Asha Kirana, Orohalli
YEAR STARTED: 2016
SUPPORTED BY: Juniper Networks
In April 2016, HOPE foundation and Juniper Networks joined hands to set in motion a shared vision – that of ushering in quality education for the children of Orohalli Panchayat near Hoskote in rural Bangalore. We started with Orohalli, Attivata and Chikka Thagali villages and later reached out to Gonakanahalli, Thagali Hosahalli, Injinahalli and Solur villages too. Most of the people in Orohalli are farmers, daily wage laborers and garment factory workers.
While existing government schools in Orohalli lack the support and infrastructure for quality education, families cannot afford to send their children to private schools in the city which are also far from their homes.
The idea was to ensure the children of Orohalli had quality education at schools they could afford and within walking distance from their homes – so that they are motivated to stay in school and their parents are encouraged to send them to school every day.
Similarly, the Anganwadis (government childcare centers) would also be equipped to help young children prepare for school, creating a culture of learning at a very young age. Thus, project ‘Asha Kirana’ was born.
From April 2016 to April 2017, Asha Kirana reached out to over 300 children in Orohalli. The schools here recorded 12.7% increase in student enrolment, while the Anganwadis saw 23% increase in attendance by the children. Nine out-of-school children joined a school or an Anganwadi as a result of our direct intervention.