Jago Foundation was registered in September 1997, in Giridih district by a team of young social activists from different streams and professions with a passion to bring social reform and empower disadvantaged sections of society. The team drew inspiration from Gandhian principles of development. All founding members have had prior experience in the sector with similar development organisations in other parts of the state of Jharkhand. The deteriorating socio-economic conditions of Giridih district due to negligence by political setup and uprising of left-wing extremist activities led the young social activists to join together constituting ‘Jago Foundation’.
Our geographical focus is now in four districts of Jharkhand reaching over 35,000 children.
We mobilize the community, especially the women, to understand the importance of schooling, particularly for girls; mothers are trained in teaching and are recruited in government schools.
We are developing a wide range of programmes to enhance living such as health care and livelihood, building the community with a focus on the most disadvantaged members of society.
We liaise with government authorities for access to the education system and entitlements.
Providing all with equal opportunities in education, health and other government services while eliminating child labour, child marriages and exploitation.
My name is Bittu Sharma, my father died of paralysis when I was only 16 years old. After the death of my father, the economic condition of the house was not very good. The responsibility of the house fell on my shoulders.
Through the CESAM Project of Jago Foundation, I got support to open a salon. Now I am earning ₹4,500 - ₹5,000 per month to support my family. I am also studying to complete my education.
I thank Jago and RMI for their support.
We are the first few girls to complete school till Class 10. Pooja, Pinki and Hemanti all hail from the remote village of Rajpura of the Sankh Panchayat in Jharkhand. Girl children find it difficult to access higher education past 8th standard in this village. The nearest school is 15 km away and the commute is difficult as well. Children have to walk through 3km of dense forest and the rest is covered via transportation to reach a school at Gawan. Until 2018, no girls studied past 8th standard in the village.