Support 6 Night Schools In Rural Rajasthan

Quick one-minute version of this campaign

Over the next few months (till February 2018), I am committing to run 5 full marathons and 5 half marathons and 2000 kms of cycling in order to raise funds for 6 night schools run by the Barefoot College for children who are unable to attend a formal school due to various reasons. 

Over 60% of the children in these night school centres are girls. Please see below for detailed information. You can also read more on the website of the Barefoot College.

You can support this by

  1. Donating
    (Everything you donate will go directly to Barefoot College account minus a small fee charged by Milaap for hosting this web page + all the support and transparent processing of the donations)
  2.  Share this with friends, family and others in your networks who are passionate about supporting education, especially of girl children in rural India.
Please note that, I do not take even one rupee for my marathon expenses from this campaign. So, whatever money you donate goes entirely to Barefoot College’s account (minus Milaap admin fee). I fund my marathon expenses completely from my savings/earnings and will never take any money from donations.

In the last 6 years, I have raised funds via, and Milaap to get Prathambooks libraries and medical equipment for children's hospital in Mumbai via Pragati.

You can read about my running story here. You can also read about my past campaigns here and here.

What is this campaign for?

I am raising funds for running 6 solar powered night schools in Rajasthan where approximately 240 children study everyday after sunset.

Every night school needs approx Rs 144000 per year to support the education of 40 children, teacher salaries, study resources, construct a pukka building, solar panel and lights, water and basic furniture and mats. For six schools, the figure is Rs 8.6 lakhs per annum.

Detailed version of this campaign 

Growing up in a low-income community family, staying in school and going to college on a Government scholarship changed my life. 

Driven by the wish to do something for children who didn't get the excellent education they deserve, I joined Teach For India and became a full time teacher at the Municipal school in Dharavi, Mumbai (2010-12). There, I got to see how children in such classrooms lack the basic resources needed to learn well and stay on grade level.

Since then, I have stayed in the social development sector and have been working on various non profit projects focused on education. Since the last 2 years, I have been volunteering with the Barefoot College on their solar and education projects across many states in India

Some more information about the night schools run by Barefoot College

For over four decades now, Barefoot College has been running night schools across India for rural children unable to attend any day school due to compelling family responsibilities (e.g. farming, livestock breeding, household chores) or other unavoidable reasons (e.g. distance, social barriers preventing girls from attending school).

The communities we work with

The night schools cater to children from tribal communities left at the development periphery across Rajasthan, be it the nomadic Bagariyas, the landless Kalbeliya daily wage labourers, the Mal scrap resellers, or the primitively agricultural Bhils. 

Education for such ignored communities can be game changing in shifting the development dynamics and has indeed proven to be so, in our case.

The success till now 

Since we started in 1974, our solar-powered night schools in remote off-grid rural communities have educated over 75,000 children, 65% of which are girls. 

We have helped over 40% of our children integrate into state schools. These outstanding stories of our children have contributed to the changing mindset of these communities towards the value of education, much in line with our nation’s commitment to UNESCO’s development goal of ‘Education for All’ by 2030. 

As we have successfully educated and transitioned rural children across to mainstream education, our night schools have naturally reduced from a peak of 150 to now 30 in Rajasthan.

What is the accountability?

In the past, I have set up many such fund raising campaigns successfully to support my classroom and the classrooms of other teachers. I promise to
1) post updates (pictures and text) from the night schools
2) post final accountability report here and on social media 

You can also email me (or reach out via Twitter and Facebook) for updates after making a donation. If you have any questions, doubts, concerns, compliments or complaints about this fund raising campaign, please reach out to me at or tweet to me @srini091 and I am happy to answer.

Other important details to note
1. Milaap admin charges: Whatever amount you choose to donate, Milaap charges 5% of it + 1.9 to 2.9% card charges. But, I 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.

2. You can also choose to send money via NEFT/RTGS to avoid the 2.2% charges. However, 5% of your donation + GST on it goes to Milaap to cover admin charges (All fund raising platforms charge this amount and I found Milaap charges the lowest. I request and encourage you to contribute via Milaap (this page))

3. All your funds are handled by Milaap. My role starts and ends with running marathons, raising awareness and requesting people passionate about education to support. I do not receive any commission/money/goodies in return. I do not need it. The money for my marathons is entirely from my savings/earnings and I do not take even one rupee from this campaign for my marathon expenses.

4. When the campaign ends, the funds will go directly to the Barefoot College trust in Rajasthan and not come to me or any other individual’s bank account.
Ask for an update
5th March 2018
Dear kind hearted donors, friends and well wishers,

Since we have managed to raise only 25% of the overall target, I have decided to extend the end date of the campaign to 30th of April to give it another chance. Having completed my marathons, I am now focusing on completing the cycling commitment. Please wish me good luck as I embark on this challenge.
Sometime this month, I will be traveling to the Barefoot College and visit some night schools. I shall share updates from there.
Thank you so much for your support

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raised of Rs.864,000 goal

53 Supporters

37 Days to go

Payment options: Online, cheque pickups

Beneficiary: 6 Night Schools info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (53)

Mohana donated Rs.2,000
9 days ago
Suhasini donated Rs.5,000
11 days ago

Thank you for inspiring all of us, Srini. I hope there's a happily ever after for all of these kids

Anonymous donated Rs.42,000
11 days ago
Balaji donated Rs.10,001
12 days ago
Anonymous donated Rs.1,500
13 days ago
Srinivasan donated Rs.55,000
17 days ago

Thank you Parklands College learners and teachers!