We are a non-profit organization working in harda district of Madhya Pradesh since 2017. We are a community based organization formed by youth and working by adopting constitution and constitutional values. The co-founders of Pahar Foundation themselves come from a rural background. Each of them has faced many challenges in achieving meaningful success at almost every stage of their life.
Lacking valuable support systems, they all struggled very hard to compete with peers from more privileged backgrounds.
Thus they decided to come together to establish an organization that could help children and youth from rural and marginalized backgrounds in developing their individual abilities.
With our 4 years of grassroots experience, we are able to see the inter-relationship of various issues, their causes and consequences through our initiatives and experiences. Keeping it in mind, we are working on various issues like child education, youth development, health and livelihood.
About Area & Progam
Located at south-western part of Madhya Pradesh, Harda has around one-third population of tribal communities, mainly Gond and Korku tribes. Most of the people from these communities are farmers or farm labourers and own little or no land. They are seasonal migrants who move to cities to earn livelihoods.
Most of the forest villages are inaccessible by road or phone network connectivity, and cut-off from the main city. Every village has a primary school and a middle school is also available in the adjoining villages. However, high schools are mostly at an average distance of 25 km from the villages. According to census 2011,
Our experience of working with girls from the forest villages has shown that most of the girls drop-out of school after 8th standard. An array of factors such as large family sizes and burden for domestic care work on girls, low resources in the family prioritizing boy’s education, longer distance of school from village, family’s fear of affairs, and unavailability of facilitative infrastructure and knowledge about menstruation are responsible for keeping girls out of school. The social conventions around girls’ gender identity prevent them from pursuing formal education, building their aspirations for self-growth, and gaining meaningful opportunities for their economic independence. Consequently, girls are not able to build their individual identities and they are married off at an early age.
|Connecting them to formal education - ensuring enrollment and retention of girls till 12th standard.|
|Providing them with a platform to develop their interpersonal and technical skills, and gain relevant employment opportunities.|
|Developing girl leaders/role models who can inspire other girls to build their aspirations, and also work at the village level with the families of dropout adolescent girls.|
• Girls will take a step towards higher education to complete their education till class 12th.
• Decrease in dress for child marriages from 9th to 12th
• How are girls participating in the environment with their lives and managing the collection?
• To make the education of girls group at the group level.
• Reducing early marriage and child marriage.
• Reducing gender discrimination.