HELP US TEACH AGRICULTURE TO GIRLS IN RURAL UNNAO.

The Good Harvest School is an initiative by young individuals from diverse fields who aim at providing quality education to village-girls and nurture them with values and competencies by giving the right balance between curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We aim to help our students stand abreast with students across the globe.

At The Good Harvest School the girls are given education beyond just books. The school being nestled amidst farm fields provides ample of opportunities to learn from the natural surroundings and breaks the monotony of being restricted within four walls of the classroom.  Basic education, agriculture lessons and co-curricular activities form an integral part of the curriculum. The Good Harvest School is bringing quality education to young girls in rural Unnao and giving them a fair chance to learn and grow.




OUR JOURNEY SO FAR (2016-2018)

In 2016, the school started with 6 girls and today we have more than 30 students. From being non-school goers to becoming regular to school, our students have come a long way. They have shown tremendous progress in all areas and have emerged confident and expressive, they show readiness to learn and embrace a novel concept with ease. It’s a delight to see some of them being able to read fluently in Hindi and their keenness to converse in English. Their lives are a beautiful story of challenges and hope; they show immense enthusiasm and determination to be present at school every day.
All of this happened because you supported us. Our journey started with an idea and many believed in it. We are growing gradually and becoming stronger in our mission to bring quality education to young rural girls without any fee.





WHY DO WE NEED TO TEACH AGRICULTURE TO OUR GIRLS? 

In 1989, the government released its first report on India’s women workers in the unorganised sector, of which agriculture forms an overwhelming majority. The findings stated that 85 percent of employees in the farm sector were women, be it as cultivators or daily-wage labourers. The report also discovered that women were equal toilers in traditionally men’s activities like transplanting, harvesting and threshing paddy, treading pulses and breaking stones. They did this in addition to performing their socially assigned roles of child-rearing and household chores. But to the Census, they were just ‘housewives’.

This prejudice continues today, as Mrinal Pandey points out in a searing article on invisible female farmers. From preparing the land, selecting seeds, preparing and sowing to transplanting the seedlings, applying manure/fertilisers/pesticides and then harvesting, winnowing and threshing, women work harder and longer than men. Yet they are under paid and remain invisible. But the undeniable fact remains that India’s agricultural industry, which employs 80 to 100 million women, cannot survive without their labour.

The Good Harvest School is a small yet a long-term effort to groom young girls from the beginning to make right choices. And groom them to become better future farmers.
At The Good Harvest School an open space is provided for students to learn about good farming practices. The students get a hands on experience in preparing seed beds, grow a variety of saplings/seedlings in nursery and become aware of the know-how of new-age agriculture.









Dear friends,

The school started its first batch with 6 girls in September 2016. But we did not have any plans to open a school initially. My husband and I started a small animal farm in 2013. Before opening a school, we worked closely with the farming community providing them better seeds, connecting them with agriculture experts and providing assistance. After spending a lot of time working amongst the farmers, we realized that we’re only helping them on small issues and neglecting the most basic of all. Primary education. But unfortunately, the local schools struggle to provide holistic education. The prime reasons are shortage of qualified teachers, poor infrastructure and lack of teaching skills. Due to which rural students suffer the most, especially girls. Finally we reached to a point where we couldn't ignore it anymore. So we decided to open our farm doors to girls and give them the same quality of education as compared to city-based school. And to create better opportunities for them in the future, we incorporated agriculture as a subject in the curriculum.

We are extremely happy and nervous at the moment. This time we are raising quite a bit of funds to achieve our goal of self-sustainability. We require teachers, better transport system for students, new sheds for animals, and some basic housing. We are hopeful that this campaign would reach to enough number of donors so that we can meet our needs. I urge you to give generously and help us spread this campaign. Only through your generous giving we can continue to give free education to our girls.


Regards
Ashita Nath
The Good Harvest School


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23rd July 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for  your love and support. This means a lot to us.

It gives us immense pleasure in informing you all that the program is going well. Now, we have a total of 15 new children. We are planning on buying a school bus. We also have programs in school wherein the children visit the farms. We also have a few volunteers on-board.

Thank you everyone for being so supportive.

Regards,
The Good Harvest School
12th July 2018


Dear friend,

It’s a joy for me to write our first update of the year. More than ten new girls have joined us and we are hopeful that a few more would enroll by the end of this month.

Regular classes have started and the girls are excited to have a piece of land allocated to each class to grow seasonal vegetables. The older girls are getting hands on experience in making a low cost coop and are eagerly looking forward to raise chicks all by themselves.

We are grateful to have your financial support, please continue to spread our campaign so that we would have our needs met. Our primary need is to raise salaries for three teachers and a caretaker. Considering our target, we are increasing our deadline. And we are hopeful that we will be able to reach our target in its due time.

We have another request, kindly let us know if there’s any school/institution who would like to donate/sell their old vehicle which can be used for pick and drop. We are currently using our personal small car.

Along with this mail I am excited to share couple of images of our girls making a chicken coop and sowing turmeric.


Love,
Ashita
 
26th June 2018
Friends, summer vacations are almost over, we will be re-opening the school on 2 July and this year we encourage you to visit us and meet our students.

During the holidays, we have been on our toes to plan a better and more product year ahead. We have recently registered ourselves on workaway.info to get volunteers to help us in teaching or farming. We are also on airbnb now to raise more funds for the school. We attended a workshop on Earth and Bamboo construction in Auroville. And have also started working with an architectural firm in Delhi to plan a basic layout of the school.

On agriculture front we are doing cauliflower (early crop) this month. Our plan is to slowly become self-sustainable through agricultural income.

We are truly thankful to you for donating your hard earned money. Please share our campaign to all your friends and help us continue on our free green education mission.


Regards,
Ashita

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maitreya donated US $100
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PUSHKAR donated Rs.500
11 days ago

Accha hai jo v volunteer aana chate hai aa sakte hai kya

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11 days ago

All the best.

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Tejaswini donated Rs.500
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