SKS' vision is to become an integrated community development
organization, building capacity through education, health
care, sustainable agriculture and environmental programs.
In keeping with this vision, SKS will launch a preschool "Jump
Start" program in its service area to benefit member families.
The initiative will provide comprehensive education, health,
and nutrition services to children, ages 3-5, in 8 villages
where SKS women's banking cooperatives already exist.
implement these services, SKS will construct a school building
in each village, hire and train local villagers to staff each
school, and organize periodic medical camps for immunizations,
physicals and dental and ophthalmologic care. SKS will also
facilitate parent-teacher partnerships to increase parental
involvement with their children and to enhance parental knowledge
about their child's learning and development.
overall goal of the program is to develop the necessary intellectual,
social, and emotional skills in each child to ensure preparedness
for academic success in elementary school. SKS' target population
consists of children in poor, rural communities belonging
to families of landless laborers or marginal farmers who draw
their livelihood from subsistence agriculture. SKS proposes
to serve approximately 20 children, ages 3-5, in each of 8
villages for a total enrollment of 160 children each year.
Phase I will launch Jump Start in 4 villages as of February
2001 and Phase II will expand the program to 8 villages in
Jump Start program is made possible by the generous support
of the i2 Cares program of the i2 Foundation.