The PROGRAMME -ROSA has now got a new acronym called GCARD
stands for Girl Child All Round Development. This is because
the development of girl child is at the core of the programme.
Under this programme the Centre provides the opportunities
for the teenaged girls primarily to learn basic education
such as language and mathematics. Alongside, vocational
training on various skills to both young men and women are
imparted. This progrmme was started in the year 2005 under
the name -ROSA. It stood for Rojghar and Saaksharath. The
activities are conducted at the Centre's premises in the
village - Sarai Mohana.
Young women are trained in new skills and their upgradation.
Training will be given for a period of six months. A nominal
stipend of Rs.100 per month is given to encourage these
girls. After six months period, if they wish to come and
work they are allowed to do so. But they are not eligible
for the stipend. On average 25-40 girls aged between 16-20
years are getting the benefit from this programme. As part
of this training, they learn to make files, folders, pouches
for mobile phones, CD covers, knitting, embroidery, etc.
These products are sold in the exhibitions organized in
the Campus. The margin earned is shared with the women/girls
who produce it besides giving them their wages for making
Training on embroidery at Benares Hindu University
Benares Hindu University had organized training on embroidery
during the month of January 2009. The Rural has association
with Self-Reliant Initiatives Society (SRI), an NGO, in
organizing some programmes jointly. Through this society
10 girls from GCARD were sent for the training held in the
Export of embroidered Kurtas
The girls are involved in making embroidered kurtas which
are produced under Uschi's Project. They are exported to
US. Please see our webpage on Unit for Women Empowerment
to know more details
Vocational Trainings & Literacy Programme
a) Carpentry: The Centre conducts
training programmes to the youth on various trades. During
the year 2006-07 the Centre organized training on carpentry.
10 boys participated in the training and most of them got
b) Electrical Works: Last year
2007-08, another training progrmme on electrical works was
conducted and ten boys were trained. They were given a stipend
of Rs.400 per month. Mr. Shivshankar Vishwakarma of M/s
Rao and Rao Company, Varanasi, facilitated training programme.
c) Literacy classes: During
the last year (2007-08) classes for school drop outs were
started. Children aged ranging from 10-13 attend these classes,
where regular subjects were taught. It is a vertical group
comprising of all students studying in different classes.
d) Play Home: Play home is another
activity at GCARD for tiny tots. Small children are engaged
in different activities during the morning sessions.
The Centre wishes to intensify and expand these programmes.
Paucity of funds is the constraint.