Success Stories

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.

Though Saritha was able to secure an admission to Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the top 5 universities in US for engineering, her family was not in a position to pay the required fees. It was then, that Project 'Life' awarded her a scholarship of USD 4000. Due to the financial support extended to her, coupled with her sincere efforts, she graduated in August, '07 with an MS in Environmental Engineering.

She also secured a job as an environmental engineer in Black & Veatch, one of the best environmental consultancies in her field. Realizing the importance of such an intervention, she is extremely grateful and desires to help some needy students like her in future.

Pradip's father was a mason and was unable to support his family due to low income and therefore he could not afford to pay higher expenses of Pradip's education. Thus Pradip's future was quite uncertain.

Pradip Poriya secured admission in PDU Medical College at Rajkot for the study of M.B.B.S., but he was unable to continue his study due to lack of money. Then Project 'LIFE' lent a hand to him and awarded scholarship of INR 20,000 under Shree Jamnadas Odhavji Sheth Scholarship Program. Due to this financial support he continued his study, he completed his M.B.B.S. and now Pradip is doing his internship in Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay Government Hospital. Pradip was highly encouraged by Project 'Life'. This support has motivated him to achieve the goal.

Ms. Ravina Sagathiya, daughter of Vinodbhai Sagathiya, was studying in Standard - 7 in Smt. Pramodaben Kishorbhai Koticha Primary School, Kothariya. It is a small village located in the Rajkot Block of Rajkot District.

Her family was not in a position to bear the expense for her further study.

It was then, that Project 'Life' awarded her a grant under Smt. Vijayagauri Parekh & Shri Dhirajlal Parekh Project 'Life' Grant for Excellence in Education for Girl Child Program. Due to the financial support, she could complete standard 7 in the academic year 2010-2011.

Preety was eligible to secure admission in Shri K.K. Sheth Physiotherapy College, one of the reputed colleges in Rajkot for Physiotherapy.

Her father, who was a milk vendor, met with a severe road accident in 2007 and was admitted in H. J. Doshi hospital for two years for treatment and was discharged in 2009. He had severe head injury and was completely bedridden till February 2011, when he passed away.

Preety's sister was the only earning member in the family now. The family income was merely INR 5,000 per month. Her family could not afford to pay the required fees. It was then, that Life awarded her a scholarship under Shri Shashikant Zaveri Memorial – Life Scholarship Program of INR 15,000. Due to the financial support and with her sincere efforts, she completed her First Year of Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Ms. Priyanka Aanandaka is the daughter of rickshaw driver Mr. Manubhai Aanandaka. She was studying in the final year of MBBS at M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, one of the top medical colleges of Gujarat.

Her family was financial strained. Hence, she was awarded scholarship from Foundation For Excellence since the past 4 years. She says her dream to become a doctor became reality only due to generous support from Project Life.