Success Story
Fatima is the oldest sister within her eight members’ family. She applied for a bicycle, as Gram Vikas Trust informed her school about the program to provide bicycles to girls who find it hard to go to school. Fatima says, "My life has improved for the better: being able to get to school faster avoids any time wasting and gives me the chance to concentrate more on the study." Her grades improved considerably since she entered the program and, although she is just in the 7th grade, she has already started thinking about her future, considering the option of enrolling into university and pursuing an engineering degree. Her family is very satisfied too. Without Gram Vikas Trust’s donation they would not have been able to provide such means to Fatima. She used to spend one hours walking from home to school and then back again. Her father, who is a farmer and occasionally works in industry on daily wages, thinks that the program has had a positive effect on his daughter. Her mother, a housewife, while worried for Fatima’s safety while walking to school, views positively the fact that her daughter spends less time in going to school due to a bicycle and can finally use this time to focus on the studies. Fatima’s younger sisters, although too young for bicycles now, are considering the idea of applying to Gram Vikas Trust’s program in the future.
Mr. Arjunbhai Rathod is a member of the CPC of Detral village in Bharuch district. As CPC member, he is responsible to ensure safety and wellbeing of the children in his village. However, his 10 year old daughter, Daksha, did not go to school. Daksha was asked to help her mother at home. Arjunbhai is the only breadwinner in his family of seven. This was a unique dilemma for the entire CPC. If a CPC member himself did not send his child to school, how would others take the committee seriously? The CPC head, Girish Solanki, and the Gram Vikas Trust’s Development Activist, Mr. Vinodbhai, learnt that the teachers at the school made children work and that is why Daksha had stopped going to school. They then convinced Arjunbhai to speak out against this practice. They also made the teachers realize that this practice of making children perform chores at school had resulted in Daksha losing interest in her education. The teachers promised to ensure that such incidents would not take place in future. Now, Daksha goes to school regularly and cheerfully.
Change is eternal. Change, if perceived and accepted in a positive way, can transform lives and impact them positively in many ways than one. Transformation is the lifeline to betterment. The strategy that Gram Vikas Trust embarks on to ensure a holistic development of the rural community is two-fold. First, it is about generating developmental opportunities for the rural populace, and second, it brings these opportunities to fruition by engaging their skills and efforts – an astute example of the philosophy of transformation through the people for the people. The fly ash bricks manufacturing project of the Kasturba Swa-Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal is a case study endorsing the same.

Fly ash, a waste by-product emerging from the captive power plant, lies in abundance on the periphery around Dahej industrial area near Bharuch (Gujarat). Identifying ways in which this waste could be put to better use was one of the challenges faced by the concerned industries. After a careful analysis and study of the construction industry, it was discovered that an optimal usage of this material could be the manufacturing of fly-ash bricks, the demand for which is on a constant rise for both commercial and domestic purposes.

The bricks made from a mixture of fly ash, gypsum, copper slag, lime and clay powder are proven to be a robust support in creating infrastructural facilities. Construction industry is one of the biggest consumers of the bricks, which are used for varying purposes of canal building, road building, building construction, and compound wall construction among others. The requirement of fly-ash bricks is on the rise for the extension of the Industries. Several government agencies regularly avail of fly ash bricks for creating infrastructural facilities in the rural interiors. Production of fly-ash bricks is considered cheaper and eco-friendly, as against the clay bricks production done through chimneys.

The beginning of this success story dates back to GVT being nominated by the District Rural Development Agency as one of the NGOs to implement the Swarnajayanti Gram Swaraj Yojna (SGSY, a government employment opportunity project) in Vagra block of Bharuch district. On being bequeathed with this responsibility, GVT first set out to form self-help groups (SHGs) of rural women in the neighbouring 28 villages. Through baseline surveys and participatory rural appraisal techniques, a total of 67 below poverty line families were identified.

A systematic plan was formulated starting with promoting the concept of SHGs and their awareness creation through the means of video film shows organised in the villages. The films focussed on the benefits accruing from self-help groups and showcasing similar success stories of NGOs operating in other regions of Gujarat.

This was followed by one-on-one interactions with the prospective beneficiaries and their families. A list of 20 women who were selected for this project was finalised and, at the initial stage, focus on rapport building was ensured. The SHG was then registered and named as Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal. It started with an initial saving of Rs. 20 per month per member.

The 20 woman members were then sent for practical exposure and knowledge to neighbouring areas where the concept of SHG had been successful. GVT played the role of acquiring linkages with the bank for this group’s microfinance activity. After successful savings for a period of 6 months, the SHG started an internal loaning scheme, which was extended for the purpose of agriculture, education and health related activities. After a year of successful operation, the group got its first loan from the bank for an amount of Rs. 45,000, which was given to four members for setting up small scale businesses.
Since the demand for the traditional field of woodcutting that provided most of these families’ daily wages seemed to be waning, rendering the husbands jobless, the SHG repeatedly discussed with the representative of GVT on the possibility of exploring the fly ash brick-making project. An exposure visit of the SHG members was organised to visit the fly ash brick-making unit located at Kamrej in Surat district.

On seeing the confidence and enthusiasm of these women, GVT set forth organising a meeting with the District Development Officer, wherein a proposal for the fly ash bricks manufacturing unit was submitted under the SGSY Scheme.

The proposal was accepted by the district SGSY committee and the government on its part decided to sanction the machinery for this project to a tune of Rs. 3.11 lakhs. The commitment undertaken by GVT was to support in arranging the supply of raw materials like fly ash, gypsum and copper slag free of cost to the SHG. The members of this group approached the Panchayat and met the Sarpanch along with the GVT team to get a sanction for the piece of land with water and electricity supply for the project. Finally the Gram Panchayat conceded in allotting a plot of land in village Bhensali, in close proximity to the main road. This was granted on a commitment by the women to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 1,000 to the Gram Panchayat. A wise and respectful business move.

Thus began the journey of transformation of this highly charged and motivated group of village entrepreneurs. The equipment was installed on 6th December, 2004, and alongside training, the production commenced on 8th December, 2004. Each one an entrepreneur in her own right, with a never-to-give-up attitude, toiled endlessly facing the hardships of learning on the job and initial teething problems. The initial output was a daily production of 400 bricks, which increased to 2,500 bricks a day after the elapse of the first 15 days. The month of January 2005 was witness to still a further increase in production to 3,000 bricks per day and to date the record has been bettered to 3,500 bricks per day.

The entire produce of bricks is collected twice a week by the government contractors who have been making extensive use of the same for the construction of 36 Sardar Awas (housing construction under a government program). Road contractors, canal construction contractors, masons requiring bricks for school repair work, villagers needing bricks for the repairs of their homes as well as the contractors for the Dahej industrial area are the listed customers that Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal has managed to create in a record time of three months. The business is run on similar lines as any professional outfit, where job rotation, on the job training and division of labour are some of the management concepts adopted for better productivity.

The project site has had several visitors of repute ranging from important government officials such as Bharuch and Navsari District Rural Development Agencies’ Directors along with their teams and Deputy District Development Officer, and Taluka Development officer; representatives from the NGOs such as Jan Shikshan Sansthan’s Director with his team of 50; electronic media such as Star Plus, Door Darshan as well as local newspapers such as Sandesh, Gramya Suhas; and executives of various industries.

Besides the list of eminent visitors, the project has created an attraction value for several SHGs who now wish to replicate the same in their areas.
The project has become a pilot case study in showing the involvement of the community for its betterment through its own efforts. The outcome has been overwhelming with each woman now earning daily wage to the tune of Rs. 90 per day. Besides this, there have been several intangible benefits as well. These women are now viewed in their village with greater respect. The village elders route all village related issues through this group and consult them on various issues of significant. The spill over effect of this has been the improvement in the status of women at the micro level within the family and at the macro level within society, increase in the education level of their children and the members of Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal playing the role of motivators and acting as role models to women of other SHGs. In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th), these women ambassadors were specially invited by the district authorities of Bharuch to address an audience of more than 2,000 women at Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Hall, wherein they shared their trial and success stories.
Ploughing back a part of their earnings to the society is something that these women are conscious and passionate about. It is indeed a touching gesture when these women contributed a part of their earning to help the community. On one occasion, they paid for the entire treatment of Lakshman Bhai Vasava, a tribal villager who was inflicted with a severe infection in his foot, rendering him unable to walk. Similarly, Kanchanben, again a tribal villager, was given financial and moral support by these women in conducting the final rites of her deceased husband. Donation of a cupboard to the primary school on request by the teachers is yet another of their noble initiatives.

Every journey ends when the destination is reached. But for these women of Kasturba Swa Shakti Mahila Bachat Mandal, the journey is endless, the destination is upliftment and progress of their counterparts. The fire in their bellies to do well and better with each day is something that we all need to learn from. They have a vision to impart to their fellow womenfolk the training required to start similar set-ups. Their desire to utilize the site for continuous commercial production as well as to provide a training ground for more women is an initiative that will hold them in good stead.

We toast a beautiful life as a tribute to the dedicated lady entrepreneurs!
Gram Vikas Trust started this initiative program in support of girls who wished to continue higher education. Under this program, the girls get bicycles to continue their higher education. Lack of transport facilities locally force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Gram Vikas Trust has provided bicycle to hundreds of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue their high school education. After high school education, they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust also organizes five days residential “Jivan Utkarsh Shibir” (career development workshop) for these girls.
The Aladar village of Vagra block has up to 6th standard Government run primary school. Till 2009, none of the girl children could enrol in 7th standard. There was no girl child from the village educated up to 8th standard from the village. The female literacy rate of the village is also among the lowest in the block. There was 100 per cent drop out rate among the girl children after 6th standard.

In the year 2009 and onward, Gram Vikas Trust decided to provide a bicycle to each girl who passed 6th standard from the village school to enrol in in 7th standard in the school at nearby village Goladra. Since 2009, 100 per cent girls from Aladar village started enrolling in 7th standard, and after 7th standard, they also enrolled in 8th standard in Kadodara village for studying upto10th standard. This is the history in the village created by the bicycles by motivating girl children and their parents for higher education.

All the village girls are really happy that they got their own bicycles – and express thanks to all the donors who helped in this endeavour.

In the year 2011, GVT donated 250 more bicycles to the school girls in drought prone villages of Vagra block of Bharuch District.

Thanks to the donors who have supported theses young girls to dream whatever they wish to. We greatly appreciate all the support you have given us so far and hope that you will be able to help us in our future projects also.

Again thanks!!
Like most girls of her age in Kapalsari village of Bharuch, Jaheda Bibi’s schooling came to a full stop as soon as she cleared her 7th standard, although she was a promising student. That she wanted to grow up to be a teacher herself one day was brushed aside like one of those impossible daydreams. Dreaming after all was just an indulgence.
Reality was that she had a paralytic father. Her mother had to work as a house keeper in the more affluent families of the village to make ends meet and even that fell short. Her 3 younger siblings needed care. And most of all, Jaheda was just a girl. The very burden of all these realties was sufficient to squash any dreams Jaheda’s innocent eyes nurtured.

So Jaheda took care of her brothers and sister and ailing father when her mother was away. During the cotton season, she took the additional responsibility of plucking cotton for an additional income. And on other days, you could find her selling potatoes in the village. Her childhood was so easy to sacrifice at the altar of duty and tradition.

Niruben, the development activist from GVT Bharuch, was at her wits end to bring home to her parents, the gravity of the sacrifice that they were asking her to make. For three months, Niruben kept going back to her parents continuously and regularly. She invited Jaheda’s mother to attend the Child Protection Committee’s meetings where discussions were on about children’s rights and their importance. Jaheda herself was absorbed in the children’s group where she got a few hours to live up her real age.

The persistence finally bore results; Jaheda has been re-enrolled in school. Her siblings go to the Aanganwadi (child care centre). And for now, Jaheda is reliving a childhood that she almost lost.
Steering to School, Pedalling to Prosperity
In Gram Vikas Trust’s project area of Bharuch district in India, more than 85 per cent girls enrolled in primary schools drop out by standard 5th and 7th. Although primary education is free in the government run schools, transportation costs deter rural families from sending girls to school. These families seek a suitable alternative solution to make education a reality for their girl children.
“I want to become a Computer engineer”. This was the aspiration of Ms. Kaushika Gohil. Gram Vikas Trust started "Girl Child Education Through Bicycle" program in support of girls who wished to continue their higher education. Under this program, girls get bicycles to continue higher education through no travel cost. Gram Vikas Trust has provided bicycles free of cost to 500 of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school, they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust also organizes five day residential programme called "Jivan Utkarsh Shibir”, which provide career development counselling for these girls. In one of the workshops, a Ms. Kaushika Gohil said, "Without bicycle, I would have dropped out of the school and would have become wage labourer in fishing activity. I want to become a computer engineer”. High schools education brought aspiration in these young girls as well as in their parents.

Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch has provided bicycles to more than 500 girls since the start of the program.

Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch appreciates our donors’ support for the noble cause.
Breaking Caste Stereotypes
Pankaj belongs to a nomadic tribe. They were living in Adol village of Bharuch block for a few years until recently when the family moved to Tankariya, a nearby village. The house that they live in is nothing more than the shelter supported by four wooden sticks.

When the principal of Adol primary school, Mr. Farukbhai, asked Pankaj’s father, Mr.Paragbhai, to send the child to school, the principal was met with the father’s scepticism and anger. Paragbhai said, “No one had ever suggested this to anyone in their community, never”. He did not only disbelieve Farukbhai, he suspected his motives.

“No one in my community has been to school. We are labourer and our children will also be labourers,” was his response.

The Principal, however, kept visiting the family time and again. He explained to Paragbhai that educating Pankaj would empower the boy to make better decision in the future. After a lot of persuasion, Paragbhai relented on the condition that no one should hurt his son and that he should be well-fed in school. That was the first hurdle crossed. The family did not have any legal papers or birth certificate needed for the school admission. Pankaj did not even have a proper name. In fact, Farukbhai named him as Pankaj and admitted to the school.

Pankaj was one of the first children to go to school from the nomadic tribes in the area. Pankaj successfully moved to grade 2 also. Though he lives in Tankariya, he insisted on going to the primary school in Adol village because all his friends and his favourite teacher, Farukbhai, were there. He was the oldest and biggest student in his class. All the teachers look forward to his bright future. He aims to become a police officer one day.
In the end of December month, Gram Vikas Trust organized child Assessment activity in Aanganwadi (child care centre) on school readiness skill. Child assessment activity has been organized in 80 villages with 913 children. This activity is done working with children of 4 to 5 years in Aanganwadis by providing drawing papers and colour pens. Gram Vikas Trust also involves parents in this activity.

At first, GVT team started activity with home visit to all the children, including those attending the Aanganwadi and those not doing so. The parents of the children going to Aanganwadi are excited to see the assessment activity.

GVT team started the activity by involving the Aanganwadi worker, ASHA (health) worker, parents of Aanganwadi going children and the parents of the non-Aanganwadi going children. In this program, GVT team performed the activity called ‘Maro Prayatna, Mari Safalta’ (‘my effort, my success’).

For that at first we make a group of children and sit them in round. After forming a group of children, we distribute drawing sheet to each and every child. All the children start the activity by as per their own knowledge. All parents are observing the activity of their children. After the activity has been completed, certain observations and results are discussed with the parents. For example, those children who attend Aanganwadi regularly, can do drawing very easily because of their linguistic and mathematical development as increased with their age.
  • In Kasad, Chavaj, Mulad and Randedi villages, some of the children did not show sufficient development as they could not hold pencil properly.
  • 7 children could not differentiate small-big, thick-single and long-short concepts because of less development of their mathematical development.
  • A few parents do not know the level of intelligence of their children.
Parents were happy to see the program. In Mulad village, parents said that they were surprised to see the increasing knowledge level of their children.

During a field visit, GVT team stopped at a tea stall for a cup of tea. At that time, we saw a young boy, Akshay, on the highway road, who had been working there on the tea stall. He was from Vesdada village. As we watched him as a child labour on the tea stall, we asked one man about the owner of the tea stall. The man, Rayjibhai Rathod, turned out to be the grandfather of the boy. He has been running his tea-stall on Dahej highway in Vesdada near a petrol pump. As we suggested Rayjibhai to send Akshay to school, Rayjibhai said the boy did not like school and would better spend time grazing cattle. We had a good discussion with Rayjibhai motivating him to send Akshay to school.

Finally Rayjibhai agreed provided Akshay would also want to go to school. When we asked Akshay why he did not want to go to school, he said he was afraid of his teeth (which were red due to chewing of brittle nut) due to which other students teased him. After a long good discussion with him, Akshay agreed to go to school. Later we found that he grew more confident and attended school regularly.

Following case studies are still to be edited; inconvenience regretted.
We had organized government officers’ training on 8th February 2012 and in this training all government departments such as Samaj Suraksha department, ICPS officers, CDPO, superintendent of observation home, Nari Sanrakshan Kendra officer had come.

During this training superintendent of observation home Mr. Bharatbhai Thakkar gave information about government scheme for orphan and single parent children. He added that if Gram Vikas Trust takes initiative and gave us information about these children we would give most priority about that. Keeping this in mind we conducted a survey of orphan and single parents children, we found total 436 orphans and single parent children in which girls and boys.

After getting information ICPS officers had survey and checked whether they fulfilled government criteria for such benefits in particular schemes. ICPS had selected 183 orphan children in which girls and boys. All these children got benefitted of this scheme.

Similarly in October 2011 we had organized government teachers’ training on school development plan. After this training teachers had supported us in making SDP with SMC members.
Eksal is a 30 KM Far from Bharuch. The Industrial colony is near to Eksal. There are 1 to 8 Standard School in Eksal, besides that there is an also English medium school of Birla Copper in a village so that 4 children of Eksal studied in English medium school. In C.G group we have 8 to 9 children who studied in village school. We do meeting with all children once in a Month on the topic of Child Labour, Child Rights and Child Marriage.

During the December month meeting we discuss that we have to something unique for village which helps the children of village for that we take opinion of all c.g group. There for all c.g member gives different types of opinion. C.g group member told that, Gram safai, Street Play, Rally, calling those children at home who are not going school. By taking all opinion, Development Activist of village suggests that we have to do something unique which helps you in future, because in future perhaps we might or not might be work with you. So in our absence also c.g group activity runs the same in future. So that we have Decide one single place, when we meet, do meeting and all our activity. The development activist has decided for framing a one C.G office in village. After hearing about c.g office all c.g member become happy. They thought that C.G office help them for their exam preparation, completing homework and solution of child abuse case.

Development Activist and C.G Member find one place for an office. That is an old Panchayat office. All c.g member and d.a of the village going convince to Sarpanch of Eksal and take permission for convert an old Panchayat in c.g office. After take permission with Sarpanch they start to clean old Panchayat office to convert into c.g office.

After cleaning that room all c.g members hanging poster, painting, child rights banner on a wall of office. After preparing room for c.g office all c.g member do opening ceremony of c.g office. They also involve CPC, S.M.C, SURPANCH, AANGANDWADI WORKER IN this ceremony.
Primary Information:
Residential Address: Tekari vadu Fadiyu
Village: Kharia, Taluka: Zagadia, Dist: Bharuch
Girl child Name: Laxmiben Rameshbhai Vasava
Mother’s name: Niruben Sanjaybhai Vasava
Father’s name: late Rameshbhai Vasava
Step Father’s name: Sanjaybhai Vasava
Broker/ Contact: Kiranbhai Sukabhai Vasava
Bharuch District was located in Southern Region of Gujarat. This District was big Industrial Hub in not Gujarat But in India or Asia. Most of population was Developed but in partial area some Tribal Pocket. In Bharuch District Zagadia is very underprivileged area, due to less education, Poverty. Zagadia is 25th kilometre far from District Place. Dhodakuva is village of Zagadia Taluka and Mrs. Laxmiben works as Development activist with GVT. Development Activist major role is awareness in the village for Child Rights, cut the numbers of Child Labour, combat with Child marriages, Child Abuse and as on. They very well know about Child Marriage Law and spread since three years. On the date of 09/02/2012 once training held in village Kharia, once 13th years girls not come in this training because her family members arrange her marriage with the boys of Ahmadabad and today day of Haldis, this information she get from C.G and others girls.

D.A. Laxmiben meets her girl and inquiry about marriage than she girl fill comfortable and express her filling front of her. They girl was crying and tells Laxmiben they don’t want to marriage. After Laxmiben meets with her parents and trying to convince them stop this marriage. In the girls house the father of girl was died and step father was present. The family member forceful tries to complete the marriage. After that Laxmiben was return office and tell this truth about the marriage to program Officer Mr. Chetambhai and program manager Mr. Brijeshbhai. And in the organization all P.O, P.M, C.C. and D.A. seat to gather and discourses about what is the solution or next step of this. All member of organization immediately visit the girl’s home and trying to convince her family members. But in the family give argument with them and tell the girl have no father and who care of the girl, girl was very problem for family and the boy’s family was well settle and rich etc. they also trying to convince broker or Agent of who arrange this marriage but his also give excuses. The team of GVT was understood in this marriage some dealing of money by broker/Agent. They family also sing a song of Poverty.

Last they family not convince for GVT team member, the Program Officer Chetanbhai give detailed information to C.W.C. and C.W.C is very positive response and inform the District Superintend of police on the Date: 10/02/2012 Saturday give return application of this circumstances, for stop this Child marriage. The next day the girl’s marriage is comes on the Date: 11/02/2012. All villagers and C.C and D.A. give positive response and support of stop the marriage. Though the marriage stop on the day so all area get I beautiful massage.

On the day Date: 11/02/2012. The Barat comes in Kharia village (the marriage boy come with family for marriage). The time was start of countdown of marriage ceremony but no single police comes in the village, all villagers and C.C. and D.A. call on call of Program Officer Chetanbhai. Program Officer Chetanbhai also contact of DSP office and local police station in Zagadia. But they were Problem of official procedure. Program Officer Chetanbhai give G.V.T. & SAVE THE CHILDREN to police station. They get answer from police station; this marriage is arranged by girl so we can’t do anything. Last they give information about the application of DSP office by C.W.C. so police come in alert and finally Police Jeep comes in village Stop Marriage.
Teacher says “Vishnu comes to school regularly now.”

This is Vishnu’s story which was informed by CG during Life skill Training. In this story orphan child Vishnu became irregular due to loneliness. Earlier he used to go to school with his brother but after his brother joined High school in Zagadia, He became irregular in school but CPC’s efforts worked and he came back to school.

Malpore is 8kms.far from Zagadia and 39 kms far from Bharuch. Malpore has 1100 population and all are tribal. There is a primary school till std.8 and 162 (82boys, 80 girls) children are studying in this school. Vishnu is one of them. He is in standard 3.

Vishnu has 3 elder brothers. Two brothers are in Zagadia high school. Biggest brother is an agricultural labour. His father stays alone; he drinks liquor all time and never gives money in house. Vishnu’s mother got second marriage and left whole family with small girl child when Vishnu was studying in std.1. Vishnu and his brothers are staying with their grandmother named Lalitaben. Lalitaben is working as a domestic helper in Bungalows at Zagadia. Since last year Vishnu was regular but from this year his elder brother came into high school and he had to go to Zagadia for further study. So Vishnu became alone at home. Every day early morning Vishnu’s two brothers go to school, elder brother goes to farm and grandmother goes to household work in bungalows.

So Vishnu used to play whole day in village. He goes to school without having bath, wearing dirty clothes. Teachers send him to have bath and change clothes but Vishnu never return to school later on. He used to play in village, when his grandmother came home he came with his grandma. Slowly he ignored to go to school and run away for playing.

DA (Dharmishtaben) told Vishnu in life skill training to come with having bath and wearing clean clothes. She also told to cut the hair all time Vishnu’s reply was YES but never act. CG group said “Dharmishtaben Vishnu does not come to school, when teachers sent him to have bath he would not come back to school and just play whole day in village. DA decided to meet his grandmother, next day she went to Vishnu’s house with two CPC members named Ushaben and Jeevanbhai. They told all about Vishnu to his grandmother Lalitaben. Lalitaben Called Vishnu and told him having tears in eyes “Vishnu why you do not go to school? You must go to school alone with wearing clean clothes. Your father does not give money for food. If I stay at home for your school what about our daily food? Your mother run away keeping all of you here, your mother does not think about you. I will give you food till my life but what about after my life?” After home visit Vishnu did not go to school but Dharmishtaben and CPC members (Ushaben and Jeevanbhai) regularly visit him and at last got success to send him back to school.

When DA (Dharmishtaben) visited school teacher Bhavnaben told “Vishnu comes to school regularly now.”
CPC members said “It is our duty to keep watch on school, we will regularly visit school and not any single child would drop out.”
Name:- Bhavnaben Ashokbhai Vasava
Father: - Ashokbhai Vasava
Std: 4
Village:- Kavitha

During My Field Visit I heard one matter regarding the migrant girl whose name was Bhavnaben Ashokbhai Vasava. She was studying in std 4th in Pungam, which is a village of Ankleshwar Taluka, but because of some family reasons of her, she would be make migrant with her whole family in Kavitha village. Because of living in Kavitha village for a Permanent base, her father is go for Bhavna's Admission in Kavitha primary school. Principal of Kavitha primary school has indicated for School leaving Certificate of Pungam, where the Bhavna was studied at far, but Bhavna's Father has no received any School Leaving Certificate from Pungam Principal. so that when he was meet with the principal of Pungam in school and asked him for a LC of Bhavna, then because fear of falling ratio of student, he told her Father that you may continue the study of Bhavna in Kavitha village, but I make attendance of her in our school. But the principal of Kavitha village ignore to give admission to Bhavna without School Leaving Certificate. So because of that big confusion of Bhavna's father, Bhavna has stopped her study. At last 20 days she would be find in her house.

When we know all this things that time suddenly we meet our program officer, and with program office I meet with SMC member and told him the whole stories. So SMC Pramukh suggest that give an application to primary school DPEO Bharuch and BRC Of an Ankleshwar.

After that in Kavitha school we do the smc meeting. (In the absence of GVT). SMC Take Decision for sent Application, but the principal of Kavitha village refused for sending application and he immediately inform CRC. By hearing all this things CRC come immediately in smc meeting. After hearing all smc member in smc mitting, CRC take decision that he will meet the CRC of an Ankleshwar and discussed the whole matter with him so in this case you have to not take any decision of sending an Application to any DCPO of Bharuch and BRC of Ankleshwar. So CRC told that he take whole responsibility of getting School leaving Certificate of Bhavna.

After passing 2days The Head master of Pungam School calling Bhavna's Parents and smc pramukh for School Leaving Certificate. Now, Bhavna is Admission in Kavitha primary school. Now she goes Regularly in school.
Development Activist
Champaben Parmar

Shayraben Ismail Daula is a lower middle class Muslim woman having lot of hope in her. She is 32 year old woman staying in KASAD village of Bharuch district. This story is saying Shayraben’s journey from CPC member to Development activist with lot of change in her village and people’s mindset.

Kasad is Muslim dominant village where Vasava and Rathod tribes are second largest community. Total population of the village is 1442 from which Muslim, Rathod, Vasava, Vankar, Rajput, Patel and Brahmin community. The village has primary school till standard 8 and 117 children (64boys, 53girls) are studying. The village is 10 kms away from Bharuch. When project started in 2009 I was a housewife staying in Kasad village. Once it was a CPC meeting in AWC, I was not a CPC member that time but curiously went there and listened to all discussion during meeting. When I was listening interestingly cluster coordinator asked me whether I wanted to join CPC or not. I asked him what to do in this committee? He gave me information about the project, it was such a thrilling activity that I felt and I became CPC member.

I was very much interested in mainstreaming children who were irregular. Any child if I see at home immediately I take him and put him/her into school. If I see any girl doing domestic work other than school going I felt very sad. Because when I was in 10th and wanted to have higher education but my family and society did not allow and during my 16 years age I have been married. It was absolutely child marriage. Therefore as a CPC member I gave my all efforts to children for school going. Meanwhile GVT has given data of 13 out of school children. When I surveyed all these children were not going to school. GVT wanted to start STP class for these children. Before I joined GVT I was taking tuition class of children without taking money so I asked to run STP class. From February 2011, it was a new responsibility given to me as an Educational volunteer (EV).

When I started STP class I had lot of problems such as counselling children, their parents, and education would be more interested so children come back to school. In the beginning I had to go everyone’s home to call for evening class. During STP class I became child with children. Different books were given for children. It was such a useful books and I had taught all books to my children. In the June 2012 all children were re-enrolled to school. It was a happiest moment in my life because I saved all these children from child labour whatever I faced in my life these children would not face. Second time I was very happy when my work praised during NUTRITION WEEK CELEBRATION in September and my photo was selected on the front page of state level report.

At the same time DA of this village left working and because of my hardworking in STP class GVT proposed me for DA. I accepted this job and now I am working as DA since last 3 months.

My aim is making child labour free my villages. Whenever I go to school all these children tell me “Ben why you are not coming to teach us?” and I answer them “I am teaching your parents and all village people that not to send your children in labour but send them to school.”

Still 7children in Kasad, 4in Mahudhala and 3 in chavaj villages are joining in labour work. I have a lot of work to save them from child labour. Now mainstreaming all vulnerable children has been a part of my life.

Shayraben I Daula
Development activist