“India lives in the villages.” – Mahatma Gandhi
India’s true growth can only happen if its rural villages grow, as nearly 70% of the population still lives in 600,000 villages. While urban India has seen significant development in the last three decades, rural areas still face poverty, low literacy rates, and a lack of basic infrastructure such as schools and hospitals. These issues increase social problems such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and alcoholism. The youth is migrating to urban areas in search of new opportunities, further exacerbating these issues.
To promote the well-being of rural communities, government organizations have implemented policies and programs, but mismanagement of these initiatives has prevented adequate progress. To address these problems, the Siragu (Wing) project will work on adopting one village at a time to identify and address pressing issues. These issues include lack of sanitation, lack of education opportunities, health education, menstrual education, alcoholism, domestic violence, lack of job opportunities, and lack of basic infrastructure. NaariSamatā has started work on the first sub-project in the village of Chinna Bettiganapalli in Tamil Nadu, rebuilding the school’s toilets and sourcing water to keep them clean. With a small donation, donors can help improve the lives of marginalized communities in rural villages and provide them with the support they need to build a better life.
Our first project
We started our project by talking to the women of the village to know what their main concerns were. They came up our first project… The recommissioning of toilets at the primary school. The toilets were in a disused state and had been non-functional for sometime due to lack of water supply to the school. The children used the nearby fields when needed.
Meeting the women and children
Building a perimeter wall around the school is an important step to ensure the safety and security of the children attending the school. Without a wall, there is a risk of children wandering out of the school and onto the streets, which could be dangerous for them. Additionally, there is a risk of strangers entering the school unobserved, which could pose a threat to the children’s safety. Furthermore, the lack of a perimeter wall could lead to stray dogs and cattle entering the school premises, which could be harmful to the children. Building a wall would provide a secure and safe environment for the children to learn and grow in.
This is a video of the school after the perimeter wall was built.
The school is facing a classroom shortage as it has only two classrooms to accommodate five classes from year one to year five. To address this issue, we have sponsored the construction of a new classroom. While the ideal solution would be to build three more classrooms, the current funding permits us to commit to one classroom for now and make provisions for another classroom to be built in the future. This part of the project was sponsored by the money raised by Visa.
The primary school in the village was struggling to find teachers after the pandemic when 2 of their teachers quit and did not come back. The children had missed 2 years of education and needed to have the teachers to cope. NaariSamata sponsored a teacher, Akhila, to teach at the school. She was a local who was a graduate and was struggling to find work in the village as her family would not allow her to travel outside the village to find work.