Khwahish Sewa Society (KHASS) seeks to empower youth in the rural regions of Punjab by providing them with necessary education, resources and materials. They dream to inspire, engage and empower adolescents, especially girls, so that they can live a dignified life.
Their programs include:
Sponsor-A-Classroom: The objective is encouraging interactive and collaborative learning among rural children by giving them access to effective classroom technology. The ‘Smart Classrooms’ would have latest technology like interactive smart boards, laptops, projectors, Wi-Fi, teaching software, Immediate Response System, speakers. KHASS also assists rural Government schools by bearing half the cost of classroom desks. So far, in collaboration with the District Red Cross Society, KHASS has set up a Smart Classroom for students with special needs in STSK Red Cross School in Nawanshahar district.
Healthy Girls Healthy Future: This program focuses on empowering adolescent girls by educating them about improved menstrual hygiene management and providing them with necessary knowledge and facilities. It seeks to prevent girls from dropping out of schools on reaching puberty. So far, girls from 11 schools in the Nawanshahar district have been educated and provided with sanitary napkins, either free of cost or at a subsidized rate. KHASS has installed incinerators for proper disposal of used napkins and has also provided locker facilities in 6 schools for girls to store their personal belongings.
Every Drop Counts: This project focuses on educating students about the judicious use of water and implementing ways to conserve water. Under this, KHASS has installed water-free urinals, soak-pits and tippy-taps in Government schools, which has resulted in an estimated saving of over 6 lakh liters of water annually.
Hand Hygiene: The aim is to foster and support a culture of washing hands with soap, which in turn will help reduce child mortality due to pneumonia and diarrhea at grass root levels. Educative seminars are conducted in schools, soaps are supplied, and Students’ Committees are formed to ensure necessary hygiene standards are maintained.
Others: Scholarships and stipends are provided to girl students to encourage them to enroll for fulltime studies. KHASS also supports projects to increase physical recreation opportunities in rural schools.
Income Rs15 lac
Expense Rs14 lac
Source : Audit Report 2017
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