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Yatra Foundation's annual gala fundraiser is coming, and you're invited
A fun themed evening with casino play money, food, drinks and entertainment
Saturday 20th August 2016
St Kilda Town Hall
Cnr. of Brighton Rd and Carlisle St in St Kilda
RSVP 1st August
Ticket price is $125 per adult, $100 concession
with live and Silent auction on the night to raise funds.
Contact Sophie 0414 834 855 or
Renu 0412 109 944 or
Update on Yatra's projects
Yatra co-founders, Sanjay and Ravi, travelled to India in March 2016 to view our projects up close and personally, and to receive progress updates.
The first stop on their whirlwind tour was the Faria-Uday School. Opened in 2009, this school is now an established part of the local community. Set in the harsh rural surrounds of the famous Ranthanbhore tiger sanctuary, the school has 120 enrolled students with attendance rates between 80-90%. Construction has now almost finished on the permanent classrooms that the 2015 Yatra bike tour raised the funds for, set around a beautiful Banyan tree. Several new staff members have been recruited to the school, including the new teacher’s leader, Rithika, who is a university graduate from Delhi committed to rural education.
Several of the students from this school have won academic scholarships based on their sporting abilities and now serve as role models for their peers and local villages. We look forward to the opening ceremony of our permanent classrooms and to building the capacity and example of this school. We again had the opportunity of playing soccer with the students and it is always great to see as many girls as boys flying around the soccer ground and showing off their skills.
The next project that we monitored were the single classroom “schools” (learning centres) in rural Udaipur, through partnership with Seva Mandir. (via a meeting with their Director Priyanka). Yatra Foundation supports approximately 900 children in 30 of these learning centres, with the aim of equipping remote students with the basic literacy and numeracy skills to be integrated successfully into mainstream schooling. About 20% of our children have now progressed to such mainstream government educations, and we will be putting in place strategies to monitor their progression and retention rates. A year ago we noted that of one of our Yatra learning centres had a very high rate of absenteeism (68%), and we asked Seva Mandir to look into the reasons for this. Subsequently, this situation has turned around, and after discussions with its teacher and the community, this rate has fallen to 11% with better engagement from the local village and its teacher-a great outcome. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Seva and providing ongoing access to quality education to the children of these remote villages, and monitoring outcomes.
Our final destination was the seaside school near Cuddlelore (Yatra Isha Vidhya school), ravaged by tsunami and cyclones but ever resilient, like the fishermen and women who live in this beautiful region. Each time we visit this school, we are humbled and amazed at the incredible education being offered to our 150 students using state of the art technology and all in English. The school and its students have gone from strength to strength and can now be educated from lower kindergarten to year 10, with plans for expansion to year 11 and 12 in the next year. We were shown the wonderful library and art works as well as being shown how to use HTML and other tools to create websites! The school offers a hearty and nutritious midday meal to all its students and again enrolls its students from the poorest surrounding villages. This school is truly an oasis of education literally in the middle of nowhere and we look forward to strengthening and expanding our sponsorship of its students and teachers.
Overall the trip, as always, was inspiring, thought-provoking and humbling. Yatra Foundation has come a long way since its inception in 2007, and we now have over 1000 students receiving quality education all over India. Although we have had much success in our first 9 years, it will be imperative that we can continue to financially support and monitor outcomes in all our projects over the next 10- 20 years. To do this we will need your support and donations, to ensure this journey will lead to transformative change in the lives of these children, their families and communities.
In loving memory of Rishi Chaubal-Menon
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Yatra school a changemaker
A Yatra supported school has been chosen as a ASHOKA Changemaker school.
Ashoka is a world-leading organisation that encourages social entrepreneurship and changemaking. Ashoka identifies, connects and supports innovative schools that empowers young people with changemaker skills.
Yatra is proud to have one of its schools recognised by this prestigious independent organisation.
Read more here
Yatra's financial statements 2012 and 2013
Yatra Foundation's financial statements can be viewed here for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 financials years.
In addition, Yatra's minutes from the following AGM are also available to download here:
The Yatra Foundation is a non-governmental, non-religious and not-for-profit organisation based in Australia, established to provide disadvantaged children in India the opportunity to access education.
The Yatra Foundation aims to:
|| Increase access to quality education for the most severely disadvantaged children in India
||Be non-discriminatory with regards to gender, religious background or caste
||Monitor outcomes and adapt the program to suit changing needs of our participants
||Further increase access to education, in student numbers and in years of schooling, by providing incentives for further education
||Incorporate child health education and public health initiatives in the school setting
Childhood education in India is a state-by-state arrangement. Traditionally, there has been heavy investment in the tertiary sector resulting in vast inequalities in education standards. Rajasthan state is a prime example due to the feudal social order generated over hundreds of years, geographic isolation, escalating childhood labour, resulting in poor school retention rates. Only 47% of children enrolled in year 1 reach year 8 level. ‘Millennium Development Goals’, set by United Nations to be attained by 2015, call for all children to complete to end of grade 5. India has a long way to go to achieve these goals.
Education is recognised as a powerful tool for reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality and for improving health, nutrition and promoting sustained growth (World Bank, 2004). Education has also been shown to have positive knock-on effects in the future generations.
Yatra Foundation seeks to effect an enduring change in the lives of children and their families by giving them the opportunity to access primary school education, with the hope that a good education will lead them to better opportunities.