At the Rajendra Nagara slums in Bengaluru, the average household income is just a few thousand rupees. Children are ignored, malnourished, and frequently abused at home.
But Kowsar ma'am did not give up on these children. Driven by her deep passion as a teacher, since 2013, Kowsar ma’am along with Swabhimaan trust has mobilized an army of NGO’s to help the children get a quality education.
Teach for India (four class teachers), Kids-who-kode (teaching coding in python), JustForkicks (leadership through sport), Key Education Foundation (early childhood education) are all active in Greenland. Swabhimaan trust has given free access to its computer center, library, and reading room.
But this has come at a steep personal cost. Average monthly expenses at the schools is still around Rs. One lac (or about 500 rupees per student). An amount that the children’s parents are just not able to afford.
Kowsar ma’am has also spent on uniforms, bags, and shoes for the children. She has also added classrooms, gotten accreditation from the government, and a cleaning lady to her staff.
Kowsar ma’am has sunk deeply in debt by spending on Greenland. Almost every piece of jewelry she and her husband owns has been pawned to help her meet ends with little hope of ever getting it back. She is just not able to go on financially.
You can help Kowsar ma’am keep her dream alive and continue to build on the hard work of so many people by contributing to this campaign.
Any amount is helpful. 100% of the money raised through this campaign by Swabhimaan trust goes to Kowsar ma’am and teacher salaries.