Major Goals designed while generating the project were

– Reduction in rate of girl child marriage in the project area by end of project period (3 yrs) by 30%.
– Increase in rate of adolescent girls attending formal school – 7th onwards by 40%by the end of project period (3 yrs).
– Decrease in rate of young mothers by 40% by the end of project period (3 yrs).
– Decrease in rate of girl child labor by 50% by the end of project period (3 yrs).
– Making of a document based on the program that will be guideline document for NGOs & government departments for advocating the issue on larger forums & policy debates.
The key objectives of the project were;
– To ensure that the adolescent girls, at least reach and complete their schooling up to class 12th,
– To prevent girl child marriages in the project area.
Operation area of the said project was 30 villages of Ahmedpur block from Latur district of Marathwada region in state of Maharashtra and duration of the project was 2006 to 2012. The list of included villages is attached as annexure I.
Survey & Study report on girl child marriages in selected villages – prior to initiation of the project; the organization conducted a survey in selected 30 villages to understand and learn the situations of the adolescent girls and their families who were married at an early age. It was noticed that the adolescent girls between the age group of 12 to 17 years were married. (During the survey in 2006; 1134 adolescent girls were identified of which 192 adolescent girls were married and among 54% girls were married below 18th years. )
The survey report proved as a curtain raiser document; as its analysis showcased number of sensitive issues associated to situations of girls married at early age. The need to formulate the project on prevention of girl child marriage rose on priority basis, especially after pulling together and assembling all the concerns, experiences and realities shared by the adolescent girls who were married, prior to the survey.
The reason for girls being married at an early age were explored through deploying methods such as home visits, meetings with parents, village panchayat members, senior members, village level government officers, school teachers, anganwadi tai, and interviews with the girls who were married.


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