Established in 1981, Rajasthan Bal Kalyan Samiti has been working for the betterment of poor tribal and rural population in India. The organization started with an aim to expanding the scope of primary education among the tribal community in Southern Rajasthan, today works across 641 villages in 15 districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The organization works towards rural development, developing micro-credit opportunities, providing education and healthcare opportunities and natural resource management.
Strong International Support
RBKS has a team of 548 volunteers and presently runs 21 schools and 12 colleges along with working on a number of beneficial projects for the rural and tribal community. RBKS believes that a society can be transformed by introducing a sustainable development model through the involvement of local communities and a participatory approach. The organization, through its initiatives, has empowered local communities and has significantly improved the standards of living of the tribal, rural and poor population in remote areas and villages in India.
The organization has been highly appreciated for its social work and enjoys patronage and support from leading not-for-profit organizations across the globe. Wells for India, A UK-based charity organization, continuously supports RBKS for the betterment of the tribal community in Rajasthan & beyond. Together, RBKS & Wells for India started working for the tribal community in Jhadol in the year 1997 and today run a number of projects with the same objective.
Along with Wells for India, RBKS is supported by Educate for Life that started working with RBKS in the year 2006. Being a newly-registered charity organization, Educate for Life chose RBKS as the first organization for promoting formal school education among poor children. In 2007, RBKS with the help of Educate for Life started a school in Kotra, Udaipur for providing quality education to children of the tribal community in the area. The school is currently operational with strength of 150 children who are getting quality education at the school.
Sharpe Children Foundation also supports RBKS for promotion of education in tribal areas and for the upliftment of poor and tribal community in the region. With the support of Mr. Uday Patel, International Chairman, NRI Institute, RBKS managed to establish a well-stacked library for J.R. Sharma P.G. College in Jhadol. Many individual donors from UK such as Mr. Panesar have also helped RBKS in fulfilling its objectives. Mr. Panesar provided support to RBKS for running 5 child learning centers that directly benefit about 250 non-school-going children in the tribal area to get an opportunity to learn and be educated.
Programmes being run & works accomplished by RBKS with foreign support
- Community lift irrigation programme at Magwas
- Drought relief work and drought mitigation programme at Magwas and Nala village
- Development of roof top rainwater harvesting structure at school
- Sustainable water and sanitation management in residential schools for tribal girls
- Flood relief work in 2006
- Ensuring safe and sustained water and hygienic sanitation conditions in 13 schools in Kotra, Udaipur
- Water and livelihood enhancement in nine villages
- Establishment of ‘Hunar Ghar’ at Bakhel village in Kotra, Udaipur
- Providing playing and study material for school and college students
- Establishment of five child learning centers for poor and orphan children
- Establishment of Rasik Bhai Memorial College Library at J. R. Sharma P.G. College that directly benefits 865 students. Also, the per student book ratio was improved from 2.61 in 2006 to 5.61 in 2011.
- Ensuring adequate playing material for young children
Achievements, so far…
- Due to the efforts of RBKS, community lift irrigation facility was installed at Magwas village that directly benefitted about 50 tribal families by increasing annual incomes of families in the year 1997.
- RBKS built rooftop rainwater harvesting tank that collects more than 800000 liters of water every year that is used for growing vegetables and for domestic chores.
- More than 210 girls residing in residential hostels and 900 school students are benefitted from sanitation block constructed by RBKS.
- Flood relief work was undertaken by RBKS in 2006 to help flood victims by organizing vaccination camp for animals, health checkup camps, providing medical help to community and taking up well maintenance, repairing and house construction activities.
- Ensuring hygienic and clean sanitation facilities in 12 government schools that motivated the government to take an initiative for construction of sanitation blocks in schools across the area.
- Construction of rooftop rainwater harvesting system in one government school that motivated the government to take an initiative for construction of rooftop rainwater harvesting system in government schools.
- Operating five child learning centers in the deprived areas of Udaipur