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Sakastu Bembala - Support Our Children to BUILD Their Lives
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  • Shelwyn

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    Shelwyn James S
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    Shelwyn James S

    from Bangalore

“People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.” - Trevor Noah.
Simply put 'Sakastu Bembala' in Kannada means adequate support. Reiterating the words of Trevor Noah, over the past five months as a teacher, I have realised that creating an environment to apply knowledge is just as important as the learning process.


My name is Shelwyn James S - a Teach For India Fellow working at a Government School in Chandra Layout, Bangalore. Along with my co-fellow Ruplekha Bora, I teach 109 fiesty 5th, 6th and 7th graders!

Our children live in a community filled with challenges spread across the social, economic and cultural realms. They hail from low-income households and lack access to the basic privileges that most of us enjoy. However, they try not let any of this dictate who they want to be and are very enterprising. Our primary focus over the next 18 months is to create an environment that adequately supports them and enables them to understand what they want for themselves and work towards the goal.  

We understand that as fellows our locus of control is limited to the school and we cannot solve all the challenges our children have to face. Also, education is one part of the puzzle and not the only answer. However the hope with which we move forward is that with adequate support from everyone our children shall overcome.

On an average our children spend 7-8 hours each day at school. A critical factor in helping our children build their lives is to make the time they spend in school as effective as possible. Our dream and mission is to make the school function as a unit of change in the community. Apart from the academic progress that we strive to achieve as a school we have setup this campaign to look into to essential strands:

  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
As far as infrastructure is concerned we aim at building a strong and interactive library, revamping three classrooms (walls, fans, lighting and wiring), building an activity room and procuring two new projectors. Another problem we face is regular absenteeism due to health reasons and malnutrition. Also we have noticed that no child in school uses spectacles. It is something that we would address through this campaign.

I shall regularly update all expenses and donations on a bi-monthly basis here. Do send me an email at  if you wish to help in any non-monetary form. Our children and we are extremely grateful to each donation made. Reiterating the words of Trevor Noah, your contributions shall help us procure the “fishing rods” of life for our children. 

Thank for your patience and time!

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