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Noor-e-Khuda : Fan The Flame Of My Children's Dreams

My name is Sukriti Pant, and I'm a fellow with Teach for India, Bengaluru. As part of my fellowship, I teach 72 vibrant and precocious 6th and 7th graders in Government Kannada Higher Primary School, Gangondanahalli, near Vijayanagar.

My children do not lead perfect lives. The problems and challenges they face are as unique as them, and yet, they work hard to make sure that they can become capable of solving their own problems, and the problems of people around them. Their ambition, their curiosity, their spirit is what drives them to be better learners, better teachers and better human beings than they are now. From an architect, to a teacher, to an automobile designer, to the CEO of Teach For India, and even the Chief Minister of Karnataka, they want to be it all. In just 3 years of Teach For India intervention, they have blossomed into empathetic, rational, kind-hearted thinkers, with a drive to learn, a determination to succeed, and an aim to make change. As their facilitator, and their teacher, it then becomes my responsibility to give them the tools they need to be all this, and more.

My approach to provide my children with opportunities that will help them get closer to their goals is two-fold. Firstly, I want to ensure that the place they spend their time with me, their school, is a place that they love to come to everyday, a place that they feel safe and comfortable in. The fellows who have worked in the school previously have taken steps towards this, and I aim to sustain and better these efforts. Secondly, after ensuring that their primary learning environment is conducive to learn in, I wish to create those opportunities for them, give them the exposure they need to learn to make informed choices about their future.

The money I receive from you will help me achieve this goal through multiple ways: ensuring that the 500-odd children in the school have a stable and sustainable source of water to drink from for the entire school day; enabling their learning by repairing broken light and fan fitments in the classrooms they sit in; transporting them to external opportunities like football matches for Just For Kicks, or the Robotics competition for Dream Design Robotics Program; taking them for eye check-ups, dentist appointments, providing them with soap dispensers and class hand sanitizers so that their learning isn't impacted by their health issues; giving them access to new-age modes of learning by taking them for field trips and educational visits; enhancing their learning by providing them with innovative reading, writing, listening and visual material in the form of storybooks, dictionaries, audio books and documentaries to watch; keeping them safe in their classroom by repairing/replacing broken benches and desks and helping them feel comfortable in their school by making sure that they don't have to brave the summer heat in their classrooms without lights and fans due to power cuts.

You will be able to see our journey through the updates I will regularly post here. If you wish to donate to us through non-monetary means, wish to spend time with the children or have talks with them about who they want to be when they grow up or can connect us to people who can help, then you can contact me on my email from this campaign page. 

My children and I thank you in advance for supporting us and helping us take steps towards being the best versions of ourselves!

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22nd February 2020
Hi All!

It's been just over a month since the last update, and a lot has been happening at school. Here's the second update, which will give you some insights into the exciting events that have taken place in school!
Using the funds that we accumulated through this campaign, and all your efforts, we were able to take our team of 20 footballers to their JFK matches on the 25th of January. While they were unable to win the competition, some of them won Man of the Match certificates for their performances within their matches.

One of our students, Mohammed Umaiz Qureshi, got a chance to take part in a national-level educators conference called the Kids' Education Revolution. As part of this conference, he travelled to Delhi, and stayed there from the 3rd of February to the 9th of February, interacting with a hundred children from India and the world, and around 120 educators as well. There, he presented the project he started with 3 of his classmates, to collect and segregate garbage generated in their school, so that they can lessen their carbon footprint.
On the 8th of February, 16 of our children took part in the Dream Design Robotics Program, organized by Birur Education Foundation for Children, Akshara Foundation and 2 Teach For India fellows. In the competition, our Beginner team (Grade 6) placed fifth, and our Advanced team (Grade 7) placed First! The children are now adept at using a Lego Mindstorms NXT kit to build and program a robot to go through a series of mazes.

Some of the expenses that have recently come up are the renovation of one of our classrooms. Earlier, it was used as a storage room, but now, the school management has decided to convert that room into a sick room for children that do not feel well. The plan is to create a room where they can lie down and rest when they feel unwell. Currently, we have shifted the school meter box, which was inside the room, to the wall outside the room. We have also repaired the wall inside the room, which had a lot of seepage damage. In discussion with the teachers, we will soon bring in a comprehensive first aid kit for the room, repair the electrical fitments of the room, get it painted and arrange for a couple of cots for the children to lie down on. Hopefully, by the next update, we will have more details on this for you!

Another unexpected expense that has recently come up is the repair of windows in one of the Grade 1 classrooms. The classroom was recently subjected to an act of vandalism by some children from the community, who managed to kick and break the windows from the outside. The expected cost to repair the windows (which are made entirely of a sheet of metal), is around 9000 rupees. We have paid the advance amount of 3000 rupees, and the repair of the windows has been completed on the 22nd of February.
Old Windows, broken in 2 because of the vandalism
New Windows that have been fixed today

I also recently took a trip to Blossoms Book House and bought some books for the class: 8 copies of "Diary of a Young Girl"(we had a discussion about Hitler and Nazi Germany, and the children wanted to read more about the issues that the Jews faced), the "Tell Me" series, to boost creative thinking and increase their general knowledge, and 6 books that teach children to conduct Science Experiments, so that they are able to see the practical applications of the concepts they study in Science.
We have also got the handwash dispensers fitted near the handwash basins at the front of the school, and the girls' and boys' washrooms at the back of the school. The children are very happy to have soap to wash their hands, and a lot of them constantly sneak out of class to wash their hands with Dettol! Some of the children even taught the younger children how to wash their hands with Dettol, scrubbing their hands properly, cleaning under their nails and making a lather before washing your hands with water.

All the expenses that have been incurred have been updated on this excel sheet, to ensure transparency and accountability. As always, none of this would have been possible if it were not for your support and your contributions. Your generosity is the reason my children have smiles on their faces!

Thank you!
Sukriti Pant
2018 Fellow, GKHPS Gangondanahalli
Teach For India, Bengaluru
 
Hi All!

It's been just over a month since the last update, and a lot has been happening at school. Here's the second update, which will give you some insights into the exciting events that have taken place in school!
Using the funds that we accumulated through this campaign, and all your efforts, we were able to take our team of 20 footballers to their JFK matches on the 25th of January. While they were unable to win the competition, some of them won Man of the Match certificates for their performances within their matches.

One of our students, Mohammed Umaiz Qureshi, got a chance to take part in a national-level educators conference called the Kids' Education Revolution. As part of this conference, he travelled to Delhi, and stayed there from the 3rd of February to the 9th of February, interacting with a hundred children from India and the world, and around 120 educators as well. There, he presented the project he started with 3 of his classmates, to collect and segregate garbage generated in their school, so that they can lessen their carbon footprint.
On the 8th of February, 16 of our children took part in the Dream Design Robotics Program, organized by Birur Education Foundation for Children, Akshara Foundation and 2 Teach For India fellows. In the competition, our Beginner team (Grade 6) placed fifth, and our Advanced team (Grade 7) placed First! The children are now adept at using a Lego Mindstorms NXT kit to build and program a robot to go through a series of mazes.

Some of the expenses that have recently come up are the renovation of one of our classrooms. Earlier, it was used as a storage room, but now, the school management has decided to convert that room into a sick room for children that do not feel well. The plan is to create a room where they can lie down and rest when they feel unwell. Currently, we have shifted the school meter box, which was inside the room, to the wall outside the room. We have also repaired the wall inside the room, which had a lot of seepage damage. In discussion with the teachers, we will soon bring in a comprehensive first aid kit for the room, repair the electrical fitments of the room, get it painted and arrange for a couple of cots for the children to lie down on. Hopefully, by the next update, we will have more details on this for you!

Another unexpected expense that has recently come up is the repair of windows in one of the Grade 1 classrooms. The classroom was recently subjected to an act of vandalism by some children from the community, who managed to kick and break the windows from the outside. The expected cost to repair the windows (which are made entirely of a sheet of metal), is around 9000 rupees. We have paid the advance amount of 3000 rupees, and the repair of the windows has been completed on the 22nd of February.
Old Windows, broken in 2 because of the vandalism
New Windows that have been fixed today

I also recently took a trip to Blossoms Book House and bought some books for the class: 8 copies of "Diary of a Young Girl"(we had a discussion about Hitler and Nazi Germany, and the children wanted to read more about the issues that the Jews faced), the "Tell Me" series, to boost creative thinking and increase their general knowledge, and 6 books that teach children to conduct Science Experiments, so that they are able to see the practical applications of the concepts they study in Science.
We have also got the handwash dispensers fitted near the handwash basins at the front of the school, and the girls' and boys' washrooms at the back of the school. The children are very happy to have soap to wash their hands, and a lot of them constantly sneak out of class to wash their hands with Dettol! Some of the children even taught the younger children how to wash their hands with Dettol, scrubbing their hands properly, cleaning under their nails and making a lather before washing your hands with water.

All the expenses that have been incurred have been updated on this excel sheet, to ensure transparency and accountability. As always, none of this would have been possible if it were not for your support and your contributions. Your generosity is the reason my children have smiles on their faces!

Thank you!
Sukriti Pant
2018 Fellow, GKHPS Gangondanahalli
Teach For India, Bengaluru
 
18th January 2020
Hi All!

It has been close to 2 weeks, and the support this fundraiser has seen has been unbelievable! I am so grateful to know so many wonderful individuals who are willing to support us on our journey to excellence! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support we have received :)

This will be the first of many updates that you will see over the next 3 months. Along with this update, I am also attaching an excel sheet in which I have tabulated the expenses incurred in this year, and I will update that sheet as and when another expense is made. This is the link to the excel sheet. Currently, a big expense we are anticipating will be to repair/replace the broken benches in school, which will be our first step in making the school a place children love coming to everyday. Another expense that will be coming up soon will be this Saturday (25th Jan), when we take our team of 20 footballers for their football matches. Wish us luck!

Watch out for the pictures that I will upload with the next update, by which time the work on the benches, a water purifier for school, and the repair/replacements of electric fitments in the classrooms will be underway.

Again, thank you so much for participating in this fundraiser. We wouldn't have been able to do it without you!


Thank you,
Sukriti Pant
2018 Fellow, GKHPS Gangondanahalli
Teach For India, Bengaluru

Hi All!

It has been close to 2 weeks, and the support this fundraiser has seen has been unbelievable! I am so grateful to know so many wonderful individuals who are willing to support us on our journey to excellence! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support we have received :)

This will be the first of many updates that you will see over the next 3 months. Along with this update, I am also attaching an excel sheet in which I have tabulated the expenses incurred in this year, and I will update that sheet as and when another expense is made. This is the link to the excel sheet. Currently, a big expense we are anticipating will be to repair/replace the broken benches in school, which will be our first step in making the school a place children love coming to everyday. Another expense that will be coming up soon will be this Saturday (25th Jan), when we take our team of 20 footballers for their football matches. Wish us luck!

Watch out for the pictures that I will upload with the next update, by which time the work on the benches, a water purifier for school, and the repair/replacements of electric fitments in the classrooms will be underway.

Again, thank you so much for participating in this fundraiser. We wouldn't have been able to do it without you!


Thank you,
Sukriti Pant
2018 Fellow, GKHPS Gangondanahalli
Teach For India, Bengaluru

Rs.201,079 raised

Goal: Rs.200,000

Beneficiary: Sukriti Pant info_outline

Supporters (40)

GT
Geetika donated $300

HBD

SK
Sri donated $50
AN
Ajit donated Rs.10,000

All the best

SS
Shanaz donated Rs.2,000
MK
Malini donated Rs.10,000
AL
Aptech donated Rs.50,000

This is a very noble act you are doing, Sukriti. All the very best.