The mission of The Restoring Force is to address the fundamental inequality and imbalance in education and social infrastructure that plagues communities in Rajasthan and Haryana. TRF focuses on the basic educational and social needs of children from the most deprived sections of Indian society, and makes focussed interventions that can result in tangible benefits for school-going children, their families, and their schools.
Initially, TRF worked in government schools of Gurgaon block supporting basic school infrastructure such as toilets, drinking water, science labs and classroom furniture. The aim was to promote a clean and healthy environment for children in these schools, which TRF believes has a direct impact on learning outcomes for the students. TRF’s interventions to help communities protect and harness their natural resources, especially water, is aimed at ensuring water-security of communities, which directly impacts their health, their ability to access education, and their livelihood opportunities.
TRF is currently supporting non-formal schools for children of brick kiln workers in Chaksu in Rajasthan run by Kumarappa Institute for Gram Swaraj. The schools, built on-site at brick kilns, allow the parents working in brick kilns to send their children to the school while they work, ensuring that their itinerant lifestyle does not affect their education (they spend 6 months at the brick kiln and 6 months back in their villages).
TRF is running an Assisted Reading Program in Government Primary School, Mullahera Village, Gurugram since April 2022. The purpose of the program is to help students in Grade 3 to bridge their learning gap and read at age-appropriate level. TRFs teaching volunteer and program manager Chandni assists the teachers in teaching the students. We also use story cards from Pratham Books as supplemental reading material for the children to take home, so that they have good quality, well-produced reading material that they can read, and re-read. The children’s textbooks as well as the Pratham storycards are also broadcast on Gurgaon Ki Awaaz so that children can listen to these at home as well as at school.
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TRF is supporting Well Recharge projects across Chaksu in Rajasthan in partnership with Kumarappa Institute for Gram Swaraj. The purpose of the project is to help a farmer with a non-functioning well to recharge the ground water so that the farmer has enough water for farming, household needs and cattle. Given that Rajasthan is a drought-prone state, and the source of significant distress migration, the well recharge project not only ensures the health and livelihood of a large farming family, it also prevents distress migration.
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In 2009, TRF launched Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik Radio, a community radio to serve as a platform for the voices and concerns of the communities we reach out to in Gurgaon. Today, the radio station’s 24x7 broadcast reaches over 5 lakh listeners in Gurgaon through its low power FM broadcast, and across the world through an internet simulcast. Gurgaon Ki Awaaz has partnered with organisations like UNESCO, UNICEF, AMARC, CEMCA, COL, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Gurugram’s health authorities, the Commissionerate of Police, Gurugram, District Legal Services Authority, Gurugram, and many NGOs like Agrasar, Raahgiri Foundation, Bud Foundation, Rajbala Foundation, Safetipin, We The People Abhiyaan, Search Years, Ideosync Media Combine, Maraa, and many more.
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