Project Hope 1
Skoch Development Foundation, keeping in mind the inclusion objective, has adopted a school – Ane Moriam – in a remote village called Sangram in Arunachal Pradesh that borders with China. Sangram is geographically challenged and is connected only by road distance of about 40 hours from Guwahati. Inhabited by tribals, living on a subsistence economy, having no formal means of communication, Ane Moriam is attended by about 360 children. The dropout rate is so high that only about 10 students remain who pass out the 8th Standard, that too mostly boys. Skoch Development Foundation has set up a computer lab with its own resources. The objective is to encourage students to adopt a new medium so that they remain motivated and take interest in studies. The computer lab will soon have V-Sat connectivity, opening up a whole new world to Sangram. The project – HOPE 1 – the first in the series is expected to digitally and socially include the community in order to ensure that more and more students qualify the Senior Secondary School examination to become part of the national mainstream. HOPE 2 is proposed to be set up in village Darkaan in Uttarkashi District, at an altitude of 7,000 ft in Uttarakhand. This will pursue the objective of women empowerment through digital, social and financial inclusion.