Tehri Garwhal is situated in Northern India, high up in the Himalayas. It is an extremely remote area, with poor infrastructure. School opportunities are limited. The local families are very poor which usually means that children do not receive an education. The closest government school is so far away, the youngest children cannot travel the distance by themselves. Our partners have established a school for a growing number of children who would otherwise not receive an education. The school started in 2014 with 4 students and currently has more than 60 students from pre-nursery to fifth class. Starting school at the right age and progressing through the years can potentially break the cycle of poverty for so many families.
Why support this:
Our implementing partner has worked with the community to identify what they see as their most pressing needs – education, better health and economic empowerment. The community requested the school and over the past 7 years they have been dedicated in making sure their children attend. The quality of the education is high, and the children are making great progress in catching up to age-appropriate standards after years of neglect. We love that the community itself now has a bigger vision than just educating their children and that they want to improve the healthcare and economic prospects for everyone.
Budget: $14,200 for year 1.
The cost of the project works out to be approximately $20 a month per student.
Many people in the area surrounding the school are illiterate farmers doing their best to make ends meet. With small incomes, they cannot afford to send their children to distant schools. Often, they also need their children to work on the farm. A local school enables children to get an education and still help at home. By providing the children with an education, our partner is giving them a chance to break out of the poverty cycle.
Expected Life Change:
Children are empowered through primary education, able to communicate in English and improve future opportunities.
Equal access to education for girls and boys leads to better job options for all and a more equal society.
A community more actively engaged in educating children and aware of its importance in alleviating poverty.