S. Rural Primary Eduation and Vocational Training

Setrawa and Viramdeogarh are small desert villages of a few thousand inhabitants, 110km and 103 km west of Jodhpur. Located in the harsh environment of the semi-arid Thar desert, with temperatures reaching 46 degrees C in the summer months, the inhabitants face water shortages, power cuts, crop failures and sickness. The majority are employed in agriculture or mining, and working for survival takes priority over getting an education. The literacy rate in Setrawa is only 48% in females whilst 81% in males.

Sambhali has two projects in this area:

Setrawa Village   Viramdeogarh Village
The Sambhali Setrawa Project - Vocational Training / Primary Education - (formerly Setrawa Empowerment Centre) was Sambhali Trust’s second project, opening in 2007 and can be considered as Sambhali’s first Primary Education Centre. It was created to give young children access to a good educational programme in Hindi, English and Maths as well as incorporating educational workshops, medical check-ups and washing facilities for those children in rural hamlets with no water supply. Local tutors understand well the needs of these children and foreign volunteers are able to live in this community for several months to help with the children’s tuition. Some of these children have since been sponsored to go to school as well as 40 young girls going to 2 Boarding Homes in Jodhpur, (run by Sambhali Trust) to receive a good education.   The Sambhali Setu Rural Schools Project (Capacity Building of the Children studying at the Government run Elementry Schools on Viramdeogarh Village) opened in partnership with the Government Department of Elementary Education. The project is about strengthening the rural education system of Viramdeogarh village, Dechu Tehsil in the Thar Desert 103km west of Jodhpur.
We offer our assistance to six Government Schools here by providing them teaching materials, volunteers who assist the local teachers with teaching weak children English and Maths and conduct General Knowledge workshops especially on Environment and Sports.
We work in these schools Monday to Friday according to the school hours (summer and winter).

Please read for more detailled information:
SETU Setrawa Pilot Project - 3 months report [4.423 KB]
Sambhali has been able to broaden the horizons of these children and has proved successful due to the number of years it has been running. Ex-students are now the centre’s manager and tutors and are all passionate about providing the children of the village with a good basic education. Alongside the children’s centre, a drop-in centre developed for women to come and meet and exchange ideas and opinions and discuss their personal concerns. This then developed into a Sewing Class, when the women themselves expressed the need to want to learn how to sew their own garments. Apart from being able to produce clothes for themselves and their family the vocational training also gave them the possibility to earn an income. There are about 15 older teenage girls and women attending this class 3 times a week.