Vidya Dhan (the name means “gift of education”) is a small charity set up by family and friends, it has been in operation since 2012. We are now a registered charity subject to UK tax and company law and can claim the benefit of Gift Aid.
It is generally accepted that lack of education is the key to gender inequality in India. Girls become victims of a vicious circle where their parents, specially their mothers, are not educated. Economic benefits of education and the costs involved in undertaking such educational attainment have been perceived differently for boys and girls. The perception was that parents who bore the private costs of investing in schooling for girls failed to receive the full benefits of their investment. This was largely true because much of the payoff in educating girls was broadly social in nature rather than economic. Such perceptions still endure and we at Vidya Dhan believe that it is our collective duty to break this vicious cycle and free our girls of the shackles of ignorance
Who We Are
Vidya Dhan's main area of operation is in India and to a lesser extent, East Africa where it helps children, especially but not exclusively, girls from poor families. Its main objectives are:-
1) Contribute fully or in part towards the school fees of children
2) Contribute fully or in part towards costs of school uniforms, shoes and stationery
3) Reimburse children's medical costs if parents are unable to afford such costs
4) Counsel parents in order to provide a safe and nurturing home environment
5) Provide after school tuition and help with homework where necessary
Vidya Dhan has been fortunate enough to recruit two voluntary outreach workers in India who select children in need. At present the charity operates in and around rural areas of Bangalore. If our income increases we hope to be able to widen our area of operation. As the presence of Vidya Dhan has become known the local villagers approach our outreach workers in order to obtain funding for their children's education. In addition the outreach workers visit local villages to seek out children from particularly poor families. No preference is given to children on basis of religion or caste. Once children are enrolled into our programme we monitor their progress at school and provide them and their parents with assistance as required.
Children have benefitted greatly from our programme. These children would not have been able to afford even basic state education whereas some of them are now being educated in good English medium schools. For the 2017/18 academic year there are 27 children in our programme.
Our primary aim is to sponsor all children in the sponsorship programme to Year 12 which is approximately equivalent to GCSE A level. In addition we are hoping to accumulate funds to sponsor exceptionally bright girls’ education to college and university. One of our girls has, this year, been awarded a scholarship to a college of her choice. She will read science subjects and go on to follow a career in dentistry. We have one girl who is in the second year of her IT studies and another who has recently started her B.Com course
Girls who stay in school get married at more appropriate ages, have children later and have fewer children. They can take better care of their own and their children's nutrition and health. Education opens up livelihood options and allows girls to contribute to the economic improvement of their families. Educated girls make for informed voters and thereby improve governance around them. Education gives these girls a sense of self; a sense that they can influence their lives. Most importantly, when educated girls become mothers they impart better sense of values to their sons.
18 Walker Close
London W7 3NB
Our Phone No.
+44 208 578 2848
+44 744512 78348
Our Main Area of Operation
See map below