Creating impact on future generations

Creating impact on future generations

Girls at all Vacha community centres bring out bi-annual newsletters in their respective communities. Programme participants from some communities will release their 25th issue in August 2021.

Older girls emerge as leaders and ideal role models for the younger programme participants thereby inspiring them to carry out community action with the needed optimism.

Girls are empowered with skills such as planning, critical thinking, fund-raising, budgeting, networking and problem-solving.

Girls have advocated and protested against early marriage; continuing education; and scholarship support has further helped them pursue higher education.

Girls who have been part of our Girls' Empowerment Programme have pursued diverse careers in law, social work, para-medical, interior designing, fashion designing, finance and information technology.

Over the years, Vacha has reached out to hundreds of thousands of intersectionally deprived adolescent girls and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

1987

Established as a Library & Women’s Resource centre. Registered as a Trust two years later.

1991

Production of Music Albums and two documentaries of women from the National Independence Movement

1996

Shifted focus to adolescent girls as a preventive measure to combat violence. Establishment of Girls’ Resource Centre in a state-run school

2001

Organized first gender and health fair for girls from state-run schools & expanded to Sangli in Maharashtra and Valsad in South Gujarat

2004

Action Research and publication on Gender bias in Education of Girls from Poverty affected families

2008

First National Symposium on Girls & Girlhood and Formation of the Youth Council

2011

Published Rights of Adolescent Girls in India and expanded our work to Thane and Palghar district

2014

Chosen as a coordinating agency for Learning Community working on civic issues affecting girls. Published ‘Puberty, Poverty and Gender’ on menstruation experiences.

2019

Released Report on External Evaluation of Vacha

Management Team

Yagna Parmar

Projects Director

Nischint Hora

Honorary Co-Projects Director

Steffi Fernando

Assistant Projects Director

Darshana Shah

Admin and Finance Head

Board of Trustees

Sonal Shukla

Founder, Managing Trustee

Dineshwari Thonse

Secretary, Founder Trustee

Dr. Veena Devasthali

Treasurer, Trustee

Meenal Patel

Founder Trustee

Dr. Vibhuti Patel

Trustee

Awards

2020

The Social Impact-Athon Mumbai Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment by North Eastern University, USA and Edelgive Foundation

2015

Vacha received 6th Annual Champions of Youth Award by EMpower Foundation at New York

2014

Vacha won the Dasra Girl Power Award in Life Skills Category for its work with adolescent girls

2012

Spark and Ignite Grant was awarded to Vacha for innovative work with girls by Empower, USA

2012

Vacha was one of the 12 global winners of Girl Effect Challenge, Global Giving in partnership with Nike, for work with adolescent girls

2004

Awarded certificate of appreciation for Documentation from Bombay Community Public Trust

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