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Project Sankalpa Siksha
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    Created by

    Sonal Kalyanpur
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    anganwadi children Eduction

    from Bhatkal, Karnataka

Story

Hello everyone, Have you ever wondered how many kids don’t start education at the right age? In India alone 35 million children aged 6-14 years do not attend school. 53% of girls in the age group of 5-9 years are illiterate and only 53% of habitation has a primary school and this problem particularly stems in rural India.
My Project #SankalpaSiksha aims at :
1) Start education at the right age for kids in rural areas of Karnataka & India. Improve rural literacy with special focus on girl child education. 
2) Enable teachers and kids with tools and techniques that can improve quality of education and kids find learning and education more fun!
3) Support the infrastructure needs of the anganwadi's kids such as access to clean drinking water, proper desks and chairs for studying, proper kitchen for mid day meals. In a nutshell make anganwadis a safe place and environment for kids and teachers to study.

Brief background on how I started this project – My native happens to be Murdeshwar, a small coastal village in Karnataka popular for its shiva temple and beautiful beach surrounding this temple. I visit my native very often so I have made quite a lot of friends across different age groups. As I was playing with the kids during my visit, I just realized how come none of these children have to go to school on a weekday? I asked them and they said that they help their parents in house hold work, fishing and farm work and as such don’t get time to go to school or many of them just dropped out of school due to lack of interest. So I thought to myself, these children aren’t aware of how education can play such an important role in shaping their lives and in fact I felt sad ...but that thought remained. A few weeks  later as I was walking by the beach side, I heard kids chatting and studying in a small shed. Out of curiosity I went and asked the teacher and she mentioned this place is an anganwadi and its an government aided pre-school. I googled anganwadi right there and found out anganwadi program is specially focused on integrated child development program which provides kids nutrition in the form of meals and education for kindergarten kids in the age group of 3-5 years of age group.. I ran back home to do more research and found out there are about 60,000 anganwadi’s in the whole of India and there are 10 such anganwadis in my village alone. Bingo ! I thought this is a perfect platform to ensure kids start education at the right age.. In my subsequent visit, I spoke to the parents, teachers and anganwadi workers I found out while this is a great platform, there are multiple set of issues and challenges that needs to be addressed if we want to fully unlock the potential of this anganwadi network and that's where my project Sankalpa comes in…Vision of Project #Sankalpa which is the umbrella program will be to Improve lives that makes the imaginable possible for a brighter and better tomorrow. #Sankalpasiksha project in particular will focus on starting education at the right time for rural kids by leveraging the aanganwadi network set up by the government.

Right now, my immediate goal is to pilot one or two anganwadi within Murdeshwar and bring in at least 20 – 25 additional kids who have missed schooling .. I've started working with the anganwadi teachers, child development program officers from the government and the anganwadi workers. Immediate ask is to  improve the infrastructure for both the anganwadi so that they have a proper kitchen for the mid day meals, access to clean drinking water and proper chairs and desks for the teachers and students. We have approx. 20 kids in each anganwadi where this infrastructure needs to be improved on war footing and hence my quest for crowd funding !

Based on the learning and the success, i plan to scale this to other rural areas within Karnataka and India. Thank you so much for reading my story and looking forward to your support so that together we can make the imaginable possible for a brighter and a better tomorrow for these kids -

Thanks,
Sonal Kalyanpur

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