Chiguru School In Rural Karnataka Needs Your Help To Expand


With the new academic year, we are still dealing with issues around basic amenities. The school lacks basic infrastructure like drinking water, toilets, a compound fence for children's safety. So we are planning a year in advance to make sure our next academic year is not same.This expansion will cost us around 20 lakhs. 

For detailed update, click the 'Updates' tab and check out the update posted on August 11. Please contribute to help Chiguru school grow! 

Started in 2014 by non-profit organisation Chiguru Vignana Samsthe, this little kindergarten and primary school in Bidarahalli village (near Kabini backwaters), H.D. Kote Taluk, Mysore, India, currently provides English medium education to about 80 children of villages in the region, up to class 2.  

Chiguru Vignana Samsthe, promoting Science education among village children, is run by youngsters Katavalu Shivappa and Parashivamurthy, natives of villages in HD Kote Taluk.

Shivappa is a popular Science Experiments teacher for many years and has also assisted several NGOs in holding Science workshops for Government school children all over Karnataka. He has gained a reputation as a  trustworthy & reliable person with his passionate work.  He has made it his life mission to provide experiential, good-quality, affordable education to village children. He now spends all his time working at Chiguru School as its Head.  

Read about Shivappa in this Deccan Herald article: Katavalu Shivappa - Karnataka's Phunsukh Wangdu
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Murthy works in a nearby hospital and uses his free time to assist in Chiguru School's administration.

Chiguru School is the only private, low cost school for about 20 villages in that region, having a significant socially backward & tribal population.  To keep its educational service affordable to its target communities, it charges INR 1000 only as annual fees. Being a private school, it gets no Government grants and it is able to run as a low fee structure school due to its no-profit motive, hiring local women as teachers and through donations from friends.

Its current classrooms are temporary structures built on leased land. Expansion of school on leased land will lead to loss of investment in infrastructure (not all the classroom building material can be reused, bore-well, etc.) at the end of the lease period.

To grow the school beyond class 2 from the next academic year (starting June 2017), more classrooms are needed.  The founders wish to expand the school on the school's own land. 

An acre of land has become available for purchase, adjacent to the current location. Chiguru Vignana Samsthe is looking for donations for this land purchase.  Bank loans are hard to come by due to the school's low-cost, no-profit model.  

The school's plan to grow in a nearby permanent location is eagerly awaited by the villagers.  They are very happy with how their children are doing at Chiguru School and are anxious to see their children's school start higher classes.

Chiguru School is seeking support from friends in its much needed growth plan and hopes to raise required funds by end of April 2017.

Chiguru school's continued success is crucial in providing good-quality education to children of Bidarahalli and nearby villages and also inspire more local folks to emulate Chiguru's low-cost, good quality education model in rural Mysore.  

Pamphlet calling for admissions during previous years:

Please generously help Chiguru School to succeed - by donating funds to buy land for its permanent location!
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12th February 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the wonderful support and love that you have shown towards the children and the school. We are constantly trying to provide the best of facilities to the kids.

We have cleared the dues on the school land and will be starting the construction work soon. The toilets construction will be started in a week or two and the construction of classrooms will begin by early March. I hope that this work can be finished before next academic year starts.

I would like to thank you all for the wonderful support once again. Please do share this campaign further with your friends and family. A simple act of sharing this campaign with your network is a step forward towards the development of our nation.  

11th August 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support so far! Without your help, we would have not been able to achieve the impact we have in the last 2 years.

However, with the new academic year, we are still dealing with issues around basic amenities. The school lacks basic infrastructure like drinking water, toilets, a compound fence for children's safety. So we are planning a year in advance to make sure our next academic year is not same.

The schools needs 2 classrooms to accommodate the growing strength of students. We wish to also dig a bore well which will keep us away from all water troubles. The school compound needs to be urgently fenced to ensure safety of our dear students. This expansion will cost us around 20 lakhs.
  • 4 classrooms (20x20 ft) - 3 lakhs per room
  • Borewell - 1.26 lakhs (Borewell is already dug. Needs funds to make it functional)
  • 4 Toilets - 72000 
  • School compound and fencing - 79000
  • School gate and arch - 20000 
(view of the school area)

We need your support to make 2019 a better year for our kids. Make a contribution, spread the word, share the campaign. Together, we can build a school these 80 students truly deserve!
12th June 2017
Here's an update

On 10th Apr 2017, Chiguru School entered into an agreement with current land owners to purchase the 1 acre land for its school.  It has paid Rs. 4.1L out of the total Rs. 6L.  The remaining Rs. 1.9L is due for payment by January 2018.

The Chiguru school's current priorities are:

1. To run the school efficiently for its children in classes LKG to 3rd standard.  About 80 students are enrolled this academic year that started this month (June).  Some form of classroom sharing is being done, as the current school has only 4 classrooms (this year's requirement is 5:  LKG to 3rd std.)

2. Manage its finances well for running the school and raise funds for paying the balance for land purchase by January 2018.

The new land will be used for classes after rooms are built on it.  Chiguru will take it up only after the land purchase is completed early 2018. It is using the new land for small time farming (growing corn), with minimum investment (around Rs. 5K) and planning to build a boundary wall using income from the farm produce.

The generous funding from friends in March/April 2017 has helped Chiguru school take a very important step towards a stable establishment of the school - buy its own land, a major part of the payment for it having been completed.

Thanks to all the donor friends!
raised of Rs.1,750,000 goal

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Really its fantastic work its non profitable organization really m proud about this thank u