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Samarthya: Join Parents on their Journey to Demand Quality Education

What do we need from you?
We raised 4.23 Lakhs last year. This year we are continuing our campaign to raise an additional INR 10 Lakhs which is a part of our total budget to work with 400 parents in Delhi and the Sonipat District of Haryana. We are equipping parents with the knowledge and skills required to demand quality education. 


What will the money be used for?
We conduct 10 formal interactions with each parent we work within a year Each of these interaction costs INR 250 per parent. The testimonial below exemplifies what do these sessions lead to.


Why Samarthya?
Samarthya was co-founded in May 2016 to ensure every child gets a free and quality education as promised under the Right To Education Act  (RTE Act). 

As per a 2017 CAG report, only 8% schools comply with the basic yet mandatory norms and standards laid down in the Right To Education Act. We see a large scope and need for our work.  You can read more about why Samarthya was started in this Logical Indian article.

Our Belief:
We believe empowering parents/ communities at a school-level for governance and accountability is critical to the success of the movement towards quality education

Our work:
We are among the few organizations in India that are doing intensive work with School Management Committees (SMCs). These SMCs mandatorily consist of 75% parents and the main role of the SMC is to monitor the implementation of the Right To Education Act. Last year we worked with 14 SMCs in Delhi. This year apart from Delhi we have started work in Sonipat in partnership with the District Administration. We are currently incubated by Teach For India, UnLtd Delhi, and the Advaith Foundation.
 
In the short term, we enable parents to become accountability and governance partners in government schools.
In the long term, we help foster a demand for a free & quality education in low-income communities.

Who are we?
Samarthya is led by Teach For India, BITS Pilani Goa, IIT Alumni. The team has a collective work experience of 16 years in the social sector.


We are currently incubated by:
                                                                                                                                                                 
                    
Please donate if you connect to the cause or share our belief that informed and equipped parents are going to change the education landscape for the better.  You can read more about Samarthya on our website: www.samarthya.co
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28th July 2018
There is a story about a guy walking down the street who falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. "A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, 'Hey you. Can you help me out?' The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?' The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a friend walks by. The guy in the hole says 'Hey, Joe, it's me can you help me out?' And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, 'Are you stupid? Now we're both down here. Joe says. 'Yeah but I've been down here before and I know the way out.'
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Meet Nanhe Ram Ji. he is a resident of Gokalpur Village, He was an ex-SMC  (School Management Committee) member. We have worked with him for 2 years now.
The pictures below are from problem-solving sessions conducted with different SMCs, the one person that is common is Nanhe Ram Ji.


Nanhe Ram Ji now actively guides these SMCs in solving issues in school. He has often connected these SMCs with the right people in the right department who can solve the issue at hand. Whenever the SMCs in his area have found themselves in a metaphorical hole, he has jumped right in with them and said 'I have been here before, and I know the way out.'   
Local people having and sharing their agency to solve local problems is what is at the heart of Samarthya's mission. Enabling potential Joe's such as Nanhe Ram Ji is what Samarthya is in the pursuit of. You can know more about our work by watching the video below.

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Please find below the 3 key updates from our last quarter:



1. A Grievance Redressal Rate of 50%
Efficient Mid Day Meal Delivery, Improving Teacher Regularity, and Punctuality in the school and classroom are some examples of issues parents have taken up and resolved on their own.
It has taken us 2 years to get here, but what we are witnessing now is that parents are able to resolve half the issues they raise all on their own.
This is unprecedented in the communities we work with. In a complex world, with rapidly changing contexts, co-designing interventions and leveraging local knowledge is the way to go forward.

2. Student Voices Reaching SMCs

Children feel confident when they witness SMC members regularly visiting the school. They know their concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon. Such articulation, such courage gives us hope.

3. Our Firsts In Haryana
Our journey in Haryana has been one of the impossible probabilities and improbable possibilities. We have many firsts in Sonipat with SMCs. SMC meetings happening for the first time, parents and principal inspecting the school together for the first time, our sessions happening for the first time.  

(Anti-clockwise: First SMC Meeting, First round, First round, First Session)

It takes time for people to reimagine the role and potential of parents as changemakers. We have taken long strides in Sonipat to enhance this sense of possibility with all stakeholders involved.  
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Exaudio, Comperio, Conloquor. That's a Latin phrase which roughly translates into; To Listen, To Learn, To Speak. We have made an attempt to inculcate this phrase ourselves and in the communities, we work with.

We believe democratic governance demands that people listen to and speak to each other while being open to learning. Finding such people and enabling them to shine is what Samarthya is in the pursuit of.

We are not aiming for the stars, we are aiming just an inch higher.
Please do reach out to us for any queries. For regular updates, you can visit our facebook page.
 
30th April 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for your donation. Your hard earned money has gone into enabling parents in Delhi NCR region. Your support has meant a lot to us. We are proud to have you as our partner. With every passing day, I am more and more hopeful that quality education for all is going to be a reality very soon.

Please find below a few key updates from the last few months:

Partnership with the Government of Haryana:


We are delighted to inform you that Samarthya has secured its first official partnership with any government. Samarthya will 15 SMCs in partnership with the Government of Haryana.

New Year New Sessions:


In Delhi, new SMCs were constituted in January 2018. We conducted 10 training sessions and 6 support sessions in the last 3 months.

Parents were given circulars about duties and responsibilities of the SMCs. In the support, we facilitated a discussion among parents to prioritize the problems they want to solve in schools.  

Sessions with TFI SMC Social Workers:


We have also conducted 2 sessions in the last 2 months with Teach For India Delhi fellows and staff who are working in SMCs as social workers. We will be working with them throughout the year, supporting them in leveraging SMCs as a
structure to create meaningful impact in their respective schools.

Hubli Diaries Deshpande Foundation:
We got a chance to present our work in the grand finale of Sandbox Samvidha. Samarthya was one of the 6-8 organizations which was invited to run a 3-month pilot in Hubli, Karnataka.



One year of Incorporation: The Retreat
Samarthya was incorporated on 15th February 2017. We celebrated our 1 year of incorporation at the retreat. The team got a chance to reflect, rejuvenate and reconnect in the hills of Naldhera.

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If fidelity to freedom of democracy is the code of our civic religion then surely the code of our humanity is faithful service to that unwritten law that says we shall give our children better than we ourselves received.

The parents we work with epitomize this. They exemplify how a dearth of time or resources is too small a barrier compared to the enormity of their will to give their children a life better than they themselves lead.

Finding these parents and enabling them to shine is what Samarthya is in the pursuit of.

We are not aiming for the stars, we are aiming just an inch higher.

Please do reach out to me for any queries. Keep checking our facebook page for regular updates.

I am attaching our impact report for the last year for your reference.
25th September 2017

Dear Supporters,

Apart from our official logo above, today I just wish to share 3 things, 3 of the most incredible updates from the last 4 months. Before I begin, I just want to officially welcome the 34 new donors since the last time we posted an update.
Incredible Update #1: Citizens To The Fore

One Line Summary: An informed parent is central to a good public education system, just like an informed citizen is central to a democracy.

Your support enabled us to launch our SMC (School Management Committee) election campaign. Running on a slim budget, we have covered 70+ schools in the North East District of Delhi.  We intend to cover a total of 126 schools. You can read more about our effort on Youth Ki Awaaz.
(Parents being informed about what role can they play in the upcoming SMC elections during a Parent Teacher Meeting in Kakrola, New Delhi)
(Outgoing SMC members spreading awareness so that more and more parents play an active role in the public education system)

Incredible Update #2: Parent Organized Weekly Reading Camp

One Line Summary: Parents organize a weekly reading camp for all the children in the community.

(Pictures from the weekly reading camp organized in Mohan Garden)

Incredible Update #3: Himachal Pradesh Calling

One Line Summary: We were invited to Himachal Pradesh to conduct SMC training(s) in collaboration with the DIET of District Solan.

We conducted training(s) for more than 15 SMCs in July and August.
(SMC members going through the Himachal Pradesh government circular about duties of the School Management Committee)

Key Facts: In the last 4 months, we have visited the communities we work with over 50 times, we have conducted over 10 sessions and we have been running the SMC election campaign for over 3 weeks now.

The money you donated has made it financially viable to run our operations so far and for at least 3 more months.

If you are ever in Delhi and can spare the time, please let me know, we would love for you to see the work on the ground.

Please do reach out to me for any queries. Keep checking our facebook page for regular updates.

Thank you for your support. It is much needed and much appreciated.
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