SANTI (Social Association for Nourishment, Training & Improvement )

SANTI is a result oriented charity organization based in rural setting of Ranibandh, Rajgangpur, Odisha, India. SANTI was established in 1995 and is very active in local area. Children education is the flagship program for the organization including vocational training for women, small business training for women, eliminating child labor, training for sanitation etc. Provide education to needy and poor children. Provide support to Women to generate their own income.
May 12, 2014

Jasita - a success story

Dear Friends,

I hope you are doing well and thank you for your hearty support. Overall SANTI children are doing great and here are last three months activities:

  • Jasita’s A grade in school: - I remember when Jasita’s mom asked us to help Jasita enroll in our hostel. Jasita’s dad was no more and her mom was having difficulty to provide home, food or education for Jasita. We realized Jasita’s helpless situation and we enroll her as one of our first student to SANTI. Now, I cannot explain the happiness when I came to know she scored A grade, the best grade in standard 4, a class of more than 100 students. This is definitely a time to pause and celebrate the success. Without your help it was a dream only. Jasita thanks you for your help.
  • Annual exam over – All children successfully appeared the final exam and we are evaluating the result and will publish you more progress reports by next reporting time.
  • Personal Tutor: - We are continuing the study during summer break and setting higher goal for this year.

Issues in front of us:

  • SANTI Child care Center Rental: - As you know we rent the house for our 25 children to stay and study. The Owner of the rental house increased the rental twice for this year. It was a surprise to us as this will strain our budget. We are looking to mitigate this issue.
  • Again to repeat, we definitely need more recurring donors to support a child on a monthly donation amount of $ 28. Please step in to create some more Jasita.
  • We are approached by 10 more children who have lost their mom or dad and belong to poor and homeless folks. It’s heart touching when you listen to each of their stories.
  • Stay tuned for our new initiative for this year....

Thanks again to help Jasita and 24 others.

Ashok Dandpat

Chairman, SANTI

Mar 27, 2014

Children studying for final exam

Dear friend,

Hope you are doing well. Our children in SANTI Child Labor Elimination School are also doing great and thanking you for your continued support.

The feeling of earning: Children and teen students are all excited about the new experience of sewing and jewelry making. They are interested to learn faster and better as it will help them to earn money. Few of them have started to show great interest to learn specialized sewing and alteration work.  They are becoming motivated and emotionally strong to meet the sewing need for local resident.  

Formal education: children are also going through formal education and preparing for the upcoming final exam. These courses are specially designed for students who study and work simultaneously. These courses are prepared by school teachers in such a way that one can move between formal school and SANTI child labor elimination school. Hence performing well in the SANTI school is equally important. They struggled last few months to achieve the balance between study and training.

Sewing training: Children have started to make various Indian attire such as blouse, salwar and Kurti. These dresses are currently being used by students of SANTI. Further this will be available to public to purchase.  Proceed will be distributed among the children.

Jewelry design: Jewelry is popular in local community. Few teen students are interested in jewelry design. They have made few designs that attracted attention from people.

Work to do: 

1.  We are still facing challenges to rent a shop in market or visible area because of the high initial deposit and heavy rent. The initial security deposit will be about 1000 - 1200 USD and monthly rental will be about 60- 70 USD. So please step in and support more so that we can open the shop to sell products made by these children.

2. The final exam is on April 1st hence the focus is to do well in the exam.  

3. We are looking to buy few sewing machines and one embroidery machine so that the children will be able to produce nice design on dresses.

If you please donate on April 16th Microsoft will match 50% to your donation. As our project is featured as Microsoft youth spark project in globalgiving. This is a big deal for us as your donation will be resulted into 1.5 times the original amount. But if you don’t donate we don’t get any money from Microsoft. Please make a note of the 16th April and donate on 16th April and help us to run the training school for the second year.

Thanks for your interest.

Ashok Dandpat

Feb 11, 2014

Progress and Year End Reporting

Dear Friends,

Hope you are doing well and thank you very much for your donations and continued support to our children. We are excited to inform you the progress of our 25 children in our SANTI Child Care Center.

Last three months activities:

  •          Deepavali – Festival of light is a big festival for family gathering and fire crackers. In SANTI, children felt like home by celebrating Deepavali. Please see pictures of food and crackers.
  •          We wanted create awareness of children education with a focus to eliminate child labor in our local area. On November 14th Children Day, SANTI initiated a rally with 150 children in the local area. Please see the pictures the results were very positive from the residents.
  •          Winter was challenging as the children needed warm clothes. Thanks to an anonymous donor who donated to buy warm clothes and comforter for these children. Please see photos of children with sweaters.
  •          The Goddess Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and nature. SANTI celebrated Saraswati Puja (Prayer) on the auspicious Sarasawti Puja Day. Please see pictures.
  •          We also conducted regular medical checkup by a Doctor Visit to ensure children are doing well.

Expense Report:

  •          We are publishing our 2013 year-end expenses with this report. Hope you find this useful to evaluate our activities. This will be helpful to know how we spent our money.
  •          Our expenses increased because we increased our support from 10 to 25 children.

Issues in front of us:

  •          Unfortunately, we have almost exhausted the money raised in 2013. We have only about 45 USD left in 2013 year-end account.
  •          We need more recurring donors to support a child on a month to month basis. Please come forward to adopt a child and support for his/her continued growth.

 Thanks again for your help and please continue to support.

Ashok Dandpat

Chairman, SANTI


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