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:
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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com>.
If you would like to know more about the work that Project Kanavu and ASSEFA do, please reach out to Nisha-Gowtham at <firstname.lastname@example.org> and <email@example.com> and/or follow their Facebook page '@cometokannarpet'.
With lots of gratitude,
Ishwarya - Anand