This is an effort to help rehabilitate a primary school in a village called Simkhet in Garur Bageshwar. The school is called Saraswati Sishu Mandir and has 136 students attending classes here from kindergarten to 5th grade. The students here hail from working-class communities who cannot afford to travel 5 - 10 Kilometres back and forth every day to go to the nearest school from this location.
The last quarter of 2019 saw a massive flood that wiped clean the entire school of its furniture, books, sports equipment, and other academic paraphernalia. The students were then forced to stay at home since the harsh Himalayan winter seeped in immediately afterward. and due to lack of funds to retrofit the building structure and facilities, The school was declared defunct in March 2020 and then all hopes were lost for the school and the kids studying there when the nationwide lockdown was imposed in March 2020.
The school has been built on a foundation of hope and love. The ancestors in this region who have been inherently poor envisioned that education for their upcoming futures was the only way out of rampant poverty in this region. and thus was built by the entire village pooling in monetary resources and efforts in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
They say Love can create miracles. The following incident makes it pretty evident. During the lockdown, the school was used as a quarantine facility since there was no other infrastructure available nearby to house the incoming migrant workers from the region who had defected to the cities for their livelihood. Disheartened at the plight of their hope for their kids' education, the migrants offered to paint the school pro bono as a token of love. That sparked a paradigm shift with the villagers joining in to clean and rehabilitate the school to open its doors this year for all the 136 students who would otherwise have to go uneducated.
This is a movement led by the local villagers to build the foundation for their next generation's future.
We are looking to raise an amount of INR 4,00,000 for the following:
1.Furniture for 136 students
4.Computers and other IT peripherals
5.Office and administration equipment
Please help us reinstate hope for a better future