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Help Set Up 10 Learning Centres & 5 Libraries In Rural Cuddalore

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The campaign in a nutshell:

Imagine Madhumalar, a 13 year old in the charming village of Chithiraipettai, marveling at the possibilities of leveraging the internet to innovate and scale up fishing practices that form the primary source of income in her community.

Imagine John, an 8 year old in the Kannarapettai village, accessing books and resources and independently identifying safety measures to tackle the problem of loose wiring in his neighborhood.

Now, what happens if both Madhu and John are about to dropout from their respective schools due to several factors? And what if we say there are hundreds of Madhus and Johns in rural Cuddalore who are facing such a huge risk?

Say hello to Ishwarya and Anand who are getting married to each other and on account of the same, raising funds (along with you) to set up 10 Learning Centres and 5 Libraries in Rural Cuddalore to enable students overcome the risk of school failure.

You can support our initiative by:
1. Donating
Everything that you donate but for a small fee charged by Milaap for hosting this web page, will go directly to the cause.
2. Spreading word
Please share this page with your relatives, friends, colleagues and particularly the ones who are passionate about children and rural education.

Please note that our wedding expenses are entirely outside of this campaign and not even a rupee of what is raised will go towards it.

Detailed version of the campaign:



What is this campaign for?

Ishwarya and Anand (along with you) are raising funds to set up 10 learning centres and 5 community libraries in rural Cuddalore to enable students overcome the risk of school dropout. We are doing this by partnering with Project Kanavu, an inherent part of Association for Sarva Seva Farms (ASSEFA) set up in 1980 to put to good use the lands collected during Boodhan movement led by Acharya Vinobha Bhave.

Why does Project Kanavu exist?

The CADP (Coastal Area Development Program), now called Project Kanavu, was started in 2005 in the aftermath of Tsunami that ravaged coastal areas of Cuddalore. As a part of CADP, 6 schools were started in rural and coastal areas of Cuddalore to create a supportive environment to nurture children, disadvantaged by systemic, man-made and natural oppression.

Kanavu believes that “every child can and should achieve their potential irrespective of the circumstance”. This is not the work of an individual; it is the work of the 'collective'.

Because of this complexity, Kanavu has a two fold path:
- Building and fostering sustainable school-wide leadership practices to deliver excellent education
- Sparking leadership to create communities that are financially stable and healthy

Kanavu is run by Nisha & Gowtham, an educator-couple (and two of our dear friends), passionate about transforming India by transforming our schools and communities.

Why choose learning centres and libraries as a way of making shifts in rural education?

  • Data suggests that after-school homework assistance programs can serve as a protective function for children at-risk of school failure.
  • A learning centre with a trained local teacher will help children understand concepts better in comparison to learning from home where the assistance is usually minimal to nil. Preliminary research has indicated high levels of parent investment for the same.
  • As most children from low-income families do not have access to books outside of school, a teacher-set-up library remains the single source of reading material for them.
  • There is a huge body of research which is conclusive in demonstrating that merely providing a library like atmosphere often encourages children to spend more time on learning to read, reading more and loving to read.
What will implementation look like?



How will the funds be used?

A. Learning Centre (Payilagam)

- Cost of setting up one learning centre = Rs. 15000

- Number of learning centres planned = 10
Total cost of 10 learning centres = Rs. 1,50,000

B. Community Library

- Cost of setting up one library at a school = Rs. 60000
(Pratham Library kits - 10000, Desktop computer - 35000, Photocopy machine - 15000)
- Number of schools = 5
Total cost of 5 community libraries = Rs. 3,00,000

C. Operational Costs

Until the centres become self-sufficient, there would be steady operational costs like teacher salary, transportation etc. for which we are setting aside Rs. 50,000.

What impact will we, together, create?

We would be a critical part of a project that provides high quality - conceptual, meaningful and contextual - sustainable education to the children of rural Cuddalore.

Each of us would contribute indirectly towards imparting specific literary skills like fluency, comprehension, speaking and writing to almost 1500 kids across 100+ villages.

In addition to reducing school drop out rates, we would play a role in supporting children learn and practice 21st century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.

What are the other important details to be aware of?

1. Whatever amount you choose to donate, Milaap charges 8% of it as admin charges. But, we request and encourage you to contribute via Milaap (this page) because that way you also support the awesome work Milaap does with so many deserving people all over. Please go to Milaap's main page to see all the great work they do. This will also allow the platform to send you the 80G certificate for your donation directly.

2. All your funds are handled by Milaap. Our role starts and ends with raising awareness and requesting people passionate about education to support our initiative.

3. When the campaign ends, the funds will go directly to Kanavu and not come to us or any other individual’s bank account.

4. We are getting married in August and consider these learning centres and libraries as a wedding gift from you!

How can you get in touch with us?

If you have any questions, concerns or words of appreciation regarding this fund raising campaign, please reach out to Ishwarya-Anand at <ishu.2208@gmail.com> and <anandjapesh@gmail.com>.

If you would like to know more about the work that Project Kanavu and ASSEFA do, please reach out to Nisha-Gowtham at <nisha.assefa@gmail.com> and <gowtham.assefa@gmail.com> and/or follow their Facebook page '@cometokannarpet'.

With lots of gratitude,
Ishwarya - Anand

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30th September 2020
Dear donors,

Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given us in the last two years that has enabled our journey. We are very happy to share with you our stories of hope, challenge and learning.

Payilagam:
By February 2020, we kickstarted two after-school learning centres in Periyar Nagar and Pillayar Medu villages. Through February and March, 48 students experienced meaningful learning and grew across foundational literacy and numeracy. We hired and trained two community teachers and nurtured strong local relationships to ensure sustainability of student learning.
Click here to watch our teachers and students in action:
https://youtu.be/Gs3rZDjfeGI  

Due to the pandemic, we have paused the project considering the safety of our children. We are connected to our teachers and hope to restart the program soon.

Our response to Covid-19:
Through May, we fundraised over 10 lakhs to support the 1000 families we serve, with immediate relief material (dry rations kit) and surveyed all student families to understand the extent of access to technology.

With the primary aim of ensuring continuous learning and development for all our students and teachers, we started Project RAY (Rural Action & You). We have so far reached 800 students through this program and completed 100+ days of learning through the pandemic.
Click here to read RAY/Kathir newsletter - https://spark.adobe.com/page/QtKj6DleRX7BL/

We are reaching out to our network  to ensure we reach all our children and enable our local leaders to fight against the inequity the pandemic has promoted. Please support children and teachers from rural India access quality learning against all the odds they face today!


To know more, reach us here:
www.kanavu.in  | facebook.com/cometokannarpet | instagram.com/kanavu_assefa | twitter.com/cometokannarpet

Connect with us through:
Whatsapp: 99629 29482 | Email: info@kanavu.in 
Dear donors,

Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given us in the last two years that has enabled our journey. We are very happy to share with you our stories of hope, challenge and learning.

Payilagam:
By February 2020, we kickstarted two after-school learning centres in Periyar Nagar and Pillayar Medu villages. Through February and March, 48 students experienced meaningful learning and grew across foundational literacy and numeracy. We hired and trained two community teachers and nurtured strong local relationships to ensure sustainability of student learning.
Click here to watch our teachers and students in action:
https://youtu.be/Gs3rZDjfeGI  

Due to the pandemic, we have paused the project considering the safety of our children. We are connected to our teachers and hope to restart the program soon.

Our response to Covid-19:
Through May, we fundraised over 10 lakhs to support the 1000 families we serve, with immediate relief material (dry rations kit) and surveyed all student families to understand the extent of access to technology.

With the primary aim of ensuring continuous learning and development for all our students and teachers, we started Project RAY (Rural Action & You). We have so far reached 800 students through this program and completed 100+ days of learning through the pandemic.
Click here to read RAY/Kathir newsletter - https://spark.adobe.com/page/QtKj6DleRX7BL/

We are reaching out to our network  to ensure we reach all our children and enable our local leaders to fight against the inequity the pandemic has promoted. Please support children and teachers from rural India access quality learning against all the odds they face today!


To know more, reach us here:
www.kanavu.in  | facebook.com/cometokannarpet | instagram.com/kanavu_assefa | twitter.com/cometokannarpet

Connect with us through:
Whatsapp: 99629 29482 | Email: info@kanavu.in 
17th September 2018
Hello,

Firstly, thank you so much once again for your support towards the fundraising campaign of setting up Libraries and Learning Centres in rural Cuddalore!

We are extremely happy (and humbled equally) to share that we've exceeded the goal of 5 lakhs that we meant to raise through Milaap. We're also receiving a lot of messages and calls to understand what the other needs are and contribute towards them - we're absolutely grateful for this, in particular!

We're, right now, in the process of withdrawing the funds that we raised through the platform and handing them over to Nisha and Gowtham, the POCs from Kanavu, who will be implementing the project on the ground. More updates to follow soon! Keep following their work by subscribing to their Facebook page '@cometokannarpet'.

Regards,
Ishwarya
Anand
Hello,

Firstly, thank you so much once again for your support towards the fundraising campaign of setting up Libraries and Learning Centres in rural Cuddalore!

We are extremely happy (and humbled equally) to share that we've exceeded the goal of 5 lakhs that we meant to raise through Milaap. We're also receiving a lot of messages and calls to understand what the other needs are and contribute towards them - we're absolutely grateful for this, in particular!

We're, right now, in the process of withdrawing the funds that we raised through the platform and handing them over to Nisha and Gowtham, the POCs from Kanavu, who will be implementing the project on the ground. More updates to follow soon! Keep following their work by subscribing to their Facebook page '@cometokannarpet'.

Regards,
Ishwarya
Anand
Rs.522,660 raised

Goal: Rs.500,000

Beneficiary: Association For... info_outline
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