Partner since 2012


Investment to date: $40,000


Students in 2016: 100


Cumulative Students: 1,800


Navsarjan Trust, founded in 1989 by Martin Mcwan – a lawyer and activist for Dalit rights, is a voluntary organization based in Gujarat, India. Navsarjan operates a range of programs across several hundred villages in rural Gujarat, that address violence based on caste, violence against women, primary education, women's leadership, youth organization, and research.  Navsarjan collaborates with several other initiatives and organizations working on these issues.  They have established three boarding middle schools offering grades 5-8 which seek to serve as models for other surrounding government schools.  They reach hundreds of additional rural children and youth through their support of community libraries in over 200 villages, their children’s street theatre initiative and ongoing advocacy efforts with existing government or other schools in these villages where they monitor for unjust practices and discrimination against Dalit, girl or other disadvantaged groups of students.  Students who graduate from the Navsarjan schools regularly move on to the next level of education and continue to return to their home villages and share what they've learned with other children.


  1. Strengthened literacy skills among children, especially the girls, to reduce the high dropout rate of Dalit children in middle and high school.
  2. More confident and creative children able to engage in public speaking and/or use performances to discuss, raise awareness and act on their their rights and the rights of others
  3. Reduced sense of fear and inferiority among Dalit students.
  4. Improved human and material resources within the three schools, particularly those related to literacy, maths and science learning.


  1. All students scoring a minimum of 50% by the end of their second year of school (the majority of the 100 students entered Navsarjan’s schools with very low literacy and numeracy skills and understanding).
  2. At least ten villages with more effective ties to each of the three Navasarjan schools resulting in a smoother transition to middle school for Dalit children, improved support for the students while they are in school and, eventually, more financial and in-kind support from families.
  3. Increase the numbers of students who perform well in the state and central level exams and then qualify for scholarships to continue their education through to 12th grade.