In the Mumbai Marathon of 2013 GVET raised a small amount of Rs4.38 lakhs which partially supported repairs to the children’s hostels. Through Mumbai Marathon 2014 GVET wishes to raise Rs19 lakhs for supporting 50% food cost. Cost of all commodities have escalated by more than 30% however, GVET has not reduced the intake in girls and boys hostels catering to around 500 impoverished tribal children. GVET provides balanced meals to the children comprising rice, chappatis, lentils, pulses, fresh vegetables and milk. GVET has been able to bring down the percentage of children suffering from night blindness from 67% in 2007 to barely 1% today. Likewise, 98% children suffered from scabies in 2007. Only the new entrants bring in scabies which is quickly treated. Good food with de-worming once a term has resulted in overall good health of the children. This has led to lower absenteeism and zero drop out due to health reasons contributing to improved classroom performance. Performance at the Secondary School Certificate examination has been 100% over the past years from 13% in 2007. The annual food cost per child is Rs7500 for 3 meals over 10 months. GVET requires Rs4,000,000/- per annum for 500 children.
Pramila Bhavar, 17 years of age, is a Warli tribal girl from Village Divshi, an extremely poor remote village 35 km from Nareshwadi Learning Centre (NLC). Her parents are marginal farmers who grow paddy during monsoon and migrate for most of the year in search of work. Pramila is one of 8 siblings. Her elder brother and 4 sisters also migrate for work and have never been to school. Only her youngest sister and brother are studying. Pramila was fortunate to come to Nareshwadi in the 1st std completing 10 years of schooling which honed her talents for learning and athletics, earning top marks in studies. She ranked 6th at the State level in Inter-schools Rural Sports competition in the 800 metres race with a timing of 2.45 min. She clocked 20.01 min in the 5 km Thane Mayoral Marathon of July 2011. Pramila scored 78% in the Secondary School Certificate board exams of March 2012.
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