Community Development – Care on Wheels Project 2013-2014

Community Development – Care on Wheels Project 2013-20142017-09-06T17:22:30+00:00

Project Description

VT Seva believes that everyone deserves a better life. The grant from Chase Community Giving was utilized to support ‘’Care on Wheels’’ (Called as “Adarsa Gramam” in local language) and “Equip the underprivileged children with better Educational facilities and Technology” projects. VT Seva is striving hard and working diligently as per the project guidelines. Chase Community Giving made a great impact in changing the lifestyle of underprivileged by uplifting them.

Thank You “Chase” for the support in making the lives of the underprivileged tribal villagers much better!

Using Chase Community Grant of $100,000, VT Seva funded two projects:

  • “Care on Wheels” (Called as “Adarsa Gramam” in local language)

  • “Equip the underprivileged children with better Educational facilities and Technology.”

High-level accomplishments

Using the Chase grant, VT Seva made a strong impact in the lives of thousands of underprivileged –

  • Surveyed 100 gudems with 3,365 families and a population of 14,674 people (4,904 children, 4,867 women and 4,903 men). In the survey conducted, we found an astonishing fact that 6,246 were illiterates (42.5% of the population is illiterate).
  • Recruited and empowered 26 tribal facilitators (local enthusiastic youth) with structured training and resources (bicycles, educational material, mikes & speakers, cameras) to own and develop their gudems.
  • The facilitators counseled and admitted 227 school drop outs back in the schools. 47 of them were admitted into ‘schools for tribals’ supported by VT Seva in Allampalli (15 students) and Beersaipeta (32 students) areas.
  • They are providing basic education to 788 children and 581 adult illiterates through night schools.
  • Improved facilities of 3 schools (945 students) by procuring computers, lab equipment, educational material, library books and. Kitchen upgrades still in progress.
  • Holistic development of 100 gudems of Adilabad district and making each gudem an ‘Adarsa Gramam’ (Role Model Village). This initiative is in-progress and VT Seva aims to sustain this even after the Chase grant is completely used. The aim is to make it scalable all over the state.
  • Conducted 2 medical camps to improve health and hygiene.
  • Provided comprehensive education on rights of tribals and government ‘Panchayath Raj’ system with a collaborative approach of engaging public officials from Tribal Welfare Department, Forest Department and Principal Secretary (Ms. Lakshmi Parthasarathi, IAS) to the state government.
  • Provided education and awareness to the tribal communities to give up vices such as chewing tobacco.

Implementation Plan : VT Seva recruited 26 tribal youth (who have at least completed 10th grade and are natives of project location) to own and better their community.

Training : Trained the facilitators in a structured manner at a centralized location (Hyderabad, AP, India). Provided Neuro Linguistic program (NLP), which deals with communication skills, body and mind synchronization, teamwork, applicability, convincing skills, leadership skills and etiquette. It was followed by training in various topics such as moral values, first aid, computers, hygiene, tribal welfare and protection of forests by subject matter experts.

Provided resources for on-field work such as bicycles, mikes & speakers, cameras, and educational material.

On-Field Survey and Analysis

The facilitators were sent to the project location with clear objectives for detailed surveys so that we understand the situation clearly. They got the detailed surveys done in 100 gudems by engaging a team of 3 to 10 gudems each.

Data Mining

Assessed the data gathered and formulated plans to implement the project after brainstorming.

Project Implementation

  • The facilitators counseled and admitted 227 school drop outs back in the schools. They provided basic education to 788 children and 581 adult illiterates through night schools.
  • Organized 2 medical camps to improve the health conditions (screening, medical supplies, primary health care) and raised awareness on healthy life style.
  • The facilitators planted saplings to encourage environmental protection and awareness. The tribals were educated not to cut the trees. The Department of Forest was also engaged in this initiative.
  • The facilitators coordinated the awareness of tribal welfare programs.
  • The facilitators took active part in improving good hygiene by cleaning the neighborhood and raising awareness.
  • The facilitators used tribal cultural programs to assemble the community in one place and educate the attendees about the project and its benefits. For more details, isit http://www.vtsworld.org/careonwheels.aspx