Today, as all of us know the whole world is battling the deadly Covid-19 virus and are slowly able to achieve success. In the process of doing so, we have faced a major lockdown and almost all economic activities have come to a halt, uncertain about when it would get back on track.
I have been looking at crowdfunding platforms since 3 years in order to raise funds for the school that our society runs in a tribal settlement near Udaipur, Rajasthan but I was never convinced enough to start a campaign, because we were able to manage our funds and fulfil our requirements.
But now since educational institutions are closed indefinitely with all income sources blocked, I see crowdfunding as my only hope.
ABOUT OUR ORGANISATION
We formed, Thakor Himmat Singh Ji Sisodia Educational Society in the year 2012 to educate the children from backward segments and areas and expose them to the urban standards of education so that they could make a better future for themselves.
We started an English Medium Primary School by the name of 'Scholars International School' in a rural town called Salumber in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan with the primary aim of identifying children with tribal backgrounds and educating them, since no other completely English Medium schools existed in the area. Over the years, we have gradually progressed and reached the Upper Primary level.
The children who study with us, after clearing class 8 from our school are at par with the children enrolled in the schools of Udaipur and many of them secure admissions in prestigious institutions in Udaipur.
WHY DO WE NEED THE FUNDS
Since our children belong to backward communities, they often are not able to pay their fee.
A large number of population from the area works in the state of Maharashtra and Gujarat, which are badly affected by the Covid-19 virus.
People have migrated back home after losing their sources of livelihood and can not afford to educate their children.
1. A major segment of our fee is realized in the month of March after we announce the results, since that is the tendency and the mindset of the people to pay the schools at the end of the year.
The due amount could not be realized because of the imposition of lockdown and there is no hope it can be realized now.
2. The Government pays a certain amount for education 25% of the students under the RTE Act, which also hasn't been realized so far.
3. Since we have the school building on rent and are still occupying it, the rent is mounting on day by day.
We could not pay our rent from January onwards because we did not have sufficient funds to do so.
4. We weren't able to pay our fuel expenses February onwards for our transport vehicles because of lack of funds.
WHERE WILL WE USE THE FUNDS
1.We currently have a 142 students enrolled with us. We would use the funds to subsidize the education of these children.
2. Use it to conduct remote teaching, provide them with books, worksheets, tests and other educational aid.
3. Pay the salaries to our team of staff.
4. Pay our Building Rent.
5. Pay or fuel bills.
BREAKUP OF THE AMOUNT
1. Our Annual Tuition Fee comes to an average of Rs.15,500/- per annum.
Out of 142 children, 16 are enrolled under the RTE Act.
126 x Rs.15,500 = Rs.19,53,000/-
2. The Building Rent Due for our School Building :
Rs.38,500 x 5 = Rs.1,92,500/-
3. The Fuel Bills Due till March :
4. Staff Salaries Per Month :
Rs.1,00,000 x 12 = Rs.12,00,000/-
5. Study Material Cost :
Rs.1,000/- x 142 = Rs.1,42,000/-
TAX BENEFITS :
We are registered under Section 80 G of The Income Tax Act, 1961.
Each contribution made will bring us a step closer to keeping our institution alive!