TMA is dedicated to uplifting the quality of life in impoverished areas of the Thane District of India. We accomplish this through programs in education, health and economic development that lead to self-sufficiency.
EDUCATION & VOCATIONAL TRAINING
TMA has three tracks of helping with education in the Ganeshpuri area.
1. GIRLS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
Education gives a woman a step up the ladder of gender equality and opens the way for greater opportunities of self-expression. In the outback of rural India, as in Ganeshpuri area, the women are greatly neglected by Indian society. The women in the villages walk to the well five to eight times a day to get water. There is no infrastructure for water delivered to their homes. And the water is not clean but usually contaminated with pathogens and chemicals.
Collecting water at the local well is a daily chore for most village women repeated 4-8 times.
In 2001, the literacy rate for India was 52.2%, but for Adivasi tribal women, the rate was a stunningly low 18.2%. There are so very few opportunities for bright village girls to access higher education in their nearby villages. Some parents refuse to let their girl children take the local buses to the schools in the cities. And those parents who wish to see their girl children go for advance degrees and education are limited to due to lack of funds. The women in rural India lack the same opportunities to which the young men have access. We are committed to closing his gender gap in education of the young women of this area.
In July, we start a new cycle of helping young women to attend advanced schooling in engineering, medical college, nursing, teacher college, agriculture specialty, hotel management and tourism, computer technology, and social work. Their applications have now started. We have helped about 15 young ladies with higher degrees in the past two years. We would like to do it again. We are now interviewing girls and their families, checking their records, their family financial status, and their references. We had one girl falsify her records in these past few months, so we have had to deny her help, as well as be on more guard for any kind of deception. Gita Lotankar, a teacher and supervisor at the Divine Grace School in Vajreshwari is our Scholarship Manager and is overseeing the application process. She offers counseling and guidance as well as verifies the schools and fees that our ladies are presenting. We will probably need about $ 5000 if we are to help all the girls who apply with their requests for higher education.
The village female youth have many odds against their dream of higher education: poverty, cultural restrictions, absent parents, family fears, neighborhood rejection, and lack of career guidance.
2. ACQUAINTING YOUTH WITH THE VOCATIONAL PROGRAM AT RAMA KRISHNA MISSION.
PLEASE SEE OUR PAGE ON RAMA KRISHNA MISSION.
3. IMPROVING THE INFRASTRUCTURE AT LOCAL SCHOOLS THAT SHOW DEDICATION AND COMMITTMENT TO THE EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN.
In 2014, TMA helped the Saraswati Secondary School remodel their building and thus qualify for the government's installation of a computer lab. The lab not only has 15 computers, but the grant gave them two computer teachers for five years as well as paying their electricity to run the lab.
The government required that the school bring the classrooms up to an acceptable level of occupancy, something the school had not been able to afford up to then. Through the networking and fundraising of TMA, the school was able to qualify for the grant as well as paint the entire building, install new windows where there were none, and finish the science lab tables.
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