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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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www.yourstory.com/2017/12/good-harvest-school/
www.thelogicalindian.com/my-social-responsibility/ashita-anish-nath-agriculture-good-harvest-school-uttar-pradesh/
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9th November 2018
Dear friends,

We are excited that a lot is happening at the school that you have created. The Good Harvest School is reaching out to more students from marginalized families and helping them stay in school. Not only villagers but local authorities are appreciating the school’s culture. This year, we’ve hosted more friends and volunteers as compared to the last year. Last month, we’ve hosted 6 volunteers and an architectural team from Delhi to help us with sustainable school design. We are also working on calendar for Year 2019 as a part of our fundraising activity - designed by an art teacher from Belgium. Moreover, we are making progress in agriculture too, for the first time we are doing Button mushrooms, and our students of class 3 & 4 are taking a lead in it. It is such an encouragement to see their involvement in growing food.

I encourage you to visit us whenever time allows you. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Please continue to pray for our school and all our students, your support is our strength.

Much Love
Ashita

facebook.com/thegoodharvestschool
instagram.com/thegoodharvestschool
Whatsapp: 09161438161

Dear friends,

We are excited that a lot is happening at the school that you have created. The Good Harvest School is reaching out to more students from marginalized families and helping them stay in school. Not only villagers but local authorities are appreciating the school’s culture. This year, we’ve hosted more friends and volunteers as compared to the last year. Last month, we’ve hosted 6 volunteers and an architectural team from Delhi to help us with sustainable school design. We are also working on calendar for Year 2019 as a part of our fundraising activity - designed by an art teacher from Belgium. Moreover, we are making progress in agriculture too, for the first time we are doing Button mushrooms, and our students of class 3 & 4 are taking a lead in it. It is such an encouragement to see their involvement in growing food.

I encourage you to visit us whenever time allows you. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Please continue to pray for our school and all our students, your support is our strength.

Much Love
Ashita

facebook.com/thegoodharvestschool
instagram.com/thegoodharvestschool
Whatsapp: 09161438161

6th October 2018


Warmly,
The Good Harvest School


Warmly,
The Good Harvest School
8th September 2018



Dear friend,

It is such a joy for me to write to you. Our school family has grown to a total of 40 students. And most of them are regular at school. We have recently welcomed 6 new girls from a village little further from our school. Their parents are involved with country-made liquor business, and because they don’t have necessary papers to run such a business that worries us for their future. We are trying to slowly motivate them to switch, but we know it will not be an easy task. We want to also give extra attention to their daughters so that they don’t follow their parents. Hopefully with good education they can make wise decisions for themselves in the future.

We are excited to inform you that a friend from Mumbai supported us with the school uniform which was distributed to our girls on August 15th. They are locally stitched by an NGO and made of Khadi cloth.
In August we had a Canadian volunteer to help us with teaching. She is a traveler, a yoga teacher and workaway volunteer. We hosted her for two weeks and her presence greatly benefitted our students. And currently we have twin sisters from Australia to help us with gardening and teaching.  
On the farming front we are all set to introduce Zero Budget Natural Farming model by Subhash Palekar. We are raising chickens and ducks as a part of our animal husbandry unit at the moment, though a proper housing for them is underway. But we are hopeful that by the end of this month we will have it too.
Please continue to look for a school vehicle for us as we are struggling to accommodate all the students in a small car.  Any pre-owned bigger vehicle that can fit 20 students would be good for us. We are also extending our deadline to meet our target.

We are extremely grateful for your support and trust. Please visit us whenever time allows you.

Regards,
Ashita



Dear friend,

It is such a joy for me to write to you. Our school family has grown to a total of 40 students. And most of them are regular at school. We have recently welcomed 6 new girls from a village little further from our school. Their parents are involved with country-made liquor business, and because they don’t have necessary papers to run such a business that worries us for their future. We are trying to slowly motivate them to switch, but we know it will not be an easy task. We want to also give extra attention to their daughters so that they don’t follow their parents. Hopefully with good education they can make wise decisions for themselves in the future.

We are excited to inform you that a friend from Mumbai supported us with the school uniform which was distributed to our girls on August 15th. They are locally stitched by an NGO and made of Khadi cloth.
In August we had a Canadian volunteer to help us with teaching. She is a traveler, a yoga teacher and workaway volunteer. We hosted her for two weeks and her presence greatly benefitted our students. And currently we have twin sisters from Australia to help us with gardening and teaching.  
On the farming front we are all set to introduce Zero Budget Natural Farming model by Subhash Palekar. We are raising chickens and ducks as a part of our animal husbandry unit at the moment, though a proper housing for them is underway. But we are hopeful that by the end of this month we will have it too.
Please continue to look for a school vehicle for us as we are struggling to accommodate all the students in a small car.  Any pre-owned bigger vehicle that can fit 20 students would be good for us. We are also extending our deadline to meet our target.

We are extremely grateful for your support and trust. Please visit us whenever time allows you.

Regards,
Ashita
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MK
MALIKA KAUR BANGA donated Rs.10,000
Seshadri
Seshadri donated Rs.15,000
MW
Mark donated US $40

Veena Kumar told me about your school and I watched Meenu's video. Good work out there!

KK
Kashveen donated Rs.1,500

A lovely initiative ! Great people to go out of their way to do this for others.

A
Anonymous donated US $17.14
A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500

All the best!