the Open University<br /> -- Outreach in schools<br />
    8. 8. Our Financial Status<br />Legal Status<br />Vijay Foundation Trust is registered as a charity under Societies Act 1961<br />Vijay Foundation Trust has FCRA accreditation since 1992<br />Donations to Vijay Foundation Trust are tax exempt under IT Act 1961<br />Funding<br />Primarily through friends and well wishers<br />Our annual budget approximately INR 3.9 million for the current financial year<br />Funding short-falls are met through donations from founders<br />A number of volunteers work with us pro bono – we have an active student relationship program with Stanford University<br />Food inflation and costs for higher education for more of our growing children are critical challenges for us<br />
    9. 9. Our plans and needs<br />Would like to focus more on outreach and creating awareness<br />strike at the root of the problems affecting the girl child instead of just managing the fallout such as abandonment of girl children<br />We welcome help in all forms – donations as well as partnerships to further our cause<br />
    10. 10. Presenter’s details<br />Namrata Vora, Director of Programs<br />Molly Robertson, Outreach Fellow<br />Sandhya Puchalapalli, President<br />Vijay Foundation Trust, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh<br /><br /><br />