Our Impact for the Community
PPES is in regular contact with the community, and strongly believes that its success is entirely dependent on the participation and support of local villagers and community stake holders.
Home visits and contact with the parents of our students is an ongoing process at PPES.
Village Development Program
By educating girls and teaching them about gender equality, PPES hopes to improve the social and physical environments of the 60-something villages from which the girls come. One of our major drives is to improve these villages by improving their sanitation.
Most homes do not have toilet facilities; nearly everyone in rural India goes to the fields to relieve themselves. Modesty forces women to urinate or defecate in the fields before sunrise or postpone relieving themselves until after the sun sets. These unhygienic conditions lead to reproductive tract infections. Since it is difficult for women to find quality health care, this is detrimental to their overall health. In order to restore the dignity of women and tackle the issue of sanitation, PPES decided to construct individual toilets and public sanitation facilities for the students who attend our school. Click here to read more about it.
We first started building toilets in the village of Karanpur, which was the first village to send a large number of its girls to school. PPES wanted to reward this community for its commitment to the education of girl children; likewise, PPES encourages its students to transfer the knowledge they learn at school to their family, thereby improving the overall health and hygiene of the families and village at large.
The PPES approach is multidimensional. Since PPES teaches about sanitation in the classroom, it wanted to give the students and families facilities to help them utilize this knowledge in meaningful ways.
Recently, PPES built a hygiene complex in Madargate, one of the most disadvantaged districts in the town Anupshahar. PPES also started to lend solar lanterns to the Madargate families who send at least one of their daughters (or sons if they don’t have any daughter) to school 70% of the time or to the Madargate ladies who have been working for at least three months. By working closely with what is considered by many to be an “unfixable” community, PPES demonstrates that with a holistic approach which encompasses child education, women empowerment, and health and hygiene, no village is truly unfixable. It is very rewarding to see Madargate inhabitants come to the hygiene complex to use the shower and the toilets or to pick up their solar lanterns at night; we can see the difference of wellness between the houses with solar lanterns and the houses lit with expensive, ineffective candles.
Village Interaction :
We regularly visit students' homes to better understand the background of the children and to help build a relationship with the community. Regular meetings are held with local and religious leaders to help emphasize the importance of education for girls, with special emphasis placed on lower-caste communities.
Through this village interaction, PPES has been able to positively teach parents and girls about the need for education. PPES found that the largest contributing factor to the dropout rates is the lack of parental interest in education. Thus, PPES works to keep families engaged through home visits.
Because PPES has created a conducive environment for educating girls, it has established an entry point for other rural development activities including microloans, health initiatives, and youth mobilization.
This effort has succeeded in bringing PPES closer to the community and, especially, to mothers.
In the past, PPES has organized camps for cataract operations in rural villages. These camps last one week and provide patients with free medical treatment plus food and boarding facilities. Thousands of people have benefited from these camps. In 2007 and 2008, PPES also ran health check-up camps. The health camps served over 300 villagers. We also hope to host a medical camp in June, 2013. It would be run by the Medical Relief Missions of Colorado, United States, which must fund the project and send 30 to 40 medical personnel to the villages for a week and see 300 people a day, which would include students, their families and women involved in the Self-Help group project. They would do health checks, provide immunizations and medical care/procedures for the students and villagers.
Self-Help Group Program: