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Udbhav: Early Childhood Development Program
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of Rs.15,00,000
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  • Akhand

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    Akhand Pratap Singh
  • U

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Udbhav

    from Pune, Maharashtra

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Story

According to the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS), less than 15% of students in grade 1 could read a grade-level text. Only 50.8% of students in grade 3 could read grade 1 level text. Less than 50% of children under the age of 8 years received benefits from the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). 
These statistics show the current reality of our children.
In the last two years, as we taught middle school students during our fellowship, we constantly asked how far back we needed to go to undo the damage? How early should we have been for our students? Where do we even begin to bridge the learning and developmental gaps that have already happened?
 
Udbhav came to be as an answer to these questions, "as early and as soon as we can."

उद्भव / Udhbav is an impact-driven intervention that provides holistic Early Childhood Development program at the school and community level. The intervention involves a comprehensive curriculum for preschool and employing parent representatives within the community to create a strong program-school-community partnership.
We work with Anganwadi, government schools, and low-income private schools.
Our intervention at schools include;
  1. Holistic curriculum focused on cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development.
  2. Teacher training.
  3. Providing necessary resources and materials to support the children effectively.
Our intervention at the community level involves;
  1. Creating and distributing student kits; to continue learning and practicing activities at home.
  2. Employing parent representatives (Mothers of students studying in the intervention school) to work with the program team and support a group of 10 families to help their children continue learning at home. They are also responsible for conducting support circles for parents to discuss and solve challenges at the community level.
  3. Training parent representatives.
Why do we need funds, and how will we use them?

Udbhav started with the belief that all children deserve a quality start to life regardless of their socio-economic background. We noticed that public institutions that provide free Early Childhood Care and Education are heavily under-resourced. Quality early childhood programs are expensive (the average per child yearly cost of a private preschool in India is estimated to be around 60,000 Rs.).
So our mission became to bring a quality early childhood development program to the communities we are working with for free of cost.
To ensure that the program can continue to support the schools and the communities, we want to reach out to each one of you to help us support these children. The last two years have been challenging for these children, and we wish to support them and their families the best we can.

Below is a rough outline of how we will be using the funds;
  1. To create resource kits for 100 students before April. (Cost of resource packet per child is 4000/year, for 100 children, that comes up to 4,00,000 Rs.)
  2. All our parent representatives are given remunerations for their hard work and time. We are currently working with four parent representatives and will soon be hiring five more to meet the growing student strength. (Cost of supporting each parent representative, including their travel and the stationary cost, is 60,000/year, for ten parent representatives, that comes up to 6,00,000Rs. for a year.)
  3. We are also starting a support drive for health check-up (dental, optical, and physical examination) for all our students. The estimated cost for the campaign to run successfully for a year will be around 1,00,000 Rs.
  4. We will also hire new employees to work with us in various capacities as, point of contact for school and community, helping us create new resource kits, and researching and developing our program. (We will use 4,00,000 Rs. to hire people for various roles.)
There are many other miscellaneous expenses such as resources for teacher training, cost of software to create student-friendly content and resource packets, stationery costs and travel expenses for distribution of kits, and travel expenses for training of parents and parent representatives.

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