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Support the Kalakar Colony children to continue their studies
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    Family In Action

    from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan


After experiencing the extreme negligence and poverty affecting the children (mainly girls) of the Kalakar Colony slum in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Tamara Moss began working for their upliftment in 2015. She founded the Sunflower Learning Centre which ran activity based, multi-sensorial learning, meals and facilitation of individual needs for all the children of the slum.

Durga Baresha joined the centre as teaching staff and has become a vital mentor in the children's lives, as she herself has lived a first-hand experience of the sexist, casteist, struggles young women and BPL families face. 

The Sunflower Learning Centre ran successfully from 2016 until project completion in June 2019 when the children's goals of basic literacy, nutrition and concentration levels had been achieved. 

Most of our work has been centred around raising the awareness of the families who come from tribal and indigenous background. They are mostly illiterate artists, lacking support or orientation to take a shift towards literacy. Understaffed government schools have made a poor impression and those (usually male children) who do attend have little to show for it. Through years of counselling, the parents have come to understand the value and necessity of their daughters' accessing literacy and channelling their energy to fulfil their goals of a healthy, empowering and engaging life. 

In June 2019, 10 children out of the 77 children who attended the Sunflower Learning Centre received individual sponsorship and began studies at SMPS private school. Due to Corona, schools shut down in March 2020. The children have been eagerly waiting to continue their education.

As of 2021, we have 10 girls and 6 boys ready for their 2nd year of school sponsorship. This year we have chosen Vishwas Educational Academy due to the well rounded activities, foundational values and quality of teaching staff. The children also require a daily tiffin for these 10 1/2 school attendance months of the year. As their families are all below poverty line and are unable to provide proper nutritious meals which the children require for concentration in studies.

We are reaching out to all of you sponsors to donate towards the annual school fees and related costs. All contributions are used for this purpose ONLY.

The daily tiffin consists of:

--Rice/Roti and Dhal
--1 fruit (Banana, or seasonal variety)
--Green Salad (fresh cucumber and tomato)

For most of the children, this is their sole nutritious meal of the day.

Below is the breakdown of all the costs for the July 2021- May 2022 School Year

                                   Monthly Expenses:                             Annual Expenses

Cook Salary:                                   3,000
Food Expenses:                            16,000
Transportation:                               4,000
Stationary:                                       1,500
Books:                                                                                                 20,000 
School Fee:                                                                                        314,000 
Milaap gateway costs                                                                          15,540
Total Expenses                                                                       =  INR 715,000/-

*Durga Baresha, mentor, teacher and trust member, visits Vishwas Academy 4-5 regularly to check on the children's progress, she also acts as mediator and counsellor for the parents who are unable to spare time for frequent school trips and Parent-Teacher meetings. 

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