Support the nutrition of poor girls to aid education by Sapna

by Sapna
Support the nutrition of poor girls to aid education

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This program is fully funded because of donors like you.

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Every monthly donation helps more girls like Deepika get basic nutrition

Little Deepika is a resident of Kaduki Village in Alwar, Rajasthan, and the youngest student in her school, Sapna Sikshyalaya. When she joined the school she used to come wearing dirty clothes, without taking a bath. She couldn't converse with her teachers and classmates.

Slowly and gradually, with invested efforts from the school teachers and their teaching methods, Deepika slowly started changing. She now comes to school tidily and on time. She interacts with everyone and now trusts the teachers enough to share her problems with them.

The school works with a vision of empowering young girls from marginalized communities by providing them with a quality education.

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Program Description

Sapna's 'Support the Girl Child' program 'Pankhuri' currently works with over 33 underprivileged girl children from the villages of Kaduki, Vijay Mandir and Thekra in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Beneficiaries for the program are identified at the beginning of the academic year based on their family's economic condition.

The girls are admitted to reputed schools and Sapna takes care of all their needs, including school fees, uniforms, books, and transport. The Program Coordinator monitors the academic progress of the girls in the schools. The girls covered in this program report to Vijay Mandir from where they are sent to school in a bus owned by Sapna.

After school, the girls come to Vijay Mandir where they complete their homework with teacher assistance, attend library sessions, computer classes, and receive nutrition before going home. When you donate to this program, you will support the nutrition of underprivileged girls at Vijay Mandir.

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Sapna was created by a group of professionals who shared a dream to work on a people-centric model of development in areas of public health, education, women empowerment, community development and social welfare.

Inspired by Gandhian ideals of social change, their primary objective is to: Empower the poor and marginalized; Provide shelter to the sick and destitute; Promote community health programmes and services; Support literacy centers and e-learning; Facilitate livelihood programmes; Help the poor access information and resources; Work for environment protection and conservation. Their basic focus is to help those who are the most vulnerable and are in dire need of help.They believe that development has to be holistic to break the vicious cycle of poverty and wish to bring about visible change. They work by focusing energies in these sectors as well as building their understanding of the related issues.

They believe that any organization, or for that matter, any individual, whose fundamentals are based on the virtues of honesty, ownership towards our society and regard to human dignity, are bound to grow in the right direction and the last 10 years have been a testimony to this philosophy.

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Founded in 1991
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Sudhir Pratap Singh

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Girl Child | children

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Rajasthan

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provided care and nourishment to 367 unknown trauma victims

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1 October, 2021

Activity report Jan - Jun 2021

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

During the Covid period, we couldn't have regular classes in school, so we thought of the alternative of village class, as we knew that no classes meant children would be deprived of education and they will forget everything which we have taught. Being an English Medium school, we were apprehensive about it. We started with our classes in villages. It helped the teachers to be with their students and continue with their academic development.Teachers are regularly going to the villages to teach students. They set up an open classroom where students can sit keeping in mind the recommended precautions. Some of the parents have provided us with the compound of their house where teaching is done. We regularly talk to the parents and students about the importance of taking precautions during this pandemic. We emphasize the importance of wearing masks and sanitization to the students and set an example by ensuring they have their masks and sanitize their hands before attending the class. We provide masks and sanitiser for the same.The total number of students covered under this was 200Despite lockdown, students were studying in the villages. As the class size was small every child was given proper attention. Teachers helped their students resolve academic issues.Location of the ProjectVillage Name/ City Name Kaduki, Thekda, Dehra, Chandoli, BalaDehra, MangalBaas, Dhokdi, Rundhshahpur,Tedpur,Todiyar,Jatiyana,Dholidhoop, Nangli-Munshi, BhandwaraBlock/ Tehsil AlwarDistrict AlwarState RajasthanKey activities during covid in last 5-6 monthsBasant Panchami Celebration: As school was functional for class 7 the students and staff celebrated Basant Panchami. Prayer was offered and then Prasad was distributed. Students were told the importance of this day in our culture.Republic Day CelebrationThe day started with wishing students Happy Republic Day in their respective WhatsApp groups. Teachers decorated the premises by making Rangoli outside the NGO premises and near Flagpole. The notice board was also decorated. Peepal baba was brought to unfurl the national flag. As children couldn’t be called for Republic Day Celebration, the teachers were instructed to go online so that the students could also participate in the unfurling of the National Flag and National Anthem. After the National Anthem, many students presented poems and speeches online. This was a unique experience for children as they felt involved in Republic Day Celebration even though they were not present there physically. Sapna Ma’am spoke to the children about the importance of this day.The programme ended with the distribution of laddoos to all the staff and patients at Vijay Mandir. After the celebration teachers were dropped at Biodiversity Park near Bala Qila for a picnic.Parents Teachers MeetAt the end of the session, the PTM was organized following the Covid norms. The parents were called in different time slots so there is less crowd Home Visit: Home visits are an important feature of Shikshalaya. Teachers visit the houses of students to know how they are coping with the pandemic and if they are facing any major issues which can be solved. Even teachers get to know the environment in which the child is staying. Nutrition: Sapna Shikshalaya has always emphasized the role of a proper and healthy diet. Teachers remain in constant touch with parents regarding their child’s diet. Though the students were coming for village class the teachers continued to be strict regarding the diet of children. Sapna Shikshalaya provided almonds and bananas on daily basis and also provided Bournvita regularly.Online Classes: As the lockdown started the teachers reverted to the online classes. They fixed their schedule for classes. Teachers of the preprimary and primary level ensured that they emphasize oral work rather than writing. The mode of teaching was learning by doing. Classes 1 to 7 teachers taught the chapters. They also took oral assessments. Prayer before starting the class: It is mandatory that before starting classes students should recite prayers. Teachers speak to the children about their moral responsibility and how they should respect their elders. Classes: Classes have been functional since June. Teachers are visiting various villages and teaching students and ensuring that they give the best and quality education despite many constraints eg As many classes are conducted on terraces when there is rain it has to be shifted to other places. Teachers devote 2 to 3 hrs in each village. Teachers have been assigned a timetable schedule as per their subject and class. They go to different villages depending on the distribution of the students of their respective classes. The schedule is designed in such a way that it covers all the classes and subjects for all students.


Challenges faced and next steps

The current pandemic has been a very challenging time for Sapna Shikshalaya. Ensuring continuity of the teaching-learning process and delivery of educational content has been extremely challenging as, first, our teachers come from Alwar town that is around 10 km away and, second, our students are girls from an underprivileged background from the neighbouring villages.The main method of communication during these times has been mobile phones, the internet and computers. Our students do not have access to computers at home but, due to the prevalence of mobile internet, they could arrange smartphones using which we conducted online classes and interactive sessions. Even after this arranging of smartphones, it has not been easy for many students to arrange internet data packages.We have tried our best to communicate with students by sending printed documents to their homes, teachers calling up students and making WhatsApp video group calls. Challenge was the lack of smartphones with the parents. It was great to see parents trying their best to arrange smartphones even from their neighbours and relatives so that their girls were not deprived of a good education. But few children were unable to study online as their parents don’t have access to smartphones.To overcome these problems, we decided that instead of students coming to school, the school shall go to the students.School and school-supported programs are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide children with academic instruction, either in-person or virtually; social and emotional skills; safety; reliable nutrition; physical /occupational /speech therapy; mental health services; health services; and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits. Beyond supporting the educational development of children and adolescents, school plays a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity. As such, it is critical to reflect on the differential impact the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated school closures have had on different racial and ethnic groups and populations facing inequities. Families rely on the school to provide a safe, stimulating, and enriching space for children to learn; appropriate supervision of children; opportunities for socialization; and access to school-based mental, physical, and nutritional health services.At Sapna Shikshalaya we are preparing children to follow rules to keep them safe. Children are informed time and again about Do’s and Don’ts to save themselves from Covid-19. Teachers shall be given the responsibility to ensure that regular training of parents and children about the third wave is provided so that they can save themselves from its effect.Though the immunity of the children is quite strong but with many mutant viruses strains to emerge, it is necessary to follow all protocols related to COVID-19 to prevent its effect. Children fall under the most vulnerable group of our population. In contrary to adults, it is very difficult to plan for various preventive and management strategies in children due to their wide age range and anatomical, physiological, immunological and psychological differences. This protocol will provide an understanding of the approach for care of children at home and support parents, caregivers and practitioners to take care of children during the pandemic of COVID-19. 1. Promoting hygienic practices among children2. Proper mask 3. Social distancing 4. Respiratory hygiene 5. Keeping children engaged at home6. Other things to keep in mindSpecial care by Sapna Shikshalaya• Teachers have been continuously ensuring the safety of their students during the lockdown. Teachers were in constant touch with the parents, visited their houses, distributed rations, thermometers, sanitiser and masks to every household. • With the help of the local medical authority, Shikshalaya initiated the drive to ensure that all the adults in the students’ households are vaccinated. Parents were informed in the morning of the location of the nearby vaccination camps. In a few camps teachers were there to ensure that parents and grandparents get themselves vaccinated.• NGO Sapna has come with one more initiative of telemedicine where our teachers and students are enrolled so whenever they require medical facility, they can utilize these services free of cost.• The parents have been informed about the Ambulance services and oxygen services which are provided to people if required.


Stories from the ground

Impact story from the ground:Name of the Beneficiary: Arti Age:13Class: 7Location: Bala DehraBackground Story: She is the eldest of three sisters. Father owns a ration shop and mother is a housewife. Being from a rural background she has set ideas. She is good at academics but a little apprehensive about English. Initially, there were a lot of communication hurdles but teachers helped her to overcome her limitations. They took her extra classes and now she can cope with the curriculum. On January 24 National girl child day she participated in the programme organised by the women and the child welfare department. She recited an English poem confidently which was applauded by people. Now she helps her classmates in academics and takes a keen interest in academics. She loves to participate in co-curricular activities. She even helps her sister in academics. During village classes, she attended the classes regularly.The support given: Extra classes for English, regular motivation by teachersProgress: she is doing well in academics, tries to communicate in English, sincere towards the task given


23 March, 2021

SAPNA SHIKSHALAYA- A SCHOOL FOR UNDERPRIVILIGED GIRL CHILD

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and the continuing problems related to it have seriously hampered regular running of school. Online class with limited resource of the children could not be as effective.
During the lockdown teachers were taking on-line classes till the first week of June. As we were thinking of options for involving more and more students.
Therefore, the School & the teachers came up with very innovative solution. The teachers visit different villages and conduct small group classes in home of one of the girl children where other from the villages join in.
In one of the villages the class had to be conducted in temple premises. The outcomes have been phenomenal. It is all due to dedication & hard work of the teachers who walked the extra mile to conduct the special classes.
Initially, classes were conducted for two days in week in all the 16 villages but recently we have decided to extend them to five days a week class and in some village thrice a week.
Teachers devote two hours daily in each village .The course for children is quite up to date.
In the lockdown period we have distributed a ration kit to all of our students. Nutrition such as Nuts, Cookies, Sprouts, Fruits is being provided to all of girls daily.
We have also given life skills training to all our girls.
Topics covered under Life Skills are : Cleanliness, decision making, self- awareness, self-discipline, creative thinking, empathy through stories, communication, problem-solving etc.
Key Highlights:



  1. Independence Day celebration: Pandemic has not reduced the spirit of teachers and students. We celebrated it with fun and fare. Program started with the hoisting of National Flag and singing of National Anthem. Students recited the poems and showed their love for their motherland. Few students gave a dance performance. Programme ended with the distribution of laddoos.



  2. Counseling: Teachers are busy counseling the parents who suffered a job loss in the lock down period. Many of the parents who wanted to withdraw their ward because of financial constraints were counseled so that they remain with the school.



  3. Teachers Day: Students of Class 6 celebrated Teachers’ Day. They arranged activities for teachers like musical chairs, etc. They also made cards and presented them to the teachers.





5 August, 2020

Health and education go hand in hand

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Health and education go hand in hand




SAPNA Shikshalaya, a pre-school was started by Sapna in 2015. In 2019, The school was recognized by the Govt of Rajasthan (Department of Education) and accorded a middle school status.
170 girls have enrolled in the school in academic session 2019-20. There are 11 teachers with an experienced principal and education motivator to supervise and coordinate their work. A well-designed curriculum focusses on developing the oral and written skills.
Updates & Highlights of some of the events:



  1. Celebration of Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2020- The day started with special assembly where the theme for “Thought for the day” and “Talk” was the life of Gandhiji. This was followed by a small quiz on Gandhiji. After the special assembly students went to their respective classes. Teachers took attendance and then students of classes 1 to 5 came out for shramdaan. The classes Nursery to Prep did a painting activity on Gandhiji. After the shramdaan, students had their lunch and got ready for the celebration programme.The programme started with the beautiful bhajan “Vaishnav Jan To” by students of classes 4 & 5. Then nursery children danced on the song “Vande Mataram’ followed by LKG Dance on “Hum Chote Chote Bacchhe Hain”. Another favourite bhajan of Gandhiji “Raghupati Raghav Rajaraam” was sung by classes 4 & 5. The children of class 1 danced on the song “Chhoona Hain Aasmaan” followed by a skit of class 3 “Gandhi Ek Yatra”
    Class 2 students presented a dance on “Desh Mera Rangeela’ followed by Prep Dance “Bande Mein Dum”. Then class 4 displayed their skills through a beautiful skit “Swachh Bharat”. Programme ended with dance “Ae Watan Azaad Reh Tu”.

  2. October 27th Diwali celebration: Children of class 5 made Rangoli and there was dance performance. In the assembly, children were told the reason why we celebrate this festival.

  3. November 14th, 2020, Children's Day Celebration: School celebrated the Children’s Day where students of classes LKG to 1 went to Nehru Garden, enjoyed the train ride and water ride while students of 2 to 5 went to museum. There they saw the costumes, war armaments. They were totally mesmerized by it.

  4. December 25th 2020 Christmas Celebration: On December 25 students celebrated Christmas. Various activities were planned and each class came with the respective presentation and in the end the students and teachers circled the Christmas tree and sang and danced on jingle bells.



22 July, 2019

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Program Update


SAPNA started a pre-primary school named SAPNA Shikshalaya in 2015. The aim of the school was to provide 'quality, flexible and relevant learning' and targets poor girls in rural areas. A nominal fee of Rs.16 a day is charged to promote ownership towards the program. The program is envisaged to empower poor and marginalized girls with capability, freedom and choice to follow their dream.
The following events and celebrations held during the quarter:



  1. Republic Day Celebration on 26th January, 2019

  2. Basant panchmi Celebration on 9th February, 2019

  3. International Women's Day Celebration on 8th March, 2019

  4. Annual Day Celebration on 23rd March 2019

  5. SMC meeting on 23rd March 2019


“SAPNA SHIKSHALAYA” celebrated its Annual Day on 23rd of March, 2019. The Chief guests Sudhir Pratap Singh (Gen Secretary, SAPNA) Prof Ranvir Singh (Secretary, SAPNA) Mrs. Nikunj Sanghi, some ambassadors of SAPNA and parents of girls graced the occasion. The function started at 10:00 am. Mr. Niranjan Chandrul (Educational Motivator, SAPNA Education Division) welcomed the chief guests, ambassadors and all the parents present in the function. Lightening of the lamp by Prof. Ranvir Singh & Sudhir Pratap Singh marked the inauguration of the Annual Function.


The program was ushered by Saraswati Vandana sung by our tiny tots with Niranjan Chandrul. The tiny tots of SAPNA sung some rhymes. Next was a dance performed by junior girls of SAPNA Shikshalaya on Nani Teri Morni & Ungli Pakad ke chalna respectively. This was followed by skit on save the girl child. After that prizes were distributed to girls who have performed well during the academic session and for other things.
In the last the General Secretary Sudhir Pratap Singh addressed the gathering and put his thoughts on role of education in country, vision of SAPNA SHIKSHALAYA and shared future plans for our tiny tots.


Plans for new academic session 19-20
New admissions-30
Total Strength will be 177
Class 6th will be added
2 set of uniforms will be given


Story from the field


Aditi D/O Veerwati lives in Kasba Dehra. She was 3 years old, when her father passed away. In April, 2017 two other parents from village Kasba Dehra came to Sapna Shikshalaya for the admission of that one girl and said, “Aditi needs good education and her mother is not able to pay the school fee.” School management called Aditi with her mother. When Aditi came to school for the first time she was not willing to talk to anyone. She was wearing torn cloths and was scared of people around her. As her mother was unable to pay school fee so, the school fee was waived off. The girl was 7 years old at the time of admission. She used to go in Class- I to the Government school of the village but she didn’t even know alphabets, numbers etc. She was admitted to class- PREP. This was so challenging for teachers to bring her up to that class level. But due to teacher’s hard work and dedication of the girl, she has been able to read and understood the small sentences independently. She actively participates in all class activities. She regularly comes to school very tidy. She has been promoted to class - I in March 2019. We are very happy to see such a great change in her life.


What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?150
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date147
Village/City/State where project is locatedSapna Shikshalaya, Vijay Mandir, Alwar, Rajasthan
Total Budget for the project for FY18-192800000
Total Expenses for the project YTD2804000

30 October, 2018

Sapna's Update

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Program Update


We at SAPNA believe that girl education is essential for the equitable
advancement of society. Improvements in girls' education benefits the status of the family and empowers women. Sapna Started a pre-primary school on 8th July 2105 named 'SAPNA Shikshalaya'. This program was for economically deprived and underprivileged girls. Currently 146 girls are studying in the school. There are 10 teachers under an Educational Motivator and a Coordinator to supervise and coordinate their work. A well designed curriculum focuses on developing the oral and written skills. Use of teaching aids enables the children to learn pre-writing and pre-reading concepts. The school provides uniform, books, stationary and nutrition. Girls are provided healthy food in school to overcome nutritional deprivation that often exists due to poverty and gender bias at home. We also provide transportation to ferry the children from their villages on a no profit no loss basis.Nutrition provided to girls as per list mentioned below:
Monday - Namkin Daliya & Fruit
Tuesday- Museli Milk & Fruit
Wednesday- Sprouts & Fruit
Thursday- Daliya & Fruit
Friday- Milk & Fruit
Saturday- Poha & Fruit


Events & Celebration-
The following events & Celebrations have been organized during the quarter:



  1. Two Parent Teacher Meetings- The agenda of meeting was tree plantation, construction and use of individual toilets, Health & Hygiene of girls, Constitution of School Management Committee

  2. Celebration of Independence Day

  3. Celebration of Raksha Bandhan

  4. Celebration of Janmashtami

  5. Games Day


Story from the field


The Girl child of SAPNA Shikshalaya and Pankhuri celebrated the 72 th Independence day with great enthusiasm and respect at Vijay Mandir, Alwar. The ceremony started at 8 AM in the Vijay Mandir premises with crowd of our girl child, Anandam inmates, SAPNA staff , and parents.
The Coordinator Alwar Chapter & Education Motivator welcomed the gathering. To commemorate the sovereignty of our nation, Shri Jagi Ram Ji (First Inmate of home) unfurled the tricolour flag and all in unison the crowd sang the National Anthem and expressed the joy of our freedom.
The tiny tots of SAPNA Shikshalaya sang the patriotic song that awakened everyone's felling towards our Mother Land, next was a dance performance by Nursery and Prep 1 girls of SAPNA Shikshalaya on songs Nanha--Munna Rahi Hu" and "Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani" respectively. The girls of class 3rd and 4th performed a skit on cleanliness. The Programme concluded up with the Vote of thanks. At the end sweets were distributed to the students.
Indeed, it was a day of joy, a day to love and respect our country and make it a better place for Indians to live and experience the freedom, peace and unity in diversity.


Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19146
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year146

8 June, 2018

Sapna's update

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SAPNA started a pre-primary school named SAPNA Shikshalaya in 2015. The aim of the school was to provide 'quality, flexible and relevant learning' and targets poor girls in rural areas. A nominal fee of Rs.16 a day is charged to promote ownership towards the program. The program is envisaged to empower poor and marginalized girls with capability, freedom and choice to follow their dream. The program nurtures the overall development of the girls. This entails hygiene, discipline, punctuality, nutrition and overall turnout, in addition to learning and personality development.
The program aims at providing low cost primary education to girl children coming from poor and less privileged community.


The objectives are:



  • Raise awareness about importance of girl's education;

  • Provide low cost primary education to girl children unable to access quality education;

  • Provide support to girls who are poor and struggling to bear schooling costs;

  • To mitigate dropouts and motivate more girls into schooling;

  • Improve the educational status of underprivileged girls;

  • Increase girls self-awareness, decision making and problem solving skills;

  • All round development of girls.


Currently 132 girls are studying in the school. There are ten teachers under an Educational Motivator to supervise and coordinate their work. A well designed curriculum focuses on developing the oral and written skills. Use of teaching aids enables the children to learn pre-writing and pre-reading concepts.


Deepika's story


Deepika D/o Babal is a resident of Kaduki Village, district Alwar who took admission in nursery class of Sapna Shikshalaya in the month July 2017. She is the youngest girl in our school. When she joined our school she used to come unclean, without taking bath and wearing dirty school dress. She couldn't converse with her teachers and classmates. Slowly and gradually, with efforts of our school teachers and their teaching methods (which aim at overall development of child) we were able to bring some change in life of Deepika. Our school works with a vision of empowering young girls of marginalized community with the help of education. Presently, she comes neat and tidy, presentable to school. She has started indulging in her studies, interacts with everyone and do not hesitate in sharing her problem with us. She loves to recite poems. She is very energetic and confident. She enjoys her work in class and has performed well. She received a prize on Annual Day in "Well Groomed" category. She has been promoted to class LKG in March, 2018. We wish to bring such positive change with every girl of our school.



13 March, 2018

Tiny tots rejoice and learn aplenty on festivals!

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The tiny tots at Sapna Shikshalaya and Pankhuri are made to experience various cultures through the celebrations of all kinds of events and festivals. Over the last couple of months, they celebrated Christmas, Diwali and Children’s day with great enthusiasm.
Diwali was celebrated with great pomp and splendor. The girls were told the story behind the festival, and taught a beautiful song, which was followed by sweets distribution. The girls were overjoyed to be greeted by a Santa with a bag full of treats and goodies on the occasion of Christmas. They learnt the importance of sharing and caring from their teachers, who used examples from Jesus’s life to illustrate how they could help each other. The children loved participating in all the activities organized on the occasion of Children’s day - they were very happy with all the special attention coming their way. The day ended with a Prize Distribution ceremony. The rest of the children didn’t lose heart either, for they received chocolates too!