Project PRAGASH Phase-I (2008-12)

Khumriyal is one of the most backward villages of Kupwara, which is the most backward district of J&K State. Illiteracy and poverty already prevailing in this district (located along the Line of Actual Control with Pak. Administered Kashmir) have been compounded by the ongoing armed conflict and cross border terrorism, over the last two decades. Efforts from the State Government, to bring this district out of economic backwardness in order to be effective, require a massive support from civil society. Strong intervention from NGO’s for removing illiteracy and creating alternative sources of employment other than government service, are urgently required. Khumriyal is located at the centre of a group of villages which are equally backward. Educational infrastructure in the government sector in this area has proved totally inadequate and deficient in quality. Educational backwardness aggravates the problem of unemployment which in turn breeds to waywardness amongst the unemployed youth and leads them to violence. Keeping in view such scenario, in Year 2008, HELP Foundation developed a Project proposal and submitted it to Sir Dorabji Tata Trust with the following objectives in:

  • To improve the level and quality of education among rural children, especially children (Orphans), physically challenged children and girls.

  • To impart vocational training to women and drop-out youth to enable them to engage in gainful pursuits.

  • To impart vocational training to destitute/widow women to enable them to engage in gainful pursuits.

  • To promote the use of computers for bridging the digital divide and also eventually facilitate the use of computers for receiving on-line education.

The total grant requested from SDTT by Help Foundation is Rs.84,66,000/.


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