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Tapaswini Vidya Mandir

Started in April 2006, with only 27 children and growing up to 50 by the end of the month, Tapaswini Vidya Mandir continued to go strong despite its early hardships. The main challenge was convincing and educating the parents about the concept of free schooling. Parents had 2 major concerns; the first being that a fee might be demanded at any point of time like a few other schools do. And secondly, how would they afford their child’s education post 5th standard since TVM is only a primary school.

Now, why only Primary School?

Primary school is where a child’s basic education foundation is laid; it is important that the base is strong in order for a child’s academic growth. Before beginning the project, the TVM team went out for a survey in and around Raigarh, to different Government Schools, both primary and secondary. They were surprised to learn the fact that in primary school the teacher-student ratio is 1:60. No wonder the secondary school teachers had major complaints regarding children stepping on to 6th standard without the basic knowledge of alphabets and numbers. This is when TVM decided to start only with the primary school because they believe every child must get quality basic education.

Today after 12 years TVM is well established and all the passed out students are enrolled into their second project “Aur Padho”. Apart from the regular classes in TVM, students here are also given lessons in drawing, painting, dance, music, etc. They participate in all the competitions held in Raigarh and outside the city. A general health check-up for all the students is conducted every month. Children are taken for outings. Cooks have been appointed to provide fresh midday meals to all the students every day. Besides this, every year around 10 students visit New Delhi to perform in shows organized by the TVM team. Currently, Tapaswini Vidya Mandir is providing to 200 students.

Aur Padho

“Aur Padho” meaning, “study more” is an extension of Tapaswini Vidya Mandir. Under this project, all the students passed out of TVM are put into higher schools. Taking into account their grades they are sent to different schools. Complete management of their tuition fees, uniform, stationeries, etc. is taken care of. The teachers here attend the PTM of these students and take in consideration their studies.

Currently, TVM is supporting around 80 students under this program.

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Saraswati Vocational Training Centre

Saraswati Vocational Training Centre

In 2012 the TVM team decided to start a new project in Odisha. With the help of the members of Saraswati Sangh, Barpali, Odisha, they started supporting a vocational training center for the differently abled. These special people were trained in the field of masala making, ready-made snacks, making of cloth bags, shopping bags, fancy bags, printing, dona patta making, batti making, weaving, bamboo basket making, pottery etc. After training them in these fields, different avenues were created to help them earn their livelihood. As Barpali is a small village, till today the sale of these products is confined to the village itself.
There is a need to expand and create a bigger market.
Currently, there are 125 people from the age group of 13 to 65 training at SVTC.

Saraswati Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Centre

Saraswati Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Centre, situated in Barpali, Odissa, provides free therapy to children with cognitive disabilities as well as physiotherapy to children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.

Part of Saraswati mahila Sangh, capable children enrolled with Saraswati Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Centre are then given vocational training and given economic opportunities.

Aur Padho
Saraswati Vocational Training Centre

Tapaswini Cultural Performing Arts

Tapaswini encourages and promotes budding young Indian classical artists as well as western art forms. One of our cultural productions is 'Amaiza', a melange of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kathak performed by 6 highly trained dancers. Catering to music enthusiasts too, we have experienced Indian classical musicians on our roster that have a wealth of experience and truly mesmerizing. As an NGO for underprivileged children, we also prepare theatrical acts and dance performances performed by the children of Tapaswini that has been highly appreciated in our past event.