Thank you for your generous support and contributions to the Alice project in Boddishatta, India. This project, launched in 1994 by Italian teachers Valentino Giacomin and Luigina De Biasi, aims to provide school to 125 disadvantaged children with poor educational prospects in a community plagued by poverty, illiteracy, and a lack of infrastructure. The addition of a girls’ boarding school in 2010 provides 20 girls from remote villages with education, food, lodging, and health care.
In 2013, the donations Friends of Humanity has received has faciliated the branch school in Bodhisatta to welcome 20 girls, ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers, covering grades 1 through 6. At a monthly cost of 508 CHF, the school provided not only education, but shelter, three daily meals, clothing, laundry, toiletries, school supplies and medicine.
The education of girls is one of the main purposes of the Alice Project, particularly in a traditionally male dominated society. Most girls come from very poor families, some are orphans. The school provides these girls from otherwise illiterate families not only with an opportunity for education, but a safe and nurturing environment in which to thrive. It empowers them with a foundation for a better future for themselves, as well as the opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Your kind donations will help the girls to have a better and brighter future.
Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support!
Friends of Humanity
Friends of Humanity received some news from its local partner Alice Project in India!
According to them, "most of the students who are recruited are in extremely poor conditions. Many of them are orphans that do not have either mother or father. Their family conditions are very poor. Farming is the only source of their income. The students are very interested in staying at the school hostel. No one wants to leave it. But, of course some of them are turned away, because when they finish the primary level, for the further studies they are compelled to go to other schools which are very rare in our area. After completion of the course in this branch project, students are given options for higher studies which are faciliated in the main project in Sarnath- Uttar Pradesh and in Bodghaya, Bihar."
What about the families ?
The organization has a familiar relationship with the families of the students. They often come to the school and are always ready to give their cruicial help and support to us. They are very interested in the project and the education which we are giving to their children.
They are trying to run afternoon classes for the parents, which can be a very good way to involve them and all the villagers with their children's education.
There are several activities which we are organizing with the hostel residents such as: games and sports, karma yoga, prayers and spiritual teachings, picnics and tours.
What do the students think about the hostel ?
They love and like the hostel very much. They are very happy to live in it. Students see it as their second home. They feel that the teachers and staff members are like their own parents who are always ready to help and support them with their every step. A 12 year old boy says "the hostel is a very homely and a comfortable place for me" while another student comments, "it is a kind of boon - an oasis for me."
When asked what students would be doing if the hostel did not exist, a 10 year old girl responded, "I would never get such a golden chance to be here and learn all these things which our teachers are teaching at the school." Another student answered "My precious time would be spent in playing, working in the fields and with animals. Or I would just spend my time wandering in the village with my village friends." " I am very lucky that I am here."
Future of the Hostel?
We hope the hostel develops every year, so that we can make it beneficial for as many students possible. The future of the hostel is bright. Of course for completion of our dream we will need the kind help of all our supporters as we are receiving till now.
Thank you for your donations and continous support!
Friends Of Humanity Team.
1. The project
Many children in that area don't have access to education as the nearest school is much too far from where they live.Alice school would like to welcome 125 children. In 2011, FOH has started to support this school for 20 months, a sewing course has been launched for girls and access to drinkable water is put in place. In addition, in 2012, we will support the running cost of the girls hostels of this school that welcome 20 young girls. The children that receive this education will have access to the higher education system and help their family and the whole community to access a better level of life.
2. The objective to keep in mind
Alice Project is a research project for the education of children and teachers. It is based on the integration of our inner and outer worlds. The project aims at enabling the transcendence of borders we artificially create and the awakening and nurturing of the understanding of self. Alice Project is based on the concept of unity of the Body, the Mind and the External world.
Children are encouraged to know and understand their own traditions and through these traditions the universal truths are conveyed. They are invited to coherently integrate the values of their traditional culture into practical action in their daily life, sharing their wisdom with people of their villages. In this way, Alice wants to induce two changes: in the internal environment (individual psyche) and external environment (society, Mother Earth).
Don't forget that:
CHF25 = Hostel for 1 month for a girlCHF50 = Education for 8 months for a child CH150 = Education for 2 years for a child CHF300 = Boarding school for 1 year for a girl
Thank you for your support.
Friends of Humanity Team.
We would like to inform you that an” Anganwadi Centre” is granted by Government. in Bodhisatta, so the guardians and village headman have requested us to closedown LKG & UKG classes to increase enrolment and to keep established of the said centre. So , we are bound to put our LKG & UKG students in class I(one) in two sections.
As per your directives, we have started the “Girls Project” with 15 girls, age groups 6-12 years from far and near. The guardians are much comforted and get rid of their worries, very-very thankful to your compassionate efforts. Moreover, some more girls are also willing to stay in hostel. This branch school needs highly to be Registered in Arunachal Pradesh neither it could be politicalised by the local leaders and self-styled jealous leaders of our community.
In a seven classes school (from Nursery to calls 5th) everyday 120 children from the local community receive education, care and a ray hope for their future. Otherwise the closest school available to them would be at 4 hours driving distance through inaccessible jungle paths. Moreover the school gives the opportunity to 7 well trained local teachers to work for the benefit of their community’s children.
A new bathroom and a kitchen for the 11 residential students living there have been almost completed. Recently a new pickup truck and a generator have been purchased. The vehicle will help a lot for transportation of working material and people through the jungle paths. It will also be very useful in the agricultural projects. The generator will help to carry on all the activities of the community with the many power cuts and the shortage of electricity. New concrete underground water tank has been built and irrigation pipes have been purchased for improving the agriculture projects.
The young women of the village will have soon the opportunity to develop vocational skills in tailoring with the new sewing machines in a dedicated classroom under the guidance of an expert teacher. We are also trying to improve our small dispensary with new medicinal and first aid material.
Reading this report, you can see that a lot have been done thanks to your support !
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