“Every donation brings us one step closer to ending up with early school drop outs”
Over the past few years you have invested in our children’s education by way of providing them their school fees and purchase their educational materials.
Children are preparing for their half yearly exams which are to be held in the 3rd week of December followed by their Christmas holidays. We hope and pray all of them will excel in their exams.
When we discuss dropouts, often we tend to work only with the “visible dropouts” from schools because it is easy to reach them. With our experience, SPPD considers the quality of education and finds when youth cannot attain quality education within the existing school system they will fail to continue and usually become unskilled labourers. We term them as “invisible dropouts” from education, not from school and such students should be prioritized in our selection.
Taking all these issues into consideration, SPPD targets students, who are less educated, poor, out of school and unskilled youth and provide them with vocational training / short term courses, help them gain practical work skills, increase their efficiency and enhance their employability.
We have legally registered our Organization under the Govt. Programme - Skill Development Initiative Scheme - Department of Employment and Training (DGET) and skill training in Paramedical have been started with 20 students enrolled to it so far. This will eventually help students in improving their potential productivity which will be an important tool for reducing poverty and in enhancing competitiveness and employability.
A special word of thanks to the donors of this quarter - Ms.Lynette Pittman, Therese Horsfield, Ms.Clare Bassett, Mr.Keshav Jowaheer and Mr.Mohasin Momin.
We have been overwhelmed by your support and we love this bond to continue in the years to come.
“Education is the key to open the doors of a better future for thousands of youth worldwide.”
One of our projects of which we are very proud, is the Educational Material support programme. High school students, who do not possess the financial means to pay for their school fees and purchase their educational materials, get a chance to continue their education.
We are pleased to mention that all the students under this support have moved on to Grade X and this year they will be taking their Board Examinations. We hope and pray all of them will excel in their exams.
An awareness programme on vocational skill training was imparted to the students and their parents. The programme focused on Skills development which is an essential element in improving the employability and potential productivity of the working poor and can be an important tool for reducing poverty and in enhancing competitiveness and employability.
A special word of thanks to Ms.Lynette Pittman, Ms.Patricia Garcia, Therese Horsfield, Mr.Scott Williams, Ms.Deepthi Mani and Mr.Prasanth Govindaraj (donors of this quarter) who have contributed generously towards this good cause.
We are glad to mention that all our students have moved on to the next grade and at present are pursuing Grade X. This year extra preparation and concentration will be taken by the students as they have to face their Board Examinations in March 2014.
Your support, love, and care to our children have brought them to this level. We'd like you to know that your thoughtfulness is truly making a difference in the lives of so many.
‘Nature call cannot be foretold or determined’ – unfortunately our SPPD family had faced a desperate situation. Yes. We are sorry to say that one of our student Master P.Elayakumar who was enrolled to this educational material support as well as our Evening Study Center student had passed away due to HIV – AIDS infection. In spite of continuous treatment, his health condition became too critical and on 5th March he breathed his last. We pray the love of God enfolds his family during this hour and helps them heal with the passage of time.
Your charitable donation has allowed us to purchase the much-needed supplies that will directly benefit our children in this program – Uniforms, Innerwear, Footwear, Note books , Stationeries like pens, pencils, erasers, scale, geometry box , toiletries like bathing and washing soap, coconut oil.
The donations are to be distributed to the students very soon. We will catch you up with our project’s updates in the next report.
We are pleased to share one of the beneficiary’s story benefited by the project
Name : P.Balasubramanian
Class : Std. X
Age : 13 years
Mother’s Name` : Mariyayee
Father’s Name : Perumal
Address : 4/24, Adi Dravidar Street, Sittilarai Post, Musiri Tk., Trichy District
School : Saraswathi Vidhya Sala Mania High School.
Balasubramaniyan is studying Grade X in Saraswathi Vidhya Sala Mania High School, Sittilarai. He belongs to a very poor family. His father is working in the plantain fields. He is a very innocent man but an alcoholic. Sometimes he has been robbed by his own friends.
His mother is working in a garment factory in Thirupur. They have two children to take care of. Due to the drinking habit, his father used to return at late hours in the night which often ended in frequent misunderstandings in the family and ended in striking his mother. Since his mother was working in Thirupur, she resides there to avoid this problem. Every weekend she visits her children. She is the only earning member of the family. Her income was insufficient to feed and educate the family.
They live in a hut house. There is no electricity in their house. She was unable to get her children the basic materials required for school. Three meals a day was uncertain for them. Though Balasubramanian is interested in studies he had no one to guide him with it. He never used to wear clean clothes. In this situation, he started going for coolie work in the farm during his free time.
Though she is uneducated she is very interested in educating her children.