Aren't these the cutest smiles you'll see anywhere in the world?!! These and a whole bunch of 600+ other smiles greeted me at school everyday for 2 years in KP Agrahara in Bangalore.
I taught a few of these kids for two years as a Teach For India fellow and saw at close quarter what is behind all these beautiful smiles - happiness, sense of security, pain, sadness, need for attention and more importantly, love. These two years have created a bond so strong that all I can think of is how do I get these kids the same opportunities in life as any other kid in Bangalore.
To give you guys a little context, these kids are from the KP Agrahara community in Bangalore and are first generation learners. The parents are daily wage workers, most of whom cannot afford the private school tuition fees and a few of whom cannot afford basic necessities for the family. Amidst all this, everyone wants to push forward, leave all the difficulties behind and give education a priority to ensure a brighter and a better future. Should their dreams and aspirations be shattered just because these kids go to a govt. school? I don't think so. I'm sure you don't either. With the staff from GKEMPS KP Agrahara, we, Teach For India fellows are striving to provide an excellent education to these kids along with the right exposure and access to the world so that they are on par with anyone else.
The Govt. gives them free uniform, free books, free meals and milk too. But there is a huge issue with the drinking water at school. The school lacks a water filter facility which means there is no drinking water for over 600 kids. Currently, either the kids beg, borrow and steal water from a few kids who can get water in a bottle from their homes or line up at the nearest Indira Canteen whenever they get to go outside the school gate (Which is either before the school or after) or end up going home thirsty. We want to change this and make sure these kids get clean drinking water in school and for that, we need your help.
An 80 litre water filter costs about Rs.40,000 and will be enough to start with providing drinking water before other arrangements can be thought of for more filters. Whatever you donate will directly go to the school and will be used for providing drinking water. To put things in perspective, one meal for most of us on one outing ends up costing a minimum of Rs. 500 and a party weekend would cost somewhere around Rs. 2000. If each of us donate one meal's funds or one weekend's expenditure, these 600 kids and more to come every year can drink clean water every day at school. That's all it takes.
If you would like to visit the school and see for yourself the smiles I'm talking about or for anything else, please do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for caring and making a difference.