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Attendees: Binay, Deepali, Prashant, Amit, Nabanita, Latha, Prema, Anusha Iyer, Madan

On skype: Sree Kamireddy, Kamini

 Notes taken by : Prema

Topic 1:  Jan Seva Mandal and Jeevan Vidya Trust 

Presenter : Deepali, Anusha

  • Jan Seva Mandal
  •  Boys hostel
  • Part of the Jesuit organization Bombay Xavierant Corp, started in 1969
  • Location : Near Maharashtra Gujarat border
  • Educational coordinator :Fr. Jeevan Mendonsa, Director - Fr.Adolf.
  • Campus superintendent + 2 cooks, coordinator, director and treasurer are on parent organization's payroll.
  • Volunteers come and help as needed
  • Boarding and lodging facilities for aadivasi children. 90 girls and 60 boys
  • They teach extracurricular activities( cooking, computers, clay modeling, cycling, gardening, composting, personality development sessions, clay modeling) along with marathi and English (Their mothertounge is Ahirani)
  • Medical checkup camps twice a year
  • Parent teacher meeting
  • Only provide boarding. Kids go to nearby schools. They go back to visit villages during holidays.
  • Boys are limited to 10th standard. Girls are there till 5th - 12th standard.
  • No formal process to qualify students, first come first serve. They pay if they can, otherwise fee is waived.

 

  • Jeevan Vidya
  • Girls hostel
  • To empower women for self-sufficiency and personality development
  • Earlier known as Jan Seva Mandal
  • For past 10 years, autonomously managed by Jeevan Vidya trust
  • Director and Superintendent: Ms. Martina Fargose
  • Assistant superintendent: Ms. Nisha
  • Accountant: Azhar Shaikh
  • Two cooks
  • Volunteers help as and when needed

 

  • Parents pay around INR 3000 for 1yr of facilities. School is 15 mins walk from boarding. Students are in between 5th -12th standard and they travel 40-50 kms
  • Asha Involvement
  • With Asha Seattle since Oct 2008
  • Asha funds operating expenses to run boarding facilities for 120 children.
  • Last year, 11,00,000 for both organizations - 5,50000 per organization 611 per child per month for 150 children
  • For Jan Seva - Asha Seattle is the main donor. One off individual donors donate on average of 20,000 INR. We fund about 90-95%
  • For Jeevan Vidhya - Asha Seattle is the main donor. But other donors include Mr.Gada from Mumbai, Ms. Maria and Carlos provide stationary, Jeevan Vidya Trust which is parent organization which funds part of it

 

  • Questions:
    • Are they qualified professionals who give personality development sessions?
    • Does the parent organization fund Jan Seva ?
    • Non-project related - can we have mentor-mentee relationship with kids from Asha projects that we support ?
    • Can Jan Seva get gas stoves instead?
    • Is the building owned by the Trust?
  • Last Year, Aparna Geet did the site visit. Site visit report is here https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3bz9xtsH6zxdWEzMkpFNnNUTGs/view
  • One time funding request
  • Jan seva - infrastructure - tile and floor work for toilet, bathroom, dining hall and kitchen, big and small living room - total of INR 8,89,450
  • Jeevan Vidya - bathroom repairs, kitchen renovation, study hall, dining hall repairs, labor charges for carpenter and construction, terrace shed - INR 20,77,154. Without terrace work it comes to INR 11,80,000
  • Voting:
  • All in favor of funding INR 8,90,000 to support Jan Seva for fiscal year Apr 2017-March 2018 for infrastructure improvements
  • Yes:

    11

    No :

    0

    Abstain:

    0

  • All in favor of funding INR 19,50,000 to support Jeevan Vidya for fiscal year Apr 2017 - March 2018 for infrastructure improvements and laptops

 

          Yes:

11

          No:

0

        Abstain :

 0

 

 

Topic 2: RDT

Presenter: Sree Kamireddy

  • Education for children of migrant laborers in Tamil Nadu
  • Students cant go to govt. schools due to language problem as the kids do not know tamil and the schools teach in tamil
  • RDT teaches Till 8th class . By 8th kids are trained to speak in tamil and Govt. gives them sarva siksha abyan cert so the kids can come join govt schools
  • Started in 2005. With Asha since then. 325 students from 9 different schools
  • Request for 1 time funding.
    • Schools are all spread out about 5 kms apart along mahabalipuram road in thirupporur
    • Rented and temp buildings and it gets hot because of tin roof.
    • Flooding and rains cause loss of time.
    • Teachers find it hard to reach school on time. Monitoring schools is hard
    • Govt donated 5 cents of land for the purpose of school construction in a good location to RDT Trust.
    • Current proposal is to construct a school with 3 classrooms in that location.  Each class can accommodate 50 students, so a total of 150. For younger kids, they still need to manage schools close to the area. 
    • Total approximate cost is INR 25,14,000.00
    • 100% of the recurring budget is funded by Asha.
  • Questions:
    • Won't there be other expenses for like benches, furniture etc. ?
      • They can raise funds locally for these furniture expenses.
    • Can the kids travel to the school from all these different schools?
      • It is central location, next to bus terminal. So easier to reach
    • Will the parents bring the kids to the school or do they anticipate a school bus?
      • They are looking to avail public transportation.
      • For anyone older than 6-7 years.
    • Do they have permission to build 2 floors ?
  • Voting:
  • All in favor of funding RDT the amount of INR 25,14,000 for school constructions for fiscal year June 2017 - May 2018, which is an exception to the 30K limit we set.
  • Yes:

    5

    No:

    4

    Abstain:

    1

 

Topic 3: V-Excel

Presenter : Kamini

  • Based in Mandavelli, Chennai
  • Supporting children with special needs
  • Asha is supporting since 2006
  • They have early intervention program, school program for 6-14 yo children, vocation program for 14-25 yo. Remedial group for regular children with some learning disabilities
  • Asha supports 25 children per year. Some kids pay and some kids cannot pay, but still get service through scholarships.
  • One time request for therapy services for children with special needs
  •  Occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy neuro development therapy
  • Sensory therapy - build percepto motor park in chennai premises - sensory rich play arena to help develop perceptions and understanding themselves and world around them. It will support 100 children and estimate is INR 2,90,000
  • Neuro-development therapy - build a skating ring to help with socializing time, a structured therapeutic skating intervention. Estimate is INR 2,25,000  and it will cover up to 100 children
  • Occupational therapy - hiring occupational therapist to help the person with autism. They have to pay 9 lakhs per year for 4 therapists.

Questions:

  • The estimate for skating ring seems too low. Is the estimate right?
  • How safe is it for children?
  • Is Asha the only donor or do they have other donors ?
  • ASK FOR PROJECT COORDS : Can we fund INR 9 lakhs for hiring occupational therapists as one-time as it does not fall under infrastructure but is recurring component but they are looking for covering the costs for one year or recurring from the recurring 50K  budget? Kamini will mail project coordinators to follow up.

Voting:

  • All in favor of funding  INR 5,15,000 to support V-Excel for infrastructure projects for June 2017- May 2018 fiscal year.
  • Yes:

    11

    No:

    0

    Abtain:

     0

 

Topic 4: SHED

Presenter : Nabanita, Amit

  • Founded in 2007, in Assam by Lanu Aimol.
  • Residential school for disabled kids. Day scholars also come from nearby places
  • Suggestion: Knowledge sharing between V-Excel and SHED
  • Asha funded construction of proper classrooms
  • In 2016-2017 - 66 total - 23 hostellers and 42 day scholars. Day scholars pay their fee
  • Asha funded in 2014 for pukka classrooms and recurring funding for teachers salaries
  • Amit did site visit in February 5th 2017
  • Kitchen, dining, 2 girls dormitory with 2 attached bathroom + toilet, 1 girls dormitory (2 attached bathroom + toilet), multi-purpose room + vocational program
  • This year they are adding 14 students - total of 80 students 31 hostellers - 20 mentally retarded, 10 hearing impaired
  • Day scholars - 26 and there are evening programs as well
  • 2 special ed for MR, 2 special ed and speech therapist for hearing impaired, 2 community teachers, 3 care givers, 2 care givers and cooks.
  • Staff funded from other sources - 2 teachers + 3 staff members
  • Some unpaid staff /volunteers
  • Twice a month - they have community outreach. When Amit visited, the outreach program was going on.
  • Children like the school and staff like the children.
  • Recurring :
    • Last year, we funded INR 7,39,000 as recurring budget.
    • This year,  the funds requested : INR 9,58,560.00
    • From last year funding INR 7,39, 000+ 10% increase = INR 8,13,000.00
    • 2.8 lakhs from fees
    • Foreign contribution: 2,65,000
    • Local contribution: 4,5000
  • One-time
    • Request is for boundary wall and fence and gate. Right now it is very poor thatched construction. It is a rural area and there is a forest close-by. So it is not secure. The kids need to be watched all the time to make sure they are safe.
    • 3 sides there is a wall, the 4th side is a hill.
    • Estimate : INR 4,05,000.00
  • Question:
    • Did the local acceptance grow over time? Can we have an objective measure?
    • ASK FOR PROJECT COORDS: Can we fund additional 1,45,000 INR for recurring budge increase for teachers' salaries.

 

  • Voting:
    • All in favor of supporting SHED in building fence wall and gate in the amount of INR 4,05000 for the fiscal year April 2017 - March 2018
      • Yes:

        10

        No:

        0

        Abstain:

        0

    • All in favor of supporting  SHED for teacher salaries of INR 8,13,000  for fiscal year April 2017- March 2018 with additional amount of INR 1,45,000.00 to be reviewed by project coordinators.
    • Yes:

       9

      No:

      0

      Abstain:

       0

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