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Veerni Sansthan

The Veerni Project is registered in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, as a non-governmental organization (NGO) called Veerni Sansthan. The organization's mission is to provide secondary education to girls from rural Indian communities, thereby creating viable socio-economic alternatives to child marriage and enabling women to make independent life choices.

Jacqueline de Chollet, a Swiss woman, founded the Veerni Project in 1993, with an initial objective of providing family planning, medical, and nutritional education programs for women living in rural villages in the Thar Desert. After building relationships with village communities throughout the 1990s, the Veerni Project piloted a tutor-based program for girls in 2000, shifting the organization's focus towards women's secondary education. In 2004, Veerni adopted a new educational model; rather than bringing tutors into villages, the project began funding village girls' attendance at private secondary schools in the city of Jodhpur and providing lodging in a nearby boarding hostel.

Since 2005, under the direction of Mahendra Sharma, the Veerni Institute has operated a boarding hostel in Jodhpur where 75-90 girls live at a time. In addition to attending classes, girls participate in academic tutoring, career counseling, health camps, and self defense training, as well as art, sewing, language, and computer classes, and are encouraged to consider pursuing a college education after graduation. A significant portion of Veerni's students at any time are already child brides. In exchange for the free lodging and tuition Veerni provides, their parents must sign a pledge promising to delay sending girls to their husbands until they have at least completed secondary school. Since 2012, Veerni has also run an after-school literacy program in Meghwalon ki Dhanki, a village where girls were struggling to pass entrance exams for the Veerni Institute. The Veerni Institute receives applications from more girls than it can accept each year, leading the organization to found a second boarding hostel in Jodhpur, called Veerni Balika, which opened in July 2019.

The Veerni Project is funded by family foundations and individuals in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including the Global Foundation for Humanity, Fondation Veerni, and the Association du Projet Veerni. Director Mahendra Sharma has led Veerni since 2005, and the organization has an all-Indian board and staff.

Consists of records of the Veerni Project, a non-governmental organization based in Rajasthan, India, which provides secondary education and boarding hostels for girls from rural villages in the Thar Desert to attend school in Jodhpur. This group of records was assembled by Veerni's founder, Jacqueline de Chollet. They document planning, funding, administration, programming, and operations of the Veerni Project from its inception in 1993 through 2019, including its early family planning and village-based education programs, the Veerni Institute's boarding hostel for girls since its opening in 2005, and associated projects such as the Meghwalon ki Dhanki literacy program and the Veerni Balika project. Records include annual, biennial, and project reports, funding and program proposals, brochures and publicity materials, documents and copies of letters telling the stories of women and girls who participated in Veerni's programs, village profiles, studies and reports on child marriage, literacy, and nutrition, as well as clippings of research and news articles, segments of television news stories, and short films about the Veerni Project.

Materials were arranged by the donor with the assistance of Sheila Coker Besson, and largely remain in their original order as received from the donor. Groupings of files created and named by the donor have been maintained.

Gift of Jacqueline de Chollet in May 2019. The accession number associated with this donation is ML.2019.011.

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Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2019
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Durga, circa 2018. 1 box.
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Informational packet.

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Durga Wedding, 2018. 1 box.
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disk001. Film: Durga: A girl from Jodhpur, 2012. 8 digital files.
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DVD.

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8 digital files

Neelam Kanwar, 2018-2019. 1 box.
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Duchess of Cornwall with the Veerni Girls, 2010. 1 box.
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Los Angeles Presentation, 2016. 1 box.
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Bhakri, circa 2006. 1 box.
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Girl's Stories, undated. 1 box.
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The Story of Veerni, 1993. 1 box.
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Badami, undated. 1 box.
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The Veerni Project, 2019. 1 box.
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Interview with Guddi, 2018. 1 box.
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Child Brides: Jodhpur District, undated. 1 box.
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Ruby Alphonse, 2000-2008. 1 box.
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Worship, undated. 1 box.
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Several Stories, undated. 1 box.
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Veerni Project FOTIS Girls: Report, 2018-2019. 1 box.
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The Veerni Project: Funding Proposal, circa 2017-2018. 1 box.
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Veerni Project: Hostel Proposal, 2008-2009. 1 box.
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Funding Proposal for the Veerni Institute - II, circa 2017-2018. 1 box.
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The Veerni Institute, 2018-2019. 1 box.
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Veerni Balika Project, 2020-2021, circa 2019. 1 box.
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The Veerni Institute, 2007. 1 box.
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Funding Proposal for the Veerni Institute - II, 2018-2019. 1 box.
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Health Programs: Nutrition Proposal, 2005. 1 box.
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Proposal for Continuation of Donation for Sewing Program, undated. 1 box.
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Proposal for Continued Funding of the Veerni Project's Sewing Program, 2008. 1 box.
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Proposal for Continued Funding of the Veerni Project's Sewing Program, 2009. 1 box.
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Funding Proposal for HPV Vaccination, 2018. 1 box.
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Includes reports to the Foundation for Global Humanity.

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Veerni Annual Report, 1999-2000. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2001-2002. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2002-2003. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2003. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2004. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2005. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2006. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2007. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2008. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2009. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2010. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2011. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2012. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2013. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2014. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2015. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2016-2017. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2017-2018. 1 box.
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Veerni Annual Report, 2018-2019. 1 box.
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Includes reports from Parivar Seva Sanstha (Social marketing of Family Planning products and services), a project management organization that ran health programs for Veerni.

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Information Program PSS, 1993. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Progress Report, 1993 April-1994 September. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Summary, 1994. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Report, 1994 October-1995 March. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Report, 1995. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Progress Report, 1995. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Report, 1995 October-1996 September. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Report, 1996. 1 box.
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Veerni Report, 1996. 1 box.
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Veerni Report, 1996 October-1997 March. 1 box.
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Veerni Report, 1997 January-March. 1 box.
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Veerni Project, 1997 July-December. 1 box.
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Veerni Project, 1997 April-June. 1 box.
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Veerni Project, 1998 July-September. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Report, 1997 April-1998 March. 1 box.
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Veerni Mewat Project, 1997. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Annual Report, 1997 April-1998 March. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Quarterly Report, 1998 April-June. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Mewat Quarterly Report, 1998 April-June. 1 box.
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Visit to Mewat, 1998. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Quarterly Report, 1998 April-June. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Annual Report, 1998 April-1999 March. 1 box.
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Veerni Mid Term Survey, 1998. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Quarterly Report, 1998 April-1998 June. 1 box.
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Working and Experiences - Technical Meeting Delhi - Dr. Rashmi Mishra, 1998. 1 box.
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Lady Weir Project: Winds of Change - PSS, 1993. 1 box.
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Lady Weir: Innovators of Family Planning Programmes, 1993. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Nutrition Program, circa 2005-2006. 1 box.
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Nutrition Report and Proposal, 2006. 1 box.
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Veerni Nutrition Research Report, 2005. 1 box.
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UNICEF, undated. 1 box.
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The Vassar Study, 2006. 1 box.
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Malnutrition Program, 2007. 1 box.
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Nutrition Program Report, 2007 August-2008 February. 1 box.
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The Vassar Study, 2005. 1 box.
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Lessons: Interpersonal Communication, undated. 1 box.
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Veerni Nutrition Program Pilot Study, 2006. 1 box.
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Includes reports to His Highness Maharaja Hanwant Singhji Charitable Trust and Her Highness Rajdadiji Smt. Badan Kanwar Medical Trust.

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Annual Report, 2002-2003. 1 box.
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Combined Annual Report, 2004 April-2006 March. 1 box.
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Biennial Report, 2006-2008. 1 box.
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Annual Report, 2007-2008. 1 box.
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Biennial Report, 2008-2010. 1 box.
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Annual Report, 2009-2010. 1 box.
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Biennial Report, 2010-2012. 1 box.
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Annual Report, 2011-2012. 1 box.
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Biennial Report, 2012-2014. 1 box.
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A Study on Health and Social Issues of Adolescent Girl and Adult Women of Jodhpur District, 2003. 1 box.
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Rajdadiji Veerni Project, 2005. 1 box.
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Effects of Female Literacy in Villages in Rural Rajasthan, 2005. 1 box.
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Veerni Literacy Program, 2005. 1 box.
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Literacy Program, circa 2005. 1 box.
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Veerni Project: FOTIS Girls, 2017. 1 box.
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Meet Some of Our Students: Veerni Project, undated. 1 box.
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The Volunteer Program, 2015. 1 box.
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Veerni: Volunteer Report, 2006. 1 box.
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Volunteers Report of Visit to the Veerni Instiute, 2015. 1 box.
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Veerni Project: Feedback and Suggestions, 2015. 1 box.
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Literacy Prize, 2011. 1 box.
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The Veerni Project: Veerni Means Strong Woman, undated. 1 box.
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Articles on Literacy, circa 2009. 1 box.
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The Earth Times: All of Us, 1999. 1 box.
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Printed book with article about Veerni marked.

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National Geographic: The Secret World of Child Brides, 2011. 1 box.
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Inspiration Interview, 2016. 1 box.
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Veerni Foundation Brochures, 2008-2019. 1 box.
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Health Rights Article, undated. 1 box.
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Pass Blue - A Project of the Ralph Bunch Institute: "To Truly Care for Adolescent Girls, Keep Them in School", 2016. 1 box.
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Hindustan Times: Second Chances, 2018. 1 box.
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Mother Theresa of Sixteen Villages, undated. 1 box.
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Marie Claire: Inside India's School for Child Brides, 2016. 1 box.
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Articles on the Veerni Project, 2015-2016. 1 box.
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disk002. PBS: Child Brides, 2007. 8 digital files.
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3 DVDs (disk003-disk004 are duplicate copies), labeled "PBS Now with David Brancaccio - Child Brides Hour Show #341 PAL."

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8 digital files

disk005. India's Missing Girls, 2007. 14 digital files.
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DVD (BBC Current Affairs - This World).

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14 digital files

disk006. Veerni Institute Film, undated. 1 digital file.
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DVD (Mary Quagliata).

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Cosmopolitan Club New York, 2016. 1 box.
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Realities of Women's Lives in Developing Countries New Direction, 1993-1999. 1 box.
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The Veerni Song, undated. 1 box.
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Various Articles about Veerni and Women in India, circa 2005-2019. 1 box.
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disk007. NDTV India: "Beyond Business" News Program Interview, 2006. 12 digital files.
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DVD.

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12 digital files

The Veerni Project: Tripti Rathore, 2011. 1 box.
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disk010. Deutsche Welle Film, 2018 October-2019 April. 1 digital file.
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Includes a description sheet, photograph, and USB drive (disk010). Made by DW-TV, a German set of television channels provided by Deutsch Welle. They visited Veerni in October 2018 and made a film about the project.

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1 digital file

Shirley Johnson-Lans Research, 2008-2012. 1 box.
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Includes presentation slides (2008) and an article (2012) that use the Veerni Project as a case study.

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Article from Rajasthan Patrika, Jhodpur, 2006. 1 box.
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Sheerni Microfinance Project, circa 2010-2011. 1 box.
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The Global Foundation for Humanity, undated. 1 box.
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An Evening at the Veerni Institute, undated. 1 box.
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HIV-AIDS Veerni Villages, 2004. 1 box.
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Veerni Timelines, 1993-2018. 1 box.
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Counseling Services: Veerni Project, undated. 1 box.
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Veerni Public Health Program, undated. 1 box.
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Proposal for Continuation of Donation for Sewing Program, circa 2006. 1 box.
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Proposal for Continuation of Donation for Sewing Program, 2006-2007. 1 box.
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Curriculum Vitae - Jacqueline de Chollet, 2019. 1 box.
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Correspondence, 2008-2009. 1 box.
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Photographs of Sunita, United States, 2009. 1 box.
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disk008. Child Brides Film: Excerpts for IWHC Gala, 2009. 6 digital files.
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DVD.

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Articles about Sunita, 2009-2018. 1 box.
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Paris Lectures, 1999-2000. 1 box.
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3 lectures.

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disk009. Drishti Film Script, Correspondence, and DVD, 1996-2009. 6 digital files.
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Includes a DVD (unlabeled, disk009).

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6 digital files

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Article on Jacqueline de Chollet, undated. 1 box.
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Letter and Article Regarding Lenses Gifted by Bausch & Lomb, 2004. 1 box.
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IWHC Gala Program and Correspondence, 2009. 1 box.
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Dr. Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi: Prime Minister of Mozambique, 2002. 1 box.
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Rajasthan, undated. 1 box.
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Correspondence Joan Dunlop, 1998-2004. 1 box.
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Laura Gibb Paper on Women's Development in the Villages of Rajasthan, India, 1997. 1 box.
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Seminar - Rajdadiji Veerni Project, undated. 1 box.
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Passage to India, 2007. 1 box.
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Selected Letters, 1999-2014. 1 box.
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Letter from 14-year-old Girl from Unchiarda, 2016. 1 box.
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Veerni Project Newsletter, October-December , 2023. .023 GB.
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Veerni Project Newsletter, 4th Quarter January-March, 2024. .01 GB.
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537.0 MB

1st Batch, 1993-1999. 113 MB.
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2nd Batch, 1994-2006. 74 MB.
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3rd Batch, 2003-2020. 54.5 MB.
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4th Batch, undated. 47.4 MB.
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5th Batch, 1993-2006. 140 MB.
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Articles, undated. 21.2 MB.
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Sita, undated. 12.8 MB.
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Sunita, undated. 4.7 MB.
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Dev Shree, undated. 10.6 MB.
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Maina Rathore, undated. 1 MB.
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Shobha, undated. 12.2 MB.
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Sunita, undated. 18.5 MB.
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Miscellaneous, undated. 9 MB.
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Veerni Volunteers, undated. 10.5 MB.
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