Light of Life Trust
Light of Life Trust is a non-governmental organisation established in 2002 by Founder & Managing Trustee Villy Doctor, with a vision to transform the lives of underprivileged rural communities. The organisation aims to empower communities through an integrated model of education, skills training programmes, health care and environment conservation in rural areas.
Project Anando (Education)
Initiated in 2005 with 25 children the programme till date has impacted 9,872 children directly and 58,000 community members across 480 villages in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The project adopts the 3E approach: Educate, Empower and Equip for Employability to support the children to achieve their full potential.
Project Jagruti (Community Development)
Initiated in the year 2009 to empower rural disadvantage communities through:
- Livelihood Training Programmes: Courses are offered in tailoring, beauty care, computers, health, electronics, agriculture etc. to supplement family income. In all 1,712 beneficiaries have been trained under these programmes.
- Primary Health Care: A Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) provides primary health care services to 65 villages in Karjat that benefit approximately 15,586 people annually. In addition to regular health check-ups, the MMU also conducts health awareness programmes and camps.
- Environment Conservation Programme: Initiated with an aim to provide additional income to poor farmers in Karjat & Uran Taluka, Raigad District with the distribution and close monitoring of fruit bearing plants to them. In total 2,205 farmers from 53 villages have been provided 73,145 plants.
- Economic Empowerment: 93% of parents earn a monthly income below Rs. 5500/- in comparison 51% of employed beneficiaries are earning monthly income from Rs 5500/- to Rs. 22,000/-
- Social Impact: In the areas of intervention the average marriage age of female beneficiaries of LOLT is 20.5 years as against the average age of 17 years in the said area.
- Educational Impact: 57% of LOLT female beneficiaries are pursuing higher education, in comparison 16% of female students pursue higher education in Maharashtra.