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Attendees: Geetha, Prema, Srijan, Madan. Jyoti, Vibhavaree, Rinku, Seema, Kesava, Nimish

1) Vijay Foundation Trust (Aarti Home)

Presenter: Sree Geetha Dandapanthula Priority: Normal Time: 25 minutes
Name of the Group: Vijay Foundation Trust (Aarti Home) Established year With Asha : 2016
Location: Kaddapa, Andhra Pradesh
What they do: Vijay Foundation Trust has various programs like Aarti Home, Aarti School, Lalitha Co-op Society and Abhaya. Aarti Home is home to 120 children( 110 girls, 10 boys). Aarti school has about 425 students.
Reason for presentation, action needed: Annual update and request for recurring funds
Finance, record amount funded at meeting: INR 30, 50,000
Funding Period: start date (04/2019) - end date (03/2020)
Size: 425 children, 32 Teachers
Site visit status: yes, Dec 10, 2018 Project page: https://ashanet.org/project/?pid=1188

Sandhya Puchalapalli in kadappa disctrct started it in 1992
Works with the 117 mandals of kadappa, chittoor
Associated with Social welfare and
Manabidda project is completed. Girl to boy ratio in schools increased 919->938 per thousand as per govt records.
AbhayaEU sponsored program to educate and advocate for girl children started now. Phone app being developed.
In 2017-18, the school achieved 100% results in SSC.
Aarti Home is run by Vijay Foundation Trust. Aarti school caters to Aarti home as well as outside children. Free or low cost education depending on financial situation.
At Aarti home 105 girls living in the hostel building and 8 boys mostly orphan who live at Sandhya’s house.
433 (196 boys, 237 girls) in the school with 32 teachers (23 school teacher, 9 preschool)
In the school building there is a hall that is used to for women’s workshops like tailoring.
14000 women benefited from classes in the school building. 2500 women completed employability workshop. 13000 women completed leadership training
Students from Stanford univ, students from Germany come there for their internship.
Alumni students have secured in many reputed companies.
On time funding in 2017- Purchase beds, shelves, playground. Construction of 2 blocks on the existing bloc. 3rd block was built by other sponsors. Solar panels. Sliding beds instead of bunk beds. Compost and kitchen gardening. Big neat library. Got them some benches salvages from a theatre renovation in town which will be installed on playground. 27 computers 10 laptops 17 desktops from SFO Asha chapter.

Site visit: Abhaya project started on the day of site visit. Facility is pretty clean and organized.
2 school buses to transport kids.

Teacher’s salary in 2018 12,00,000 was the budget. We gave 10 months( from June 2018 to March 2019) prorated 10,00,000. This time we will disburse INR 12,00,000 for the period April 2019 to March 2020 (12 months)
Other donors: Government WEP funding, Give India funding, individual donors some of which are the Alumni.
Total expenses ~37,00,000. 7,00,000 is taken care by other sources. So the ask is for 30,00,000.

Everyone in favor of sending INR 12,00,000 to Aarti home to cover teachers' salaries and other operating expenses, for the period April 2019 to March 2020.

Yes: 10
No: 0
Abstain: 0

(Vibhavaree joined at the end.)


2) Bhoomiheen Presentation

Presenter: Srijan Chakraborty Priority: must Time: 40 minutes
Name of the Group: Bhoomiheen Seva Samiti Established: 1978 With Asha: 1999
Location: Aau, Banda District, UP
What they do: Bhoomiheen's primary goal is to improve the social and economic conditions of the Dalit landless laborers in the stronghold of feudalism and help strengthening democracy in the local area. They run a school funded primarily by Asha.
Reason for presentation, action needed: Annual presentation and funding request
Finance, record amount funded at meeting: INR 40,00,000 + INR 80,000 (for last year's Learning Network Conference)
Funding Period: 04/2019 – 03/2020
Size: About 300 children from pre-nursery to 8th grade, 80+ additional student for 9th and 10th grades (combined)
Site visit status: yes, March 2019 Project page: http://www.ashanet.org/projects/project-view.php?p=35

Org started 1978 for unliftment of the landless laborers. Asha supports school. Lalit Uniyal a former IAS officer, left the job with other friends. He is the one who stayed there from that group and running the org. He is now primary fundraising outreach person. Board members are mostly in Allahabad. All are unpaid volunteers including Lalitji.

Upper caste Landlords Vs Lower caste landless laborers. Physical segregation between the places they live. Area prone to violence. Recent redistribution has ended absolute landlessness.

School education quality is so good that landlords also want to send their kids there. Nearby government school is there but the quality of education does not match this school.
3 school areas:
Non-formal, innovative primary school. They are looking for funding and not able to find funding.
Formal Middle school
High school with multiple vocations

Teachers salaries for middle school are supported by government.

Government funded mid-day meal for partial school. They provide it for the rest of the kids. School is free to all children including landlord’s kids

We supported the school since 1999. We support primary and high school teacher’s salary and schools running expenses. Very few donors few companies, few individual. We give 80% of the budget sans government funding. Some farming income. Last year’s budget 43,00,000.

Vocational training has NIOS affiliate. Graduation rate of good but difficult to track past students.

3-4 hours to get there from major cities so we could not get steward to do the the site visits. Previous one was done Padmanava. Current site visit done by Asha volunteer Rinku Jain’s uncle who is born and brought up there and is a lawyer. Went there with his wife. Ratio of girls is more than the boys. Well-behaved kids, using their vocational training to earn money for the family. The org wanted to have a hostel for girls but parents not ready to send girls out of house. Need a shed for bicycle so the bikes dont get flat in the summer-time. Phoolchandji, the principal also doing a good job.

Ideas for fundraising: Facebook page campaign, Gofundme. CSR activities, Alumni.
Dont have a website.

Their ask is 48,00,000. Learning conference expenses: 80000 which was not sent in the last year. We will send it this year.

Everyone in favor of funding Bhoomiheen with INR 36,94,000 to cover teacher salaries, expenses for infrastructure improvements, midday meals, vocational classes and other operating expenses, for the period April 2019 to March 2020 and INR 80000 for the learning network confernece.

Yes: 11
No: 0
Abstain: 0

3) Dhrupad Sansthan

Presenter: Vibhavaree Gargeya Priority:Normal Time: 25 minutes
Name of the Group: Dhrupad Sansthan Established: 1999 With Asha: 2013
Location: Bhopal, MP
What they do: Provide music education (post graduate / vocational education) to young adults
Reason for presentation, action needed: Annual presentation and funding request
Finance, record amount funded at meeting: INR 15,35,000
Funding Period: 04/2019 – 03/2020
Size: About 30 students
Site visit status: yes, Dec 2018 Project page: http://ashanet.org/project/?pid=1209

Aims at making Dhrupad music accessible to people around the world. 4 years course fully committed students to become professional musicians.
Short term (1 week to 1 month) programs available to improve skills in singing or listening or appreciation for other students. Short term students coming from all backgrounds. Whoever can afford pays the expenses.
Started Nov 1999 by Padmashree Gundecha brothers. Many students are performing and teaching around the country. Gundecha brothers are the teachers at Bhopal. They stay 20 minutes from the school. 8 Centers in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad Bengalure, Loklatta, Delhi, Chennai, Rishikesh where the alumni students are teaching.
Workshops, concerts around the world.
Greening, self-sufficiency : Growing medicinal plants
Asha funded student scholarship which helped them raise funds for hostel and become self-sufficient. Hostel 20 (20 capacity), Hostel 32 (32 capacity). Inaugurated by Ustad Zakir Hussain.
Now they don’t need to fundraise for the building and so can use the fundraising bandwidth for the day-to-day expenses. So this will be the last funding cycle.
Music instruments making workshop in the office building. It was sidetracked but has resumed. Partially finished building. We supported one-time expense for the Music instruments making workshop part of the building.
Site visit report: Teachers are super-dedicated in-spite of their travel schedule. Students are super dedicated too. Premise is closely knit family pitching on for the chores there. With short term students coming from all over the world, there is a good opportunity for mutual global learning. The environment supports the development of emotionally intelligent individuals.
Mostly Men, ¼ or ⅓ students are women. Short term students: more women than men.
Working on software to identify\render a raga. Teaching on Skype by senior needy students working as teachers. Many students have AIR qualification. A girl student Anuja Borude playing pakhawaj in local concerts in the country and is being recognized for her skills in the local newspapers.
Asha Seattle Funding since 2014.

Everyone in favor of sending INR 15,35,000 sent will be used to provide room and board for financially constrained students, for the period April 2019 to March 2020.
Yes: 7
No: 0
Abstain: 1

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