REFLECTION OF BENEFICIARIESVILLAGE : RATAVIRDA, BLOCK : WANKANER, DIST : MORBI (REWRITTEN)
The village Ratavirda is located in the interior region of Wankaner Block of Morbi district. Majority of the residents of the village are from backward communities. Poverty and poor hygienic conditions kept the overall development of the village minimal.
The literacy rate of this village was only 20%, way below the national average of 74.04%. When Project Life conducted a study, it was found that the school had virtually no toilets. Because of this, parents were unwilling to send their daughters to school.
The school building itself was a dilapidated structure covered with earthen tiles. The ceilings of whatever few classrooms were there, invariably leaked during rains. Overall, the school presented a picture of impoverished resources and gloomy neglect.
A donor came forward to generously sponsor the infrastructure development of the school. Soon, the infrastructure development was completed and the new school was ready.
The new building comprises 8 classrooms, a common hall, and separate sanitary blocks for boys and girls and facility for safe and pure drinking water. A big playground adorns the school premises.
Project Life provided furniture and science kits to the schools. The Grant for Girl Education upliftment which created awareness for education of girls encouraged the parents to educate their daughters. The dropout ratio of girls has reduced drastically.
The talent hunt program helps to bring out the hidden talent of the students. Holistic development of the students is made through various programs.
For the academic year 2014-15, there are 313 students (158 boys and 155 girls) enrolled at the school. This number is expected to go up sizably in near future.
Beyond a symbol of pride, it became a symbol of hope for the children of the local residents. A hope for a better tomorrow.