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Arka - Help My Students Shine

Hello everyone! :)

My name is Praggya Paramita Poddar and I am a Teach For India fellow, currently in my second year of the fellowship. I teach a bunch of 37 super-energetic, enthusiastic and curious sixth graders of a Government School (Government Kannada and English Model Primary school K.P. Agrahara) in Vijayanagar,Bangalore.  

This fundraiser is for my kids who are future change-makers ready to conquer the world. All they need are swords and shields. Only with adequate resources can we prepare our children to face the real world. What are swords and shields for a kid if not pens and books?
My children, 37 of them, are mostly first-generation learners whose parents, all of whom are daily-wage workers, want them to have the best learning experiences and change the destiny of their births.

We are working to equip our children with resources that would make their learning more enjoyable and relevant. Essentially, we are looking at building a whole new learning experience for our children. It is our bet that, with a library in our school, this can be made possible. Yes, a library, for which we need lots and lots of books, cupboards to hold them, tables, chairs, charts, white boards, stationery and projector (for common use). Every teacher is a literacy teacher irrespective of the subject they teach. Every child requires  grade-level language reading and comprehension skills in English to comprehend and connect with the concepts and to be able to access the innumerable reading material that this world holds. We believe we can create a learning space for them to acquire these skills and to bridge this literacy gap.

A portion of the funds will be used for basic and essential amenities -electricity, fans and lighting; seating arrangements, painting. 

Over the last year of the fellowship, I was acquainted with the needs of our children and became more aware of what is it that I want to do before I complete my fellowship in April 2020 that will accelerate their learning. Building a learning space that can be tuned to become sustainable and self-regulatory was the idea that helped me connect the dots.

We need your support in cash and/or in kind. If you would like to donate in kind, we are looking for storybooks for kids in the 10-14 age group, seating solutions, shelves, unused charts, storage spaces, colouring/painting material, or anything that you feel might help us in making this space fun and safe. Please connect with me on the numbers provided below and we can arrange a place and time for picking up the materials.

Help our children unravel their potential to the fullest capacity possible.
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If you’d like to donate in cash, remember, no amount is small. Any amount you choose to help us with, will aid in our big aim. You could donate through UPI IDs.

It’s a promise to account for every donation in cash/kind. All expenses with the donated money can be viewed here. I will regularly update this document, so you can keep track of our projects. You can reach out to us to visit the space you’ve helped us create and interact with the kids (with prior appointment). You can also reach out to me at praggya.poddar2018@teachforindia.org.
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20th March 2020
Hi everyone,

Thank you for your huge support!  I'm grateful to each one of you for helping me create an environment conducive to children's holistic learning.

I'm sharing all the expenses that I have incurred till now. I'm also planning for a field trip for the children in the next month or in the month of May. I'll also share a rough estimated amount for it.

FUNDRAISER DETAILS_EXPENSES INCURRED TILL DATE
  • 1. For the school wide project: SCHOOL LIBRARY
  • EXPENSES:
  • Books: Rs. 4,998(book fair named BOOKCHOR held in Bangalore)+Rs. 2,500 (from a charitable trust selling second hand books at nominal prices)
  • Infrastructural: (Electrical expenses/wiring/switches/bulbs,etc; Painting, fixing doors&windows, shelves, computer table, miscellaneous): Rs. 8,500- Rs.10,000
  • 2. Classroom infrastructural improvement
  •     Painting, rewiring, installing tube lights, fans, fixing door and windows, floor mats : Rs. 5,500
  • Note: All of these services (improving infrastructural conditions) have been provided by the local people, mostly parents of my students who are daily wage labourers.
3. Miscellaneous classroom expenses throughout the year: coloring kits, exercise books, stationary, games, puzzles, dustbin, brooms, first aid box, etc)- Rs. 5,000
  • 4. Enabling Leadership's Just For Kicks (Football Program)
  • Transportation_Bus ( children had to travel for the inter-school league matches) :  Rs. 2,700
ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE FOR FIELD TRIP
Expenses: Transportation, food, entry tickets, etc)
Rs. 6,000- Rs. 8,000 (approx)

Thank you again :)

Best regards,
Praggya
Hi everyone,

Thank you for your huge support!  I'm grateful to each one of you for helping me create an environment conducive to children's holistic learning.

I'm sharing all the expenses that I have incurred till now. I'm also planning for a field trip for the children in the next month or in the month of May. I'll also share a rough estimated amount for it.

FUNDRAISER DETAILS_EXPENSES INCURRED TILL DATE
  • 1. For the school wide project: SCHOOL LIBRARY
  • EXPENSES:
  • Books: Rs. 4,998(book fair named BOOKCHOR held in Bangalore)+Rs. 2,500 (from a charitable trust selling second hand books at nominal prices)
  • Infrastructural: (Electrical expenses/wiring/switches/bulbs,etc; Painting, fixing doors&windows, shelves, computer table, miscellaneous): Rs. 8,500- Rs.10,000
  • 2. Classroom infrastructural improvement
  •     Painting, rewiring, installing tube lights, fans, fixing door and windows, floor mats : Rs. 5,500
  • Note: All of these services (improving infrastructural conditions) have been provided by the local people, mostly parents of my students who are daily wage labourers.
3. Miscellaneous classroom expenses throughout the year: coloring kits, exercise books, stationary, games, puzzles, dustbin, brooms, first aid box, etc)- Rs. 5,000
  • 4. Enabling Leadership's Just For Kicks (Football Program)
  • Transportation_Bus ( children had to travel for the inter-school league matches) :  Rs. 2,700
ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE FOR FIELD TRIP
Expenses: Transportation, food, entry tickets, etc)
Rs. 6,000- Rs. 8,000 (approx)

Thank you again :)

Best regards,
Praggya
26th December 2019
Dear Supporters,

Our classes and corridors have been painted with bright colors. The library is yet to be fully functional but it has been stocked with more than 500 books already!

More updates to follow. :)

Thanking all of you for your immense support.

Dear Supporters,

Our classes and corridors have been painted with bright colors. The library is yet to be fully functional but it has been stocked with more than 500 books already!

More updates to follow. :)

Thanking all of you for your immense support.

21st July 2019
Dear Supporters,

Our school library is on the way! Tiny steps towards building an engaging and fun learning space. Thank you for the amazing response so far.

Keep supporting.
Dear Supporters,

Our school library is on the way! Tiny steps towards building an engaging and fun learning space. Thank you for the amazing response so far.

Keep supporting.
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Rs.23,455 raised

Goal: Rs.200,000

Beneficiary: Praggya Poddar info_outline

Supporters (20)

AP
ANWESHA PANDA donated Rs.200
AS
AJANTA SAHA donated Rs.500
SC
SOHAM CHAKRABORTY donated Rs.500
Neelam
Neelam donated Rs.250

Happy to Help for education cause .. Will donate more in coming months .

A
Ankush donated Rs.1,000

All the best!

HO
Heide donated $100