Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Support Education of a Tribal/BPL Child

Dasmi Kishu,Kuni Sabrin, Deepak Sabar, Hemlata Oran, Basanti Sabrin, Ravi Hebmrom, Geeta Soren, Suraj Mardi are just a few children among 25 who study in two remote schools of Jharkhand:

  • St. Thomas School is located in the middle of nowhere in Gandedungri in the East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. It has been run by Jesuits since 1998. It caters to 650 tribal children from far flung areas between classes I to X, 350 of whom are hostel dwellers. Every year more than 50 children appear for Secondary School Examinations under Jharkhand Board and almost all of them clear the exams. Fifteen meritorious but needy tribal children at St. Thomas School, Gandedungri are on the verge of dropping out of school because their parents' meager income cannot support their education. Their annual fee is between Rs. 1200-1500.

  • Holy Cross School is located in Chowka, Chandil, where 10 Savar community children belonging to Dhusra village of Patamda got admitted through the help of Tribal Cultural Society – one of the key delivery arms of Tata Steel. However, they are unable to afford even the subsidized education being offered to them. Their monthly fee is Rs 90/-, and since they have to stay in hostels, the hostel fee varies between Rs 600-700/month (for girls and boys)

    As a part of celebrating the Joy of Giving Week: Jamshedpur JoyFest 2011, one initiative is to get 25 benefactors to take care of the annual fee requirements of one child – at least for one year. The progress of the child will be communicated to the benefactor on a regular basis.

    Already, seven XLRI students have made the commitment for one child each – and we hope that more will come forward with their support and help.

    If you are interested, please contact:
    Sweta None (na11047[at]astra[dot]xlri[dot]ac[dot]in +91-99 34 50 59 46) and or
    Neelkantha Mukherjee (b10032[at]astra[dot]xlri[dot]ac[dot]in +91-72 09 53 69 78)

    UPDATE: Thanks to many who came forward, we got benefectors for all 25 kids for one year. Total amount raised was Rs 84,955/-
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