Help Us Build A Learning Center For Thiruvanmiyur's Children

 There are two sides to a coin. Always.
We know Thiruvanmiyur, in South Chennai, 15 mins from Besant Nagar. Amazing temples, high-rise buildings, S2 Cinemas—it just feels like so much is right about the place, that we fail to see the other side.

Zoom in, See the other side.
Walk down the lane from Marundeeshwarar Temple, you will see Mettu Street. Walk further towards the beach, you will see the community we work with. Students here lack the basic facilities at home to help study. They fight the immense odds that are stacked up against them, and they fight them remarkably, these unsung heroes of the tale. Always with wide grins coloring their cheeks. Their parents are daily wage workers and are always in the middle of an existential crisis. This leads to students having broken homes, troubled homes, violent homes and homes that are not conducive to their learning.

To aid the citizens of tomorrow and hence, the community, the students want to open a learning center, which will initially be open for the students to come spend time productively. Eventually, this could be the community hub for self-help groups, global exposure, wider horizons... 
The possibilities are limitless.

What is productivity?

Every student will define it for herself or himself for a given day.
They can do their homework.
They can teach their peers.
They can play board games.
They can know the world more through the internet and books.
They can come read books from the library.
They can come learn arts, science, math and anything else under the sun.

Who are We?
We are Teach For India Fellows, alums and managers who have worked with the government school near the community collectively for the past 6 years. We are trying to develop a sustainable solution for increasing the productive time of a child in the community. And by sustainability, we mean a space that doesn't depend on our physical presence in order to function and progress.

Long Term:
Students want such spaces to grow in the community and include parent leaders in the near future, developing a proactive community that solves its problems through collective action.

When do we need the funds?
By January 2018, we need the funds.

How is the money being used?
Tables, chairs and shelves/racks for library books - 10,000
Rent for three months - 18,000
Consumables like electricity, water, and emergency expenses (for three months)  - 8,000
Rental advance - 60,000

*All costs are for 7 months*
Rent for Jan-Aug - 42,000

So far, the money we ourselves have pooled in will help us start the center immediately starting October. 
The money we are trying to raise collectively forms the means for completing Phase-1 of the project. 

Phase-2 is towards sustainability, for which we will start raising the capital soon. (After the success of this campaign)

Help us make a dent in these children's lives, we can help you with access to million smiles.

We will regularly post updates, share the address of the center so that interested donors can come visit us anytime. Students will never be in the center without the supervision of an adult. Do call us and drop in at any time, children will happily welcome you.
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1st February 2018

Arts flourish! And so do the opportunities!
With the support of all you kind & generous donors, Nilay Learning Center is still running strong and with truck loads of opportunities. The students and ourselves have set into a healthy routine! With Nilay there is a marked difference in the investment towards learning that these students exhibit both inside the classroom and outside!

We have been drawing, coloring, folding papers, dancing and playing a whole lot of games! See some religion and genius come together with clay, where one student decides to make a DNA whilst the other makes an Shiv ling! To each his own as they rightly put, the center is catering to diverse needs of these blessed children!

These children will form tomorrow's Brave New World! And you would have helped them have experiences that shaped them to create this world! These makers will be getting very specialised training in many things from February 2nd week (Proposal for the same is attached with this update). We are still procuring funds for the same! Hopefully, we can keep this going!

Wishing a Happy New Year!
Team Nilay

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Savithri donated Rs.500
12 days ago
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
2 months ago

All the best folks... Keep up the pace in future too...

Pavithra donated Rs.3,000
2 months ago
Shiva donated Rs.5,000
2 months ago
Lavanya donated $100
2 months ago

Happy married life you two :) This is such a great cause ! Keep it going :)

Pradeep donated Rs.2,500
3 months ago

Congrats Guys!!! Keep going ..