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Dobhi Village School (also known as Bodhgaya Project). Primary Steward : Padmavalli Dakoju. Project Description. Location : Dobhi Village, Bihar, India. Area (urban/rural) : Rural Primary Focus : Primary education for children from low income families (dalits/tribals).

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Dobhi Village School (also known as Bodhgaya Project)

Primary Steward: Padmavalli Dakoju

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Project Description

  • Location: Dobhi Village, Bihar, India.

  • Area (urban/rural): Rural

  • Primary Focus: Primary education for children from low income families (dalits/tribals).

  • Project Type: Formal primary school.

  • Amount Requested (US$): Rs 131,400/ $2986 ($1=Rs44)

  • Purpose of Funding Request: Operational costs.

  • # of Beneficiaries:115 children, 3 teachers

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Project Goals

  • Current Condition of Beneficiaries: All the children are from very low income families (daily wage laborers). This area has one of the lowest literacy rate in India.

  • Short-Term Objectives: Provide opportunity of education to the rural children.

  • 5-Year Vision – Provide basic formal education to underprivileged children in rural Bihar.

  • Community Involvement – Helps in acquiring land, volunteers at the school, help set up a dairy farm, sewing center.

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Project Background/Impact

  • Background, that is, how did the request reach us? – Existing project. We funded this last year.

  • Sources of Information: Email contact with Nick Hansen (project liaison) and Deepak Kumar (chairman of the trust).

  • Successes/Impact Thus Far: The number of students attending school has increased. Almost nil drop out rate. Mainly impacted Dalit community.

  • Challenges: No new challenges mentioned. Last year they mentioned about political unrest in Bihar. No direct impact so far.

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Organization Description

  • Name of Organization: People First Educational Trust.

  • Background of Directors: Mr. Deepak Kumar, Chairman of the trust. Dr. B. K Verma, Mr. Nanda Kumar, secretary.

  • Other Activities of Organization: vocational training center, sewing center for women, 16 more schools in other parts of Bihar and Jharkhand.

  • Impact on Community/ Beneficiaries Reached So Far: Approximately 2000 children in 16 villages.

    Any red flags?

  • Religious or Political Affiliations: No

  • FCRA status: Yes

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Existing Infrastructure/Facilities

  • Staff: 3 full time teachers

  • Infrastructure: Using a rented building.

  • Food/Medical Services: No

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  • Curriculum Currently Used/ Government Recognized?: Bihar government syllabus. Might move to central government’s syllabus.

  • Teaching Methodology: Formal

  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 3/115, ~1:38

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Expected Outcomes/What After?

  • What happens to beneficiaries after this program? – Many beneficiaries have moved on to government run secondary schools. Out of which many have passed matriculation and few have gone to the University.

  • Measures of Success – Don’t have database of all the former students and their current state.

  • Evaluation Methods – N/A

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Budget for Requested Funding

  • Total amount requested - $2986.00

  • Educational costs: per year (in dollars)

    Writing books 750.00

    Pen, Pencils, crayons 382.00

    Teaching material 273.00

    Recreational items 136.00

    & First aid supplies

  • Operational costs:

    Teacher Salary 1187.00

    Rent 205.00

    Administration 54.00



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Budget for Requested Funding

  • Other optional costs:

    Warm cloths and blankets – 250.00

    Hand pump for the school and villager – 250.00



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Other Funding Sources

  • Previous/Other Funding Sources – Asha Stanford, Trust gets funding from various sources.

  • If funding has been discontinued from another source, reasons for the same

  • One-Time Costs/Continuing? Plans for self-sufficiency – Trust has some land where they grow cash crops. No other plan mentioned.

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Project Big Picture

  • Education Components - $2986.00

  • Non-Education Components - $500.00

  • Funding

    • NGO:

    • Project:

    • Our Component:

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Site Visit Report

  • Site visit was done last year. No site visit done this year.

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Providing education and opportunity to communities which otherwise don’t have one.

One of our first project in Bihar/Jharkhand region.


Input/Output type of project

Can not become self sufficient in near future.

SWOT Analysis

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Steward Recommendation

  • School has been run without any issues in the last year.

  • More students have enrolled this year.

  • Trust seems to be doing a good job with the money.

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Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Questions/Thoughts

  • Arguments for funding

  • Arguments against funding

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Decision (5 minutes)

  • Round I: Need more information/Can decide today?

    • If ready to decide:

    • Round II: Fund/Do not fund

      • If decided to fund:

      • Round III: Fund full amount/Fund part amount

  • Notes:

  • Please vote only if you are familiar with the project details and our overall funding philosophy

  • Decision to be made by 2/3rd majority. Quorum of 5.

  • All projects must be resolved by the 2nd meeting