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
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)
- 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 Wishberry.in, GiveIndia.org and Milaap to get Prathambooks libraries and medical equipment for children's hospital in Mumbai via Pragati.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.