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empowHER India Foundation (registered SKS Chakshu Foundation)

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Address: 308, Nirman Kendra, Dr. E.Moses Road, Famous Studio Lane, Mahalaxmi

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Education is important to develop the skills, information, and self-confidence especially for a girl child so that she becomes an adult who is well equipped to be a better parent, worker, and citizen. Girls who have their basic rights fulfilled from their childhood feel empowered and are in a better position to bring about a positive change in their communities in their adulthood. empowHER India has been supporting the Rakesh Jain Secondary School in Panvel from the past 20 years. Just because the students belong to a poor background it does not mean that they should be deprived of opportunities that are accessible to the well-to-do urban children. This made us strive harder to bring free education to the child at their doorstep in their village along with an emphasis on gender equality which is why we have a 50:50 ratio of girls and boys. We realized that with the changing times a lot more needs to be done to make learning accessible, fun, and reachable to rural children especially during this COVID 19 pandemic. Your support is crucial to continue our efforts in educating 450 rural children from standard 5th to 10th. Join us and donate!

Fund Utilization in 2020

Total funds raised in 2020 - INR 377350

Project NameEducate rural children in Shivkar village
Amount Utilized (INR)377350
Project DescriptionempowHER India supports the rural students at Rakesh Jain Secondary High School with infrastructure, quality education, as well as technical, vocational and entrepreneurial needs. The school promotes gender equality and economic equality in education by providing rural girls and boys with different academic and extra-curricular opportunities.
LocationsRaigad > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesEducation > School adoption,Education > Teacher training,Education > Sports education,Education > Arts education,Education > School / career counselling,Education > Promoting arts culture & heritage,Education > Promoting reading,Education > School Infrastructure,Education > Digital Learning,Education > Awareness & advocacy,Education > STEM
Beneficiary GroupChildren,Tribal community
Beneficiary Description450 girls and boys between the age group of 10 to 15 years of age, studying in standards 5th to 10th are educated at Rakesh Jain School. Most of the students live in Shivkar village, Panvel. Many students have humble backgrounds and used to find it difficult to access quality education in the village before the school was established.
ImpactOut of a total of Rs.10 lakhs utilized for the education program in 2019-20 for 450 rural girls and boys from Rakesh Jain Secondary High School, Rs.3,77,350/- was raised through the United Way- Tata Mumbai Marathon. This has enabled the students to receive quality education imparted by our highly trained, motivated and committed teachers. The school went beyond the boundaries of textbooks and syllabus, with an e-learning module that blended traditional classroom teaching with technology to promote interactive learning in classrooms based on their syllabus. The school has an equipped laboratory, library and computer room which is maintained by empowHER India. The students participated in extra-curricular activities like art, gymnastics, sports, mallakhamb, music, dance, yoga, community service and so forth. Children were taught basic and advanced Computer Course, and Communicative English. The 9th and 10th standard students enrolled in the IBT program (Introduction to Basic Technology) now known as the MSFC (Multi-Skill Foundation Course) which gave a hands-on training experience in welding, electric works, animal husbandry and agriculture techniques. empowHER India also took care of the structural repairs and renovation works of the school. Mental health sessions were also conducted. This is how empowHER India supported the school.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 education for rural children at Rakesh Jain Secondary High School 450

Fund Utilization in 2019

Total funds raised in 2019 - INR 843110

Project NameWomen Empowerment
Amount Utilized (INR)843110
Project DescriptionempowHER India has been working with rural women through its network of Self-Help Groups since the past 12 years. In 2018-19, we continued to scale our initiative by expanding our reach and increasing the number of women we worked with.
We work with rural women to form Self Help Groups, who voluntarily come together to save money and contribute to a common pool which is lent to the group members at a fixed interest rate. Self Help Groups are an important medium to build social capital amongst women.

Along with encouraging monthly savings and providing access to affordable lending SHGs also help inculcate leadership qualities in women. Members of the Self Help Groups are encouraged to take up internal roles such as President, Secretary and Treasurer to manage the groups better.

With our network of over 320 SHGs empowHER India has enabled more than 3000 women to access:
• Financial literacy which enables them to access banks and other financial products and institutions
• Financial support during times of need at low interest rates
• Livelihood opportunities through easy financing for their micro-enterprises
LocationsRaigad > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesSocial Inclusion > Women Empowerment
Beneficiary GroupWomen
Beneficiary DescriptionThe beneficiaries are primarily rural women from the age of 20 years to 60 years who are a part of the Self Help Group network. 1 Total number of villages that we worked in: 69 2 Total number of new Self Help Groups created: 85 3 Total number of Self Help Groups we worked with: 320
Impacti. Savings and access to formal banking institutions
Formation of SHGs has benefited its members by reducing their dependence on informal sources of finance. We are working towards the inclusion of our Self Help Groups into the formal banking network. 60 Self Help Groups have been linked to banks and they are eligible for the bank loans on the basis of their credit history.
ii. Access to credit and decision-making within the household
Access to credit has lead to increased respect and increased involvement in decision making for the women in their households when it comes to important expenditures
iii. Network of Jankar Sakhis
Women who have emerged as leaders in their community are appointed as Jankar Sakhis. We currently work with 4 Jankar Sakhis who conduct internal audits on book keeping, help in disseminating information on relevant issues and ensure the smooth functioning of the SHG network.
iv. Participation in the local government
An important aspect of a Self Help Group is access to knowledge on local Gram Panchayats, government initiatives, improved access to a banks etc. We have trained Self Help Groups to use their collective power to use the schemes and initiatives that are relevant to them.
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Self Help Group Network 320

Fund Utilization in 2018

Total funds raised in 2018 - INR 594200

Project NameSanitation Intervention
Amount Utilized (INR)594200
Project DescriptionAccess to toilet is a basic dignity that every person is entitled to. However, given the socio-economic status of the villages in the Panvel region, a toilet would often be considered a luxury. It was women who came together to put forth a demand for individual toilets which make their villages open defecation free.

With their support, we initiated a pilot project to build six Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) in 2014. Our focus always has been to build toilets and engage with communities to make them understand the importance of sanitation, hygiene and to ensure continuous usage. empowHER India has constructed 2000+ toilets till date benefitting 10000 individuals in rural Panvel. Using the funds raised through TMM 2018, we will construct 19 toilets in 2018-19

In 2017, we conducted a third party impact assessment of our toilets and the results showed that 84% of our toilets are being used regularly by the beneficiaries.

LocationsRaigad > Maharashtra (MH)
CausesHealth > Sanitation & Hygiene
ImpactempowHER India has constructed 2000+ toilets till date benefitting 10000 individuals. We work closely with the communities on health and hygiene to ensure continuous toilet usage for long-term sustainability.
Using the funds raised through the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018, we will construct 19 toilets in 2018-19
Activities Conducted
NoActivity / Item / BeneficiariesQuantity / Number, if applicable
1 Construction of toilets 19
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