Trekking to Donk village is literally and metaphorically a breath–taking experience.
Built originally by MGVS for use as a sewing and knitting training centre, the women of the area decided that having a school for their children was a greater priority.
In 2009 its funding was in doubt and with the school on the verge of closure, Saphara stepped in to help. Now, we cover all its costs and sponsor all of the 30 children coming to the school every day from the villages of Donk and Patrani. A couple of years ago, we also set up the midday meals scheme in Donk and Kaplani HS. This means that each child coming to school is provided with a nutritious meal in the middle of the day. Since the initiative began, more and more of the local children have been sent to school to receive possibly their only good meal of the day alongside an education. Hear more about the school from Surender Singh, MGVS coordinator or read about Saphara’s work on education in the area.
“Donk has a special place in my heart…the fortitude and attitude of the people could teach us lessons on perseverance and contentment.”
Ruth Sturgeon, Saphara Team Leader
Although the government provides a school for each population of 1000 people, rural populations may still have a problem. The nearest government school may be mile away, making initiatives like Donk absolutely vital.
Donk and Patrani villages fall under the same panchayat, a form of local government run by elected elders. Half the seats on the panchayat are reserved for women though their lack of education often means that they fail to have any real power. NGOs such as MGVS train women so that they can make a significant contribution to local communities.