Atul Rural Development Fund was established in 1978 as the implementing agency to introduce rural development programs in the vicinity of Atul. At present, we are reaching through our four institutions; three schools and a vocational training institution. We are also serving the community through various developmental projects to make a difference in their lives. Over the years, we can see the change in the community and people we work with. We are happy to be a part of this journey.
Kailash is a 7 year old boy from Kosimpada in Dharampur, Gujarat. He studies in class 2 in Kosimpada Primary School. Atul Adhyapika, Hiru Gayakwad who teaches in the same school had observed that Kailash always remains untidy and never pays attention in class. When she inquired, Hiruben came to know that Kailash does not have parents and his poor grandmother is taking care of him. Hiruben conveyed this observation to the school principal and he offered to help him with clothes. Hiruben started paying attention to Kailash, as a result, there was improvement in his studies. He now comes to school clean and tidy. He voluntarily participates in the class and has also started writing.
‘Now I can support my parents and younger brother financially.’ – Jagruti
Jagruti (surname) is a resident of Dhanveri in Kaparada, Gujarat. She had to discontinue her education after class 10 due to poor economic condition of her family. One of her friends informed her about the vocational courses run by AIVE. Jagruti enrolled herself in the course of Industrial Sewing Machine Operator (ISO) for three months after which she got a job in a reputed garment company with salary of ₹ 7,200 per month. After having two years of experience, Jagruti is today working on piece rate bases which helps her to earn ₹ 13,000 to ₹ 15,000 per month.
‘Toilet means health assurance, stress free and safe life’. – Nanubhai
Nanubhai and Pravinaben are residents of Amanpor in Valsad, Gujarat. They reside in a one room house near the bank of River Par. Nanubhai works in a garment company and Pravinaben does stitching work. Both of them work hard to raise their two daughters. A few years ago, Pravinaben developed a tumor in her brain and had to undergo brain surgery. Post-surgery she often loses her balance and cannot walk long distance or undertake hard work. Nanubhai conveyed to our ARDF team member that with his meagre income and increased medical and educational expenses, he would have never been able to build a toilet for his family. The toilet built by AFT has relived them from the concern of safety of their two adolescent daughters. Pravinaben now does not have to wait for someone to help her relive.