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7th August 2017
Hello Donors!

It has been slightly over a month since the fundraiser began and I am still overwhelmed by everyones generosity and eagerness to help. My kids and I are extremely grateful for every single donation we have received. (Above: Asma, Noor, Muskaan, Arbaz, Hussain and the others during break.)

This is the second update, for both you and us, to be able to measure our progress. Our three main priorities for our school site are: Sanitation and Hygiene, Stationary and Resources, and Infrastructure. These three areas will be addressed over multiple phases over two years.

1) Fans and lights and have been installed in one of classrooms where we didn't have any before. The children used to sit here throughout the day in the heat. But now they love their classroom!
(Above: Work being done. Below: Shambhavi, Sowmya, Esther, and Likita enjoying their new fan.)


2) We have provided 25 children with English workbooks. We will be using these books throughout the year to help bridge the literacy gap. I currently take extra classes with these children every Monday and Tuesday where we work specifically on this book. My hope is to expand this to around 50-75 children in the coming months.

3) Book Club!
 I have identified 8 of my children who are excelling at English and decided to start a book club with them. Each of them is provided with a story book and a dictionary. Every 2-4 weeks, we debrief what we have read and answer some questions. The we rotate the books and begin again. I plan to extend this to around 30-40 children at different levels to inculcate a love of reading.
(Below: Sufiya, Noor, Arshiya and Asma excitedly holding up their new books!)

4) We have been having some problems fixing/replacing the water purifier in school. However, towards the end of last week I was able to find someone who was certain he could fix it. We should hopefully have it ready in a couple of weeks.

5) Work has begun on constructing the wash basins for our children. Most of the masonry work is done with mainly the plumbing work left to do. The kids are so excited to see the work going on.


6) We have equipped all of classrooms with trash cans and dust pans. Driving cleanliness is one of our key goals.


We would not be able to have done any of this work if it wasn't for your donations and I am eternally grateful for that. I will be constantly working over these two years to bring the school and the children to the best level I can. I wanted to thank you for helping me do all of this work and for helping me give my children opportunities they would normally not have. If you have any questions/suggestions please feel free to shoot me an email at varun.g2017@teachforindia.org. As usual, all expenses will be updated on this excel sheet. There is still a lot of work to be done, so do expect more updates coming your way!

Thank you,
Varun Goverdhan
2017 Fellow - Teach For India
Hello Donors!

It has been slightly over a month since the fundraiser began and I am still overwhelmed by everyones generosity and eagerness to help. My kids and I are extremely grateful for every single donation we have received. (Above: Asma, Noor, Muskaan, Arbaz, Hussain and the others during break.)

This is the second update, for both you and us, to be able to measure our progress. Our three main priorities for our school site are: Sanitation and Hygiene, Stationary and Resources, and Infrastructure. These three areas will be addressed over multiple phases over two years.

1) Fans and lights and have been installed in one of classrooms where we didn't have any before. The children used to sit here throughout the day in the heat. But now they love their classroom!
(Above: Work being done. Below: Shambhavi, Sowmya, Esther, and Likita enjoying their new fan.)


2) We have provided 25 children with English workbooks. We will be using these books throughout the year to help bridge the literacy gap. I currently take extra classes with these children every Monday and Tuesday where we work specifically on this book. My hope is to expand this to around 50-75 children in the coming months.

3) Book Club!
 I have identified 8 of my children who are excelling at English and decided to start a book club with them. Each of them is provided with a story book and a dictionary. Every 2-4 weeks, we debrief what we have read and answer some questions. The we rotate the books and begin again. I plan to extend this to around 30-40 children at different levels to inculcate a love of reading.
(Below: Sufiya, Noor, Arshiya and Asma excitedly holding up their new books!)

4) We have been having some problems fixing/replacing the water purifier in school. However, towards the end of last week I was able to find someone who was certain he could fix it. We should hopefully have it ready in a couple of weeks.

5) Work has begun on constructing the wash basins for our children. Most of the masonry work is done with mainly the plumbing work left to do. The kids are so excited to see the work going on.


6) We have equipped all of classrooms with trash cans and dust pans. Driving cleanliness is one of our key goals.


We would not be able to have done any of this work if it wasn't for your donations and I am eternally grateful for that. I will be constantly working over these two years to bring the school and the children to the best level I can. I wanted to thank you for helping me do all of this work and for helping me give my children opportunities they would normally not have. If you have any questions/suggestions please feel free to shoot me an email at varun.g2017@teachforindia.org. As usual, all expenses will be updated on this excel sheet. There is still a lot of work to be done, so do expect more updates coming your way!

Thank you,
Varun Goverdhan
2017 Fellow - Teach For India
3rd July 2017
Hello :)

It was been slightly over a week since the fundraiser has begun and I have been overwhelmed by the response! It has been absolutely amazing to see how everyone has come together to help my children fulfill their potential. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for donating! My kids and I are extremely grateful for every single donation we have received.

This will be the first update of many that will be coming your way. Our three main priorities for our school site are: Sanitation and Hygiene, Stationary and Resources, and Infrastructure. These three areas will be addressed over multiple phases over two years.

During the past week, I have been in discussions with the contractor and teachers about the first few action items that will be taking place. These are:
1) Fixing and possibly replacing the current water purifier for students.
2) Setting up a hand wash area with basins, tiles, soap, sufficient taps etc.
3) Installing fans, lights, and electricity in one of the rooms that currently doesn't have any.
4) Installing an intercom system in all the classes. (Donated by World Vision)
5) Providing classes and the school with adequate trash cans
6) Providing ~70 students with English workbooks and general stationary

The approximate cost for these six items is 40,000 - 50,000Rs or $600 - $800 USD. I will be posting a more detailed breakdown on this excel sheet over the next couple of weeks. I will also post pictures and videos of the progress being made on the fundraiser webpage.

I wanted to thank all of you once again for participating in this fundraiser. We wouldn't be able to do any of this if it wasn't for all of you!



Thank you,
Varun Goverdhan
2017 Fellow - Teach For India
Hello :)

It was been slightly over a week since the fundraiser has begun and I have been overwhelmed by the response! It has been absolutely amazing to see how everyone has come together to help my children fulfill their potential. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for donating! My kids and I are extremely grateful for every single donation we have received.

This will be the first update of many that will be coming your way. Our three main priorities for our school site are: Sanitation and Hygiene, Stationary and Resources, and Infrastructure. These three areas will be addressed over multiple phases over two years.

During the past week, I have been in discussions with the contractor and teachers about the first few action items that will be taking place. These are:
1) Fixing and possibly replacing the current water purifier for students.
2) Setting up a hand wash area with basins, tiles, soap, sufficient taps etc.
3) Installing fans, lights, and electricity in one of the rooms that currently doesn't have any.
4) Installing an intercom system in all the classes. (Donated by World Vision)
5) Providing classes and the school with adequate trash cans
6) Providing ~70 students with English workbooks and general stationary

The approximate cost for these six items is 40,000 - 50,000Rs or $600 - $800 USD. I will be posting a more detailed breakdown on this excel sheet over the next couple of weeks. I will also post pictures and videos of the progress being made on the fundraiser webpage.

I wanted to thank all of you once again for participating in this fundraiser. We wouldn't be able to do any of this if it wasn't for all of you!



Thank you,
Varun Goverdhan
2017 Fellow - Teach For India