Aralu - Pre-primary Centers 

Project Brief: Formation and Operation of two pre-primary for the children below 6 yrs of age of working women.
Project Type: Pre-Primary (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Chicago
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Sweta Murthy
Project Partner(s): Meril K.T
Other Contacts: Tata Venkata
Project Address: , c/o K.T. Meril, Jerusalem Colony,Behind Karnataka College,Bidar,
KARNATAKA  585401
Tel: 91-08482-224160
Stewarding Chapter: Chicago
May 2017ChicagoUSD 3315
Oct 2016ChicagoUSD 2682
Apr 2016ChicagoUSD 4842
May 2015ChicagoUSD 2138
Nov 2014ChicagoUSD 3868
May 2014ChicagoUSD 3953
Nov 2013ChicagoUSD 0
Nov 2013ChicagoUSD 3267
Jul 2013ChicagoUSD 7169
Apr 2013ChicagoUSD 3514
Nov 2011ChicagoUSD 3150
Jul 2011ChicagoUSD 4140
May 2011ChicagoUSD 2262
Nov 2010ChicagoUSD 2243
Jun 2010ChicagoUSD 4480
Dec 2009ChicagoUSD 2146
Sep 2009ChicagoUSD 2087
Jul 2009ChicagoUSD 2026
Mar 2009ChicagoUSD 1933
Dec 2008ChicagoUSD 1804
Aug 2008ChicagoUSD 2038
Jun 2008ChicagoUSD 2084
Apr 2008ChicagoUSD 2240
Jan 2008ChicagoUSD 1348
Aug 2007ChicagoUSD 1052
Apr 2007ChicagoUSD 2103
Dec 2006ChicagoUSD 2100
Dec 2006ChicagoUSD 2000
Dec 2005SeattleUSD 4800
Jun 2004ChicagoUSD 2600
Dec 2003SeattleUSD 2620
Sep 2003ChicagoUSD 5370
Sep 2003ChicagoUSD 1500
Jun 2002ChicagoUSD 5300
Jun 2002SeattleUSD 2500
Dec 2001ChicagoUSD 5850
Jun 2000ChicagoUSD 5200
Jun 2000SeattleUSD 2600

Total = $114324

Apr 2017 Aralu PPC Budget Proposal 2017-2018
Mar 2017 Aralu PPC Budget Poll Results 2017-2018
Apr 2016 Aralu PPC Budget 2016-2017
Apr 2016 Aralu PPC Budget 2015-2017
Apr 2016 Aralu PPC Poll results
Jan 2016 Aralu-PPC-SiteVisit-Jan2016
Oct 2015 Aralu PPC Update 2015
May 2015 Aralu PPC Budget 2015-16
May 2015 Aralu PPC Budget Votes 2015-16
Dec 2014 PPC-Audit-Report
Apr 2014 Aralu_PPC_2014_Budget_Votes
Apr 2014 Aralu_PPC_MirjapurSiteVisit_Nov2013
Apr 2014 Aralu_PPC_2014-15_Budget
Apr 2014 Aralu_PPC_2014_Budget_Votes
Nov 2013 Aralu PPC Yedlapur Site Visit Report
Nov 2013 Aralu PPC Yedlapur Site Visit Report - PDF
Mar 2013 Aralu_PPC 2013-14_Budget_Proposal
Dec 2012 Aralu_PPC_20120-13_Budget
Dec 2012 Aralu PPC 2012-13 Budget Vote
Dec 2012 Aralu_PPC_StatusUpdate_June2013
Oct 2011 Budget Comparison (2010-2011)
Jul 2011 Aralu-PPC Budget Proposal 2011-2012
Jul 2011 Initial children list for T Marjapur PPC
Jun 2011 PPC Budget 2011-2012
Dec 2010 PPC-Original Draft Budget File 2011-2012
Jun 2010 Site visit June 2010
Jun 2010 Approved 2010-11 budget for PPC
Mar 2009 2009-10 Approved budget
Jan 2009 Site visit 2009
Sep 2008 Annual report 2007-08
Sep 2008 Audited financials 2007-08
Jul 2008 Apr-June 2008 expense report
Jul 2008 2008-09 PPC Budget II
Jun 2008 May-June 2008 Yedlapur teacher report
May 2008 Feedback from 2008 site visit
May 2008 May 2008 T.Marjapur teacher report
Apr 2008 April 2008 T.Marjapur teacher report
Mar 2008 Asha Hyderabad site visit
Mar 2008 2008-09 PPC budget
Feb 2008 Conference call February 2008
Jan 2008 Jan 2008 conference call
Apr 2007 2006-07 funds utilization
Apr 2007 2006-07 Progress report
Mar 2007 Budget proposal 2007
Mar 2007 07-08 budget discussion
Feb 2007 Conference calls Feb 2007
Feb 2007 Education statistics
Jan 2007 Site visit 2007
Sep 2006 September Conference call
Apr 2006 Revised PPC Budget 2006-07
Apr 2006 Conference call April 2006
Dec 2005 Annual report 2005
Jun 2005 site visit june 2005 photos - set1
Jun 2005 Site Visit Report by Shankar
Jun 2005 Children's camp 2005
Mar 2005 PPC funds utilization 2004-2005
Oct 2004 PPC funds utilization 2003-04
Jul 2004 Anuual Report 2003-04
May 2004 Photos from site visit 2004
Apr 2004 Site visit report
Sep 2003 PPC and Govt schools data 2001-03
Sep 2003 Site visit report
Jun 2003 Annual report 2002-03
Jun 2003 budget utilization report 2002-03
Jun 2003 PPC progress report 2002-03
Dec 2002 Aralu schooling statistics 02-03
Jun 2002 budget utilization report 2001-02
Dec 2001 site visit report
Jun 2001 budget utilization report 2000-01
Dec 2000 Read about the socio-economic condition at Bidar
Sep 2000 Site visit report
Dec 1999 Site visit report
Asha Chicago supports pre-primary centers in the Bidar district. The region in which these pre-primary centers are located has a high incidence of first generation learners. In most families, both parents are not educated. Given this, the parents are not inclined to send their children to school and education is not considered important. Daily wage labour is the sole means of earning an income. Parents prefer their elder children to go to work. There is also a high rate of migration of the male members of the families from this region towards the city. This has resulted in a number of families with single mothers supporting thier children.

In order to solve this problem, Aralu, the local grassroots partner came up with the idea of opening pre-primary or day-care centers. The day care centers were created for the children, aged 6 and under.

When the project began, Asha Chicago started with supporting two pre-primary centers; one in the village of Kamthana and another in Yedlapur.

The three year plan at the time of inceptiuon was continuing the centers and creating a continued aptitude for schooling. A five year plan includes enrolling the children into mainstream education.

With this in mind, over the last few years, Aralu has been working with the local authorities to improve the scenario in the government run Anganwadis or day care centers. The transition started in 2006; beginning with the closure of the Kamthana Pre-Primary Center and the children being sent to a government run Anganwadi.In 2008-09 Asha Chicago began supporting a new pre-primary center in T Marjapur village in Bidar district which was transitioned into a government run Aganwadi leading to the closure of the PPC center in 2015. Asha Chicago continues to fund the other pre-primary center in Yedlapur as conditions are not conducive for a similar transition as yet.

Aralu believes that this model of theirs is proving extremely beneficial in the region and therefore requested opening more pre-primary centers in other villages where the need was felt.
The project aims to create a positive environment for the children, provide access to education, motivating mothers to participate in a child's education needs and improving enrollment at the primary school level.
ARALU, is a secular, non-profit, Non-political non-governmental voluntary welfare organisation registered under Karnataka Societies Registration Act of 1960 and also registered under foreign contribution regulation act 1976. They operate in the backward and drought prone areas of the Bidar district. Long term objectives include integrated rural development, social and environmental awareness, education facilities, and develop depressed sections of the society. Their activities include education of children, child rights education, self help groups for the mahila sangha, watershed and agricultural development program.