We were Teach For India fellows who taught grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5 students at an under-resourced, private school in Vijayanagar, Bangalore called SPARC Public School.
Some of you who know Anshuli, Nirmal, or Nikita personally know that we are deeply committed to our students' transformation and well-being; the latter is of priority right now in this period of lockdown. Most of the families are daily wage workers who do not have savings. Unlike some other TFI communities, our community is quite scattered and a distribution drive would not be as effective.
Why financial aid? Why not tie up with NGOs for grocery supplies?
We want to do direct fund transfers to our students' families for three reasons:
1) Some of our families are stuck in villages that are in remote areas where finding local NGO support would be difficult.
2) Some families still have to pay rent and fear being evacuated.
3) Some do not have their ration cards but have access to grocery stores while some who have ration cards are not getting anything other than rice.
Additionally, financial aid seems to be the fastest way to help the families in our context. These are families we have known for a while and known well; kindly do not suspect misuse of these funds on their end.
Why Rs. 2,50,000?
According to our estimates, we believe an amount of Rs. 3,000 per family will see them through for a month at least. We have personally funded some of the 94 families and if the remaining require assistance, we will need this much amount.
We are collating data for financial needs as we speak to the families, with reasons for financial aid, on this sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C9pYRGGmjiwVxDA5xCU_j6peS6ZRUcVSAReMvbf6hX8/edit#gid=1844008261
You may access it to see the status of how this fund has been used.
I have started this fund after exhausting my personal account. Please contribute to this fund if you have any amount to spare and are in alignment with our mission. We will be happy to take questions on anything and will try to be as transparent as possible.
Thank you for your contribution!