Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan

Focus: Children and Youth, Education, Women, Girl Child, Livelihoods

EVERY 48 hours there are three women killed, 40 complaints of violence against women and 10 cases of rape in Rajasthan because of dowry - one of many reasons RSKS give the empowering of women top priority.

Rajasthan ranks 22 of 29 states in the Gender Vulnerability Index, 29 being the one where women are most vulnerable. Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan believe that the development of their home state and the rest of the country rests on the entitlement of women and girls through education, self-reliance, health, livelihood opportunities and the elimination of harmful patriarchal traditions and practices.

RSKS have impacted the lives of over 50,000 women since 1992, by helping them organise into self-help groups and joint liability groups, raising awareness on their rights through campaigns, conducting skills training, providing menstrual and maternal health services and education.

Matiya, from the village of Nooriyawas in Ajmer is one such. When her husband suddenly passed away after an accident, Matiya was left to run her household and take care of three children alone. She was forced to borrow money at a high interest to make ends meet, and give up her jewellery as collateral.

With support from RSKS, Matiya joined a self-help group and was able to repay her loan get her precious ornaments back. She now rears two cows and nine goats, and no longer faces financial hardship.

Besides working with women, RSKS also try to counter the alarming dropout rates and the lower than national average literacy rate of 67.41% in Rajasthan. They have interventions in various kinds of schools, such as paathshala and residential schools for children from underprivileged families, and UDAAN educational institutes for women in remote villages.

They run educational camps and provide school supplies, tuition fees and clothing so children and women can learn without having to worry about finances. So far, 950 women and 600 children have been educated, and 7,500 children have received school supplies.

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About Rajasthan Samgrah Kalyan Sansthan

RSKS are doing an amazing job raising small communities via local craft and training programmes.

Ashley Lawrence, visitor, London

I have been a volunteer for the past few years and it has given me a sense of purpose in this world. I am able to contribute to the welfare of society, especially for women and children. As a volunteer, I have learned the art of giving.

Bhawna Sharma, lecturer, Ajmer

I visited the RSKS office and found that the organisation is doing service for the upliftment of rural women and girls.

BL Meena, IPS officer, New Delhi