What We Do
The organization enrolls the children in a nearby government school to receive their mainstream education. Teachers at the bridge school assist the children in doing their school homework and ensure that the students are making a steady progress in school. Apart from their day-to-day routine, the children participate in several activities during the year. A yearly picnic, which is also planned as an education tour, is one of the most entertaining activities of the year. Saarthi also organizes yearly cultural and sports competition, which is attended not just by the bridge school children of Saarthi but also by students from several schools in the region. Saarthi also celebrates all festivals and treats its children to sweets and other goodies, including toys. As part of the organization, the children get to spend quality time with the national and international visitors that broadens their horizon. Among those who have visited the Orchid schools of are Saarthi volunteers, an undergraduate student intern from a university in the state of Maharashtra, officials and patrons from Indian Pride Foundation, local enthusiasts among others. The major items, which Saaarthi is funding through its annual fund release, are –
(i) nutritional and healthcare needs
(iii) school supplies including uniforms. Apart from supporting the annual budgeting requirements.
Need for the Project
The Orchid English School, supported by Saarthi Welfaare Foundaation Trust for Education (Orchid), is located in Kudus village in the Palghar District of Maharasahtra, India. The project is funded by SAARTHI. Saarthi have worked seamlessly to develop this project as a role model for self-sustenance.
A Orchid school is a segue for under-privileged children to get back to the mainstream education. These are children who have had to discontinue their education due to either their parents migrating for livelihood or the children themselves being forced into child labor. The Orchid school selects and adopts such children, nourishes them in its residential school facilities, sends them to mainstream government schools and also rehabilitates them with their parents when they are ready.
Impact of the Project
The project admits between 25-30 children every year. The number of children being supported by Saarthi sponsored Orchid school has not increased a whole lot but the organization has sought other means to increase the overall intake of needy children through other sources. The project has been a productive platform for Saarthi to seek internship opportunities for students studying in the U.S. and interested in learning about education of underprivileged kids in India. The community has provided significant support to Saarthi in their efforts to help the local needy children.
It is important to acknowledge that the project is making decisive impact in the lives of many underprivileged children. Of equal importance is the effort of the organization to educate the parents through intervention sessions. The organization nourishes most of the children it admits for at least a year. When a child is ready to move back with her/his parents, Saarthi makes a conscious effort to educate the parents about their children’s future. The organization and its director, Mr. Sandeep, are also invested in promoting and encouraging organic farming practice in the region. As residents of the Orchid school, which is housed in the farmland, the children too are exposed to the ways and methods of farming and caring for farm animals. The caretakers take keen interest in encouraging children to explore the farmland and learn about harmonious co-existence with nature.
The model of using organic farming to support/sustain the needs of underprivileged children, although not new, is an attractive model.
What We Did Last Year
21,346 CHILDREN DIRECTLY PROVIDED EDUCATION THROUGH 120 CENTERS IN 21 STATES
50% OF TOTAL BENEFICIARIES ENROLLED WERE GIRL CHILDREN, TO ENSURE A FAIR START FOR ALL
100% CHILDREN RECEIVED REGULARNUTRITION & HEALTH CARE SUPPORT
100% TEACHERS RECEIVED TRAINING IN INNOVATIVE TEACHING SKILLS
Being a donor with Saarthi Foundation has been an experience of personal fulfillment. I have had the honor of sharing some very precious moments with children at a Mission Education centre and also with the warm teachers and enthusiastic leaders at Saarthi . Saarthi is extremely transparent in their workings and I am proud to be associated with an organisation that is true to its vision.
I had been a giver to Saarthi Foundation for a couple of months when they welcomed me to visit a Mission Education focus. It felt incredible to see that youngsters there were getting great instruction and all their other imperative needs were dealt with well. I might want to be with them for some, more years to come.