Different aspects of the Rewari project

Since its foundation 30 years ago, the Rewari project has expanded in many directions. Here are the major aid programmes:

Child education

Medical services

Health farm

Other programmes

1. Child education

Whilst there are many excellent schools in India, official state education in the Rewari area is too costly for the poorest families. Without schooling, a child has little chance of succeeding in life, and the cycle of poverty continues. Robin, Angeleena and their team are combating this problem on two fronts.




Tutorial centres

Five tutorial centres have been set up in Rewari and the surrounding area, housed in rented premises or private homes. Some 370 children aged 3 to 12 – often seated on the floor – are thus able to study for a few hours each day. As well as acquiring basic skills in maths, Hindi and English, the children also receive regular medical check-ups, nutritional aid, basic equipment ... and a uniform which gives them a sense of dignity. Once they reach the age of 12 or 13, they are ready for the official exam which enables them to enter secondary education. Progress is visible at every level!

The Good Shepherd School

Discover the activities
of the Good Shepherd School
This primary and nursery school, opened in 2009, aims to offer quality education to pupils from various backgrounds. Around 180 children are currently registered, including 60 from very poor families in the local area who are considered to be "untouchable". The Good Shepherd School hopes to receive official recognition from the Indian government very soon, but no public funding is granted. The long term aim is for the school to be self-supporting through the fees paid by the parents of children from wealthier backgrounds, who attend lessons each morning.

Follow the construction de school
since the start in 2007
In order to increase the school's capacity and create a middle (lower secondary) school section, two extra floors were added in 2012.






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2. Medical services

The organisation’s head-quarters in Rewari houses a dispensary which was opened in 2000. This offers a wide range of services to people who are unable to pay for the existing medical facilities in the area. Patients receive, for example, day-to-day health-care, free medication, vaccinations, pre- and post-natal care and general advice.

The illnesses encountered most frequently are essentially related to poverty, poor sanitation or a lack of health education. A growing emphasis is therefore being laid on preventative care. At the health awareness and motivation camps, organised regularly at different locations in North India, special attention is given to the question of personal hygiene. Advice is also given on how to identify and utilise natural medicinal plants for immediate relief from various physical ailments.

Each year, several thousand people have benefited from the different services offered by the medical team. The acquisition in 2010 of a mobile dispensary – financed by friends in Belgium and dedicated to the memory of Paul Vandenbroeck – has allowed easier access to the slum areas of Rewari and the rural populations in the surrounding villages.

When visiting the slum communities, the team not only provides medical care, but also distributes parcels of essential food items and, in winter, warm clothing and blankets.


 

 

How can I contribute to the daily running of the dispensary?

L’équipe médicale à l’œuvre...


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3. Health farm

A few years ago, the Rewari team acquired a plot of 4 hectares at a surprisingly low price, in the neighbouring State of Rajasthan. An intensive culture of various medicinal plants and herbs has since been developed. So far, some 30 medicinal species have been planted with promising results. Training is given concerning the use of these plants in the treatment of various physical ailments.

The farm’s purpose is not solely therapeutic: the culture of seasonal crops provides a precious source of revenue for the organisation. Each year, 10 or 12 tonnes of wheat, maize, barley, mustard, etc. are sold on the market, and the returns are reinvested in the other more specifically “humanitarian” programmes.

La ferme au quotidien :

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4. Other programmes

Over the years, the Rewari project has been involved in many other activities, including:

  • Safe drinking water
    In order to combat the spread of endemic diseases caused by polluted surface water in remote rural areas, the Rewari project has installed more than 100 hand pumps drawing on deep underground water tables.
  • Housing
    In cooperation with the sister organisation Habitat for Humanity India, the Rewari project has built or renoved 1,100 homes for families on low income.
  • Micro-credits
    Interest-free financial assistance, reimbursable gradually over a long period, has enabled heads of family and small entrepreneurs to deal with temporary financial emergencies.
  • Specialised training
    The Rewari leaders make every effort to stimulate a spirit of initiative and wise management of resources, encouraging people to take initiatives and to serve others in their turn.