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Independent India's First Govt. Girls School (est. 1949) Needs Support
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    Ramleela Pursharthi Sd Kanya Pathshala School

    from Nabha, Punjab

"The whole village is proud of this school. Our daughters are educated and they have become able mothers. It was the first girls government school and this school has changed how our village has progressed over last 69 years." - Head Teacher 

About 1949, amidst difficult times in Nabha-Punjab, widow of a freedom fighter (then 20 years old) began a movement to educate girls in her village.

She requested the then MLA to provide space for a school, but education for girls was not a priority. She however began with teaching 6 girls in Ramleela Ground of Nabha Village.

Year after year, as more and more girls joined the movement, the lady asked for school space and aid for hiring teachers.

Finally in 1960, government recognized her work and aided construction of a few classrooms, next to a temple in the same Ramleela Ground. The School was named "Ramleela Pursharthi SD Kanya Pathshala"

Based on the quality education our school provides, many parents requested to admit boys too. But we lack in infrastructure, esp toilets are expensive to build. - Principal

Now in 2018, 240 girls have access to free education via this school, aided by govt. that provides salary of six teachers (Rs. 2500/month). However, the building is in ruins.

Why are funds needed? 

My wife and I have been supporting the school from last couple of years, however this year many new students have joined the school. We are short of teachers, books and some toilets need to be redone. Building also needs special care. 

1. 50+ students in school have no books, notebooks or pencils. - Rs. 60,000
2. Construction of toilets and repairing of flush system. Currently, students are unable to use the toilets, they go to near-by houses and shops - Rs. 1,80,000
3. Whitewash for walls. School was last painted in 1987. - Rs. 45,000
4. Four Teachers' salary for 4th, 5th and 6th standard. Currently there are some passionate teachers who teach without a salary. Govt. hasn't approved aid money for new teachers since a long time. - Rs. 1,20,000 + Rs. 30,000 (to give stipend for B.Ed students as join as part-time teachers) 
5. Electricity and Water Bills are pending for last six months. Some parents have been pooling money and paying on school's behalf. - Rs. 18,000
6. Annual Rent - Rs. 50,000

A sum of 5 lakhs is needed to revive the school completely and pay-off all debts. My only inspiration to start this crowdfunding campaign is, if 100 people pay Rs. 5,000 each - school will start seeing a transformation. Please feel free to donate how much ever you can. 

Who Am I? and Why am I raising these funds?

I am Satyam Gambhir, currently working in Bangalore in an IT company. In last five years, I have worked with rag-pickers, farmers and many government schools. I help build technology platform for social good. Recently co-founded (non-profit) University of Commons, an initiative that empowers young people to address persistent social problems.

I am the great grandson of the lady who started this school. Here is one of the last pictures we took of her. Her name, Late Smt. Ram Pyaari. Also very well known as "Behen Ji" in all govt. schools of Eastern Punjab.

Her family has been supporting the school financially for last many years.

There is a temple in the school premises. Donations collected from the temple barely pays for books for the needy.

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