Educate for Life, a UK registered charity. We ensure provision of holistic education, healthcare and community development services in under-served, remote communities, in southern Rajasthan, in India. Our aim is to support healthy development from birth to adulthood, enabling community members to gain skills and confidence. This will lead to community-led, long-term socio-economic transformation within the region.
Improving Secondary Education
We work with a local partner, Kshamtalaya, to implement a carefully designed programme of support for Jhed Senior Secondary School and Mandwa Senior Secondary School, both government secondary schools situated in Kotra. The aim is to support each school’s students, teachers and local community.
In the long-term, we aim to see a significant increase in the proportion of young adults from the area in tertiary education or in employment.
Community Health Outreach
Safe motherhood, childhood and mobile clinic services
We have designed and introduced a number of health services and interventions to ensure that members of the Bakhel community access professional and reliable healthcare from pregnancy and birth into, and throughout, adulthood. Our health and community team members are vital to connecting community members with formal healthcare provision as well as providing informal advice and support.
In 2007 we built and established Hunar Ghar Primary School in partnership with Rajasthan Bal Kalyan Samiti (RBKS) and supported the school until 2022. We are proud to have enabled nearly 900 children to access holistic primary education and fun learning opportunities over the 15 years.
In 2022, an unexpected large governmental project came to light. The area where our programmes are situated is going to be flooded as part of a project to construct a new dam. The timeframe for the construction work to begin is not certain, but the submersion of our entire project area is likely to happen within the next 3-5 years.
This is a devastating development for the communities we serve. All community members will be displaced and there is much uncertainty about what the future holds for them.
We intend to continue to fund community health and education programmes at least until the dam is built. We will continue to work in partnership with local organisations to support and serve community members and to comply with Indian legislation.