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I am fundraising for completing Shashank's Secondary Education - Crossing his first biggest milestone and helping him achieve his dream!

Why am I fundraising?

I have been a teacher of Shashank from 2009 to 2011 in a Pune Municipal School as a part of Teach For India Fellowship. I have had the opportunity to be in touch with him and watch him grow from a 8 year old to now, a 14 year old teenager who is highly self-aware of what he wants from life. I always beleived in the potential of Shashank and what he can achieve in this world.Shashank's parents migrated to Pune from UP and his father, Uday was an auto rickshaw driver until he lost his permission to drive. Uday now runs a Pan-shop near a college in Pune. Shashank's mother Pushpa didi is a housewife and finds ways to support the expenditure of the family. Shashank's younger brother Prashant studies in a PMC school. The family live in the slums of Wanowrie gaon in Pune.

Shashank dreams of becoming either a Civil Engineer or a Cricketer. I have believed that his destiny of pursuing his dream should not be determined by the economic condition of their family. After moving him into a better school in 2011, over the past 4 years,  I have been supporting Shashank with contributions from my salary and also from the help of few good friends.

Although Shashank struggled a bit in the beginning to settle into the new curriculum, he is used to it now and is doing pretty well. He still has to improve in his Hindi, Language comprehension and Computers - he has been able to get decent grades across subjects - ranging from A- to C+

Its now time for the final leap! Shashank has entered into his 9th and 10th grades - the two most crucial years of Secondary Schooling and he needs support from all of us. I am calling for action - Please support me in raising money for Shashank's two years of education that will help him, and subsequently his family to achieve their dreams.

What do I plan to do with the funds?

Shashank truly deserves an excellent education. Studying in one of the foremost CBSE school in his community (City International School), he is able to attain skills and knowledge at par with his priviledged peers. As mentioned above, Shashank's biggest barrier is his economic condition. With the money raised, I wish to pay his School Fees, Tution & Remediation Support. Below is the split of the requirement for the next 2 years:

School Yearly Fees: 40,000 Rs (9th Grade) + 50,000 Rs (10th Grade)
Tution & Remedial Support: 25,000 Rs (9th Grade) + 35,000 Rs (10th Grade)
TOTAL: 1,50,000 Rs.


How will the money reach Shashank/School?
- The money will be transferred to my account/create a new account for Shashank and use it for his school fees, tution fees and for purchse of other supplementary material for his remediation.

How will we get updates?
- As soon as the money is spent for a specific thing, I will keep sending updates through Milaap platform with necessary bills and other information about the money utilization. A detailed account will be maintained.

Please reach out directly to me for any further questions/suggestions.

Madhukar Banuri

Project Lead - Pune Action Task Force;

2009 Teach For India Fellow; 2015 Acumen India Fellow

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3rd August 2015
3rd August 2015

Hello all,

Hope this update mail finds you all doing well :) I have just paid the 9th grade fees for Shashank at the school today. Paid 30,000Rs of the total 40k. I have attached the jpg image of the fee receipt with this update.

I have also spoken to a nearby remediation academy (Arpita Training Academy) which gives remedial and intensive support for 9th and 10th grade students in Math and Science. Shashank will be attending these classes everyday, starting today. The fees for it will be 15,000Rs which I will pay only once Shashank feels that it's the right place for him. 

Thank you all once again! And will keep you updated soon.

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11th July 2015
11th July 2015

Thank you very much all of you who have contributed towards the campaign! We have reached our target and I am closing the campaign in 24 hours. Really grateful to all of you for this collective effort. It was Shashank's birthday yesterday, and this is the best gift you could have given him for his 14th year! Will get back with more updates about the spending.

Warm Regards.

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raised of Rs.150,000 goal

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Supporters (48)

Dvs donated Rs.1,000
about 3 years ago

Dear Shashank, When you have mentor like Maddy nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams. All the best!!!!

Amaranath donated US $100
about 3 years ago

Proud of what you are doing my dear brother.... Do not tag me on Facebook for this, I feel it as my share of responsibility 😀

Bhavan donated US $79.36
about 3 years ago
Vasavi donated US $150
about 3 years ago
Muthu donated US $50
about 3 years ago

Best of luck!

Deepak donated US $25
about 3 years ago

Best of Luck!