Non formal Education Program/ Vastishala:
During 1989-1997 period, VACHAN trained local men and women to conduct pre-primary and primary education for school drop-outs from unreachable wadis and villages of the old Igatpuri taluka. More than 1000 such children were educated during these 5 years. These models are now being implemented by the Govt through the Vastishala programme.
The same concept was focussed to education for sugarcane cutters – the migrants from Latur, Parbhani, Osmanabad etc towards sugar factories in Nasik District. During 2002-2004 period More than 500 children were educated at Kalwan, Niphad, Nasik, Nandgaon blocks of Nashik District.
Computer Aided Adolescent and Adult Literacy Programme:
For the same population and in addition a general illiterate adults, mainly women, a programme has been initiated to use computer to increase their level of literacy and add on the computer skills. This has been in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Service.
Girls Gaining Ground Programme:
Mother’s education is one factor which affects level of Child Malnutrition. A project has been recently started with the objective of training 1000 adolescent girls in life skills by locally selected educated facilitators. It is also in collaboration with the Bhavishya Alliance. Right now it is going on around Harsul, a market town in Trimbak block.
Study Center for YCMOU programmes
VACHAN is a recognized Study Center for training Community Health Workers – Certificate as Arogyamitra. A total of 20 members were/are being trained. They belong to Igatpuri and Trimbakeshwar block, Nashik istrict
VACHAN is also a Study Center for training Patient Assistants – staff working in private hospitals in and around Nasik but not trained. They can also be trained for Home based patient’s care. Till now 21 girls from Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Sinnar an Niphad blocks have been trained and 15 of them have got jobs in hospital.