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Independent India's First Govt. Girls School (est. 1949) Needs Support

"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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25th November 2018
Special thanks to 4 anonymous school children who gathered funds as a part of their school project and donated to this campaign. God bless you! Being 6th and 7th graders, you went out of your way to collect funds, for a school far away from you, that you have never visited. Thanks for the faith in us. 

Dear friends and anonymous donors,

A thousand thanks to you all for thinking about this school and your donations. The school has now progressed a lot.

An interesting story: After the initial sum of 1.5 Lakh rupees that reached school, it has brought a great moral boost to all teachers and really big smiles to students. Not only we could repair toilets, classrooms, etc - it has also encouraged the school to gather more funds. The belief, "that when this money has come so more can come" has instilled confidence that enabled 3 more teachers to raise Rs 10,000 each from their networks. And more funds are being raised.

Admission numbers have gone up. Main reason being functional girls toilet, and repaired classrooms. Some money is also kept aside to pay part-time science teacher.

The school teachers and students never knew that there are crowd-funding platforms like Milaap that the city people have access to. Below are few photos of progress from the school.


Girls toilet






Clean drinking water area with a new big dustbin (not operational yet)


Electrical wiring for fans and lights. Fans are purchased 2nd hand.




Some students got new uniform. Showing off in the school cleaning photo session :)



The entire work took 4 long months and 12 people were employed to repair classrooms and toilets. The work is pending, and will take another 3 months.




Thanks a lot for your support.

Special request to existing and new donors. We look forward to raise another 1 lakh to expand with 3 more classrooms, a water purifier, and make a small hostel room so that orphan girls can stay in school premises.

Thanks a ton
Special thanks to 4 anonymous school children who gathered funds as a part of their school project and donated to this campaign. God bless you! Being 6th and 7th graders, you went out of your way to collect funds, for a school far away from you, that you have never visited. Thanks for the faith in us. 

Dear friends and anonymous donors,

A thousand thanks to you all for thinking about this school and your donations. The school has now progressed a lot.

An interesting story: After the initial sum of 1.5 Lakh rupees that reached school, it has brought a great moral boost to all teachers and really big smiles to students. Not only we could repair toilets, classrooms, etc - it has also encouraged the school to gather more funds. The belief, "that when this money has come so more can come" has instilled confidence that enabled 3 more teachers to raise Rs 10,000 each from their networks. And more funds are being raised.

Admission numbers have gone up. Main reason being functional girls toilet, and repaired classrooms. Some money is also kept aside to pay part-time science teacher.

The school teachers and students never knew that there are crowd-funding platforms like Milaap that the city people have access to. Below are few photos of progress from the school.


Girls toilet






Clean drinking water area with a new big dustbin (not operational yet)


Electrical wiring for fans and lights. Fans are purchased 2nd hand.




Some students got new uniform. Showing off in the school cleaning photo session :)



The entire work took 4 long months and 12 people were employed to repair classrooms and toilets. The work is pending, and will take another 3 months.




Thanks a lot for your support.

Special request to existing and new donors. We look forward to raise another 1 lakh to expand with 3 more classrooms, a water purifier, and make a small hostel room so that orphan girls can stay in school premises.

Thanks a ton
21st May 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thanks to all donors and well-wishers. First portion of the money is now sent to the school authorities. The money is being used as follows.

Repair of girls toilet. All drainage issues are being fixed to make it functional: Rs. 45,000
Books for new admissions. Books and bags being procured for 10 girls: Rs. 5,000
Electricity Bills: Some dues are settled. Rs. 5,000
Rent: Rs. 6,000

Will give you all further updates soon.
Dear Supporters,

Thanks to all donors and well-wishers. First portion of the money is now sent to the school authorities. The money is being used as follows.

Repair of girls toilet. All drainage issues are being fixed to make it functional: Rs. 45,000
Books for new admissions. Books and bags being procured for 10 girls: Rs. 5,000
Electricity Bills: Some dues are settled. Rs. 5,000
Rent: Rs. 6,000

Will give you all further updates soon.
Rs.157,497
raised of Rs.500,000 goal

55 Supporters

Beneficiary: Ramleela Pursha... info_outline

Supporters (55)

Varun
Varun donated US $100

Keep up the good work

R
Rati donated US $15.15
Varun
Varun donated US $100
A
Anonymous donated US $5
A
Anonymous donated US $100

Waheguruji

NG
NAGARJUNA GOUD YENUMULA donated Rs.500