Sirmaur is the most south-eastern district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is largely mountainous and rural, with 90% of its population living in villages. Agriculture is the backbone of economy here.
Sirmaur district has a population of 530,164 .The district has a population density of 188 inhabitants per square kilometre . Sirmaur has a sex ratio of 915 females for every 1000 males,and a literacy rate of 79.98%.
IIMPACT currently runs 30 Learning Centres in Sirmaur.
Chattisgarh has experienced continuous social unrest for the past several years. The worst affected have been girls of this state. However, thanks to IIMPACT’s intervention in Raigarh, a large number of tribal girls have been able to get an education.
IIMPACT currently runs 50 Learning Centres in Raigarh.
In Madhya Pradesh, IIMPACT works in Sheopur District and Khargone which have a record of lowest female literacy rates in 2001 and 2011 Censuses.
IIMPACT runs 95 learning centres in the Badoda Block of District Sheopur. The project area lies in between Ranthambore National Park on one side and the Palpur-Kuno wildlife sanctuary on the other side. Surrounded by thick forest from all the sides, the schooling infrastructure in Sheopur is weakest in the country. Culturally, this entire belt is predominantly inhabited by a number of the most marginalized communities, the worst off being the Saharia community. Saharias are tribal people who live in jungles on the peripheries of villages. They work in farms and also collect medicinal plants from jungles.
IIMPACT has identified hundreds of non-school going Saharia Girls and they form the majority at our 95 learning centres. IIMPACT has changed the situation of the girl child in these villages. Over 2500 girls are being empowered in Sheopur through IIMPACT’s high quality education.
IIMPACT also runs 30 Learning Centres in Khargone District in Madhya Pradesh.
IIMPACT runs 40 Learning Centres in 40 villages of the Diamond Harbor Block of South 24 Parganas District in West Bengal, approximately 40 kilometers from Kolkata.
The project was inaugurated on 21st January 2011 in village Patra where hundreds of children and their parents from neighboring villages were present in full force. District 24 Parganas has been identified as the most vulnerable for the girls in the country owing to very high rates of female trafficking and forced marriages. Girls and women fall easy prey to traffickers and anti-social gangs due to their illiteracy and ignorance. The IIMPACT project is empowering close to 2000 girls of 40 villages through meaningful education in these areas.
IIMPACT, in addition runs 60 centres in Murshidabad, 75 centres in Bankura and 75 centres in Purulia.
IIMPACT runs 20 Learning Centers in the tribal, hilly villages of District Gajapati in Orissa. This entire area is set in the most inaccessible mountainous terrain and represents very low female literacy rates. The schools are either completely absent in the tribal forest villages or are situated far away, making it difficult for girls to easily access. Being one of the most disadvantaged districts of the country, Gajapati district has to confront challenging tasks in improving quality of the life of the people.
IIMPACT is in addition running 50 learning centers in Kandhamal Disrtrict of Orissa. This area faces tremendous problems on account of displacement and low resources. As a result a large number of girls are vulnerable to health and educational neglect. IIMPACT is educating nearly 1500 girls in this area.
Kishanganj is one of the least female literate districts in the country where a mere 18% of the girls are educated. Lack of motivation on the part of the parents coupled with poor accessibility to the existing education schemes are the primary causes for the poor female literacy levels.
IIMPACT has introduced 50 Learning Centres in Kishanganj District, Bihar. IIMPACT also runs 50 learning centres in Patna and an additional 30 learning centres in Purnea.