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.
Established as a Library & Women’s Resource centre. Registered as a Trust two years later.
Production of Music Albums and two documentaries of women from the National Independence Movement
Shifted focus to adolescent girls as a preventive measure to combat violence. Establishment of Girls’ Resource Centre in a state-run school
Organized first gender and health fair for girls from state-run schools & expanded to Sangli in Maharashtra and Valsad in South Gujarat
Action Research and publication on Gender bias in Education of Girls from Poverty affected families
First National Symposium on Girls & Girlhood and Formation of the Youth Council
Published Rights of Adolescent Girls in India and expanded our work to Thane and Palghar district
Chosen as a coordinating agency for Learning Community working on civic issues affecting girls. Published ‘Puberty, Poverty and Gender’ on menstruation experiences.
Released Report on External Evaluation of Vacha
Honorary Co-Projects Director
Assistant Projects Director
Admin and Finance Head
Founder, Managing Trustee
Secretary, Founder Trustee
Dr. Veena Devasthali
Dr. Vibhuti Patel
The Social Impact-Athon Mumbai Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment by North Eastern University, USA and Edelgive Foundation
Vacha received 6th Annual Champions of Youth Award by EMpower Foundation at New York
Vacha won the Dasra Girl Power Award in Life Skills Category for its work with adolescent girls
Spark and Ignite Grant was awarded to Vacha for innovative work with girls by Empower, USA
Vacha was one of the 12 global winners of Girl Effect Challenge, Global Giving in partnership with Nike, for work with adolescent girls
Awarded certificate of appreciation for Documentation from Bombay Community Public Trust