Reaching The Unreached

Banas Education & Charitable Trust, India

Aishwarya Sharma on November 14, 2018 in Education

In a developing country like India, where government is still facing difficulty in providing as well as distributing resources and education to each and every citizen disregarding their culture, race, religion, sex and so on even after making a number of schemes according to special needs such as Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, etc., needs help in making India of our vision through individual or group basis. As it is self-understood that no big change could be achieved in a single night or only through one person, each and every individual should contribute in. Similarly, Banas Education & Charitable Trust operates in Banaskantha district of Gujarat for the welfare of society.

Banas is a Non-Communal, Non-Government and Non-Political Organization established by a group of dedicated persons working in the field of socio-economic development. It is a Trust and a Society registered in the year 2003. Since then through its well-coordinated and concerted efforts over the years, have been able to bring about sustainable changes in the lives of thousands of men, women, children and youth from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Minority and Migrant communities. Their effort does not end in improving their lives; they also enable them to manage and maintain the positive growth curve initiated by their team. For this they involve the community at every stage right from planning, implementing and monitoring.

They serve the socially and economically marginalized sections of the communities through different need based development activities. Their thrust areas are health, education, livelihood and skill training and awareness and advocacy. Apart from regular project activities, they organize various awareness camps/shibirs, workshops, meetings, and seminar as per the need and demands of the communities they work for. They manage and run Navajivan Hospital at Navavas in Banaskantha district.

Their mission is “To promote welfare of the disadvantaged communities across the spectrum of health, education, livelihood, awareness by working for the communities with the communities” and their vision is To strengthen the underprivileged communities, emancipate and empower and thus enable them to lead lives free from poverty, inequality, injustice and indignity.”

Their work objectives are as follows:

  1. To work for the overall welfare of the last mile communities of Gujarat irrespective of caste, creed, religion, race, gender
  2. To promote social development through education
  3. To focus on the socio-economic development of the tribal communities and enhance their access to equitable development opportunities
  4. To improve access to quality safe, affordable and timely healthcare services for the disadvantaged communities
  5. To support unemployed and poor youth, men and women in getting decent livelihood opportunities
  6. To undertake scalable, value-based and sustainable projects to improve the life conditions of vulnerable groups like children, women and persons with disabilities

Their activities include four major dimensions:

Awareness and Advocacy

They conduct awareness camps to sensitize, inform and educate poor rural women about their rights and entitlements with the aim to increase their active participation in the decision making process both in the family and community. They organize environment awareness camps/rallies/seminar to motivate people to plant more trees, save water and save the environment, awareness camps for women self-help groups (SHGs) to sensitize them on the functionality, benefits, administration and decision making process of an SHG and much more.

Education

They conduct non-formal education classes at nominal fees for school going children as well as for drop out children. Children hailing from poor families are provided free education. They have provided non-formal education to thousands of students over the years. Children are taught English, Mathematics, Science and other subjects. They sensitize parents on the benefits of educating their children and the provisions under the RTE, etc.

Health

Banas Education & Charitable Trust is the only NGO working in health in the tribal areas of Banaskantha district. It runs Navajivan Hospital at Navavas in Banaskantha district. The hospital caters to more than 35 villages. It is the only hospital within 45 kms of Navavas.

Livelihood and Skill Training

Agriculture and animal breeding are the main sources of livelihood for the rural people in their area of operation. So every year they give priority to arrange awareness and training camps on modern agricultural techniques, horticulture and floriculture and disseminate information on modern technology by for farmer families. The camps are conducted by agricultural experts and successful farmers. They also invite animal care experts and veterinary doctors for sharing useful tips and information on animal care, breeding and other areas of animal husbandry, etc.

Salute to all those hard working people who are contributing in to make India of vision. To know more about BANAS or join them visit right now!

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