RBKS was a gracious host to me and immediately welcomed me upon arrival to their office. I met with the Director, Girija Sharma and the Program Director, Nitu Singh to learn more about their role in education and to arrange field visits to their sites in Udaipur and Jharol.
The school has two teachers, one of whom lives on site with her husband and son. There are cooks who prepare meals for the children three times a day. Often there are cultural events held at the site and many of the children will perform traditional dances for locals.
I absolutely loved seeing all these little girls together and it really showed just how comfortable and relaxed they were in their home. They each have their own bed and belongings, but they share rooms as well. There is a room where they can go to watch television and play around with each other, as any child should be able to do.
Rajasthan Bal kalyan Samiti initiated a school in 1981 with 17 students at Jhadol block and the focus was on girl child education. Tribal Children enrolled in the school on priority basis. Group counseling was also organized for girls. Parents and residential facility for 25 girls initiated in 1989 and later on in 1987 for 25 boys residential facility started. Presently, at Jhadol 10 private schools and 4 government schools are staffed. RBKS offers its education to tribal students free of cost.
In Udaipur I was able to meet with one other organization, but I will write about that in another post. This blog was long overdue and I apologize for the delay. The last month I spent in Rajasthan was utterly amazing, but I often had very unreliable access to internet so it seemed useless to try and write a post only to have it rejected by the low bandwidth!
Oh, and the best news that I had as soon as I returned home was that EEI is now OFFICIALLY a 501(c)(3)!!! Weeeeee!