Vacha - Voice of Women and Girls
Vacha was established as a library and cultural centre by a group of women. Its mission is to focus on issues of women and girls through educational programmes, resource creation, research, training, campaign and advocacy. Vacha’s various projects are implemented in Maharashtra with major focus in the districts of Mumbai and Thane. Vacha engages with human rights and women’s rights movements. It works with youth living in slums with focus on empowerment of girls and youth to participate in community life. Youth are trained in leadership and to work on issues affecting their lives through lessons in English, computers and life skills to promote their self expression. Vacha has produced several resources, some of which are created by girls themselves
As a result of Vacha’s programmes, girls have negotiated at their homes for continuing education – consequently in last four years, not a single Vacha girl has dropped out of education (up to class 10). 96% of the girls enrolled with Vacha have completed education till class 10, and around 50% have enrolled for university degrees. Vacha managed to provide full scholarships for 17 girls since 2015, of which 4 graduated in July 2018.
Mumbai Suburban , Maharashtra 400056