Vidya Roshan Charitable Trust’s (VRCT’s) vision is to bring about social change by working towards changing the thought process of the community in favour of gender equality, promotion of education, health and woman’s empowerment. Also to provide services to marginalised communities focusing on girls, women and the elderly.
The mission of VRCT is to translate its goal into action by making various interventions in a variety of activities like setting up a Medical Centre, taking up programmes for Integrated Development of Adolescent girls which includes supervised coaching, workshops, extracurricular activities, medical examinations, reproductive health care and menstrual hygiene to improve the status of the girl-child. It simultaneously works for Women’s Empowerment and promotes women’s solidarity by organising them into women’s Jagriti Mandalis, to change their thought process in favour of gender equality, health, education and empowerment through awareness meetings and workshops. VRCT promotes self-reliance amongst women to take them away from the mode of dependency on male members of their families. It encourages economic self-reliance amongst women and girls, by providing them vocational training and assisting them to set up their own income-generating ventures by providing interest-free loans. It also motivates women to take up jobs as factory workers, piece wage workers, hawkers and domestic maids.
The approach adopted by VRCT is by integrating its activities and networking between different categories of beneficiaries so that wholesome benefits can be provided to them as an individual and as a family. This approach creates harmony between different sections of society by bringing them together in common activities and changing the thought process of the community towards growth and empowerment, with emphasis on gender issues.
A very large proportion of the beneficiaries are migrants living in one-room tenements with 6 to 8 families sharing a toilet, living in poor hygienic conditions and having a poorer nutrition level. Approximately two-thirds of the beneficiaries are migrants from UP, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu. Their family occupations are Factory workers, Labourers, Hawkers, Security Guards, Domestic workers, Carpenters, Scavengers and rag picker’s etc. A microscopic number of beneficiaries work at the supervisory level or are petty shop keepers.
VRCT makes concerted efforts to integrate the migrants with the local population.
VRCT is a grass-roots level NGO working to improve the conditions of girl, women and community members, through strong field activity which includes establishing Women’s Jagriti Mandalis, Adolscent Jagriti Mandalis, supported by door-to-door campaigning and mass campaigning. Our field workers have close links with Asha workers, Teachers, Anganwadi workers. We have trained local women leaders to become the catalysts for change by providing them training and further building their capacity through awareness meetings and workshops. VRCT takes up important issues like domestic violence, female infanticide, population control, legal rights of women, gender discrimination and lack of opportunities to the girl child for their development. We adopt other techniques for imparting learning like role-plays, skits, songs, poems, posters and distribution of IEC Material. With this mult-level and coordinated approach better results are achieved for the beneficiaries growth and development. Field workers frequently accompany woman beneficiaries to Civil Hospitals to have Copper T inserted, tubectomy done or for any other serious ailment. Vidya Medical Centre also provides quality Health Care to the patients. Women are also assisted to open bank accounts by accompanying them to the Banks. The workers also liaise with the local municipal authorities if there is a problem of sewerage and water.
The senior staff members help non-school girls to gain admission in schools. In some cases, admission is refused because of non-availability of Aadhar Cards in which case VRCT organises Camps for obtaining Aadhar cards by liaising with local authorities. Staff members contact National Institute of Open Schools to get admissions for dropouts to appear for CBSE Board Examinations for Class X and class X11. They assist in admissions, getting Admission Cards for Examinations and also provide coaching facilities. There are women who have appeared for board examinations after having dropped out of a school for 12 to 18 years.
Vidya Roshan Charitable Trust Board Of Trustees
Veena Eagleton Chairperson
Ms. Veena Eagleton was a member of the Indian Administrative Service. She worked in several departments but gained expertise while working with the Government of India and the Haryana Government in the areas of Health, Education, and Women and Child Development. She was also associated with Women’s Programmes under the Non-Aligned Movement, SAARC, and worked with the Commonwealth Youth Programme and UNDP. She was a Founder Trustee of Nishaant which had looked after abandoned children providing them home and education. Ms. Eagleton is the founder Trustee of Vidya Roshan Charitable Trust. She exercises strict supervision on the activities of The Trust on a daily basis and guides and motivates the staff to work towards achieving its objectives.