Will an Indian child get home, food & schooling?

 
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Friends hope you are going to have fun in Memorial Day weekend. We have something great to share. 

    Recently Sanju won the best singer award at annual function in school ! That’s amazing isn’t it, this school consists of students from local people not only SANTI children? I look back a little. When she was seven year old she lost her dad. As a laborer, her mother was unable to keep up with Sanju and her brother’s need. We realized this when doing survey for children who need support. We provided helping hand and brought her to SANTI home. Then she never looked back. Currently she is in 4th grade, studying pretty well and also Monitor of the class. When I asked her what she wants to be in future, she replied “I want to be a singer”. What a dream! I exclaimed. But I believe, together we can fulfill her dream. 

   There is a need to provide individual bed for each child along with tables to study comfortably. We have been trying since past but unable to have sufficient funding to support. We need about $ 1600 to make it happen, hope you can come forward to donate through Globalgiving. 

Thanks

Ashok Dandpat

Dear Friends SANTI children are grateful to your support and wish you to fulfill all your wishes in 2015.

In last report, I mentioned my in person experience with SANTI children. I and my wife were deeply involved in SANTI children activities. Many ideas were implemented since then and started to show better results.

My long term goal is to build an overall SANTI student body with varied interest and skills not only study but also in sports.  On 26th January Republic day of India a local industry named Orissa Cement Limited organized a municipality school level athletic competition. Many schools participated in this event and SANTI children were also participated with strong interest.

We are proud of Poonam and Albina who won 1st and 2nd position in 100 meter run competition. We are proud of their win as mentioned below.

  1. Jasita  - 2nd – Skipping
  2. Poonam  -1st - 100 meter run
  3. Albina  - 2nd - 100 meter run
  4. Mandeep  - 2nd - frog jump(Boy)
  5. Susanti - 1st – Puchi
  6. Ashish  - 2nd - 100 run (Boy)
  7. Rajkumar - 3rd - 100 meter run (Boy)

Mr. Sarat Pati is leading our effort in India for SANTI children. He is a strong supporter and follower of sports activities and without his personal interest this kind of achievement is not possible.

These children are in primary school and I wish they will continue this success and winning attitude in future. Please keep continue your support as we have a long way to go.

Thanks again and also please support building roof project by SANTI. 

Hello Friends, hope you are having fun and if you are in states then preparing for the Thanksgiving weekend.

With so much excitement, I spent time with our SANTI children last month and I cannot express the ecstatic feeling I had during my stay there. It is a real touchy feel to meet these children who were originally belonged to poorest section of the society.

When I compare 2011 versus 2014 I must admit children are growing and have learnt more about communication, good behavior, education and overall view towards life. Last month, when I entered to meet these children, they all stood and greeted me saying “Good evening Sir”. I was quite impressed by their warm welcome. I can see they were more organized and can communicate to me in the local language “Odiya”.

I discussed with children and asked “do you want to go back to the place where you came from? “. The answer was unanimously “No”. Which itself is an answer to most of our questions who are working and supporting SANTI from outside India.

I and my wife also discussed with two of SANTI wardens, Mr Pati and his wife. This is definitely a dream comes true to see where we are now. Back in 2011 we thought to provide full support to 10 children and with all your support we can see the happiness in 23 children eyes.

We also found issues and we will be focusing in future such as better living, finding better teachers & better grades for children etc etc..

Thanks for your continued support and we are looking for your whole hearted support so that we can make them better human being.

Thanks

Ashok Dandpat

Hello Friends

Great thanks for your continual support in helping these children to achieve something in a new world.

Our SANTI children participated in school sports activity on Independence Day. 4 children performed outstanding in athletics. Poonam stood 1st in 100m run, Jasita placed 3rd  in 100 m run, Sanju won 2nd place in 200 m run and Mandeep placed 3rd in sack race. Definitely a fun time for these children and we all are proud for them. Without your help these children wouldn’t have won these positions.

Mr. Pati prepared these SANTI children for athletics tournament during summer vacation and we can see some good results. Also during summer time a private tutor spent 10 days teaching self-defense to the children. We are thinking about doing it more during winter time. Summer vacation was a great time for these children to actively participate in various athletic activities. Also we taught them to sing few prayers.

All children are excited as they are attending the next grade in school. After all the hard work they did in last couple of months when preparing for the exam. Children have received new school supplies, text books, note books, pens and bags etc. They are happy and cheerful to attend new classes.

We bought new school uniform for our children and you can see their happiness.  

We conducted regular health checkup for children by local physician to make sure we understand the wellbeing of our children. In July very high temperature caused health issues among children. Few children got itching problems. We consulted with doctors and provided medications for them to recover well.

We also focused on evening private coaching for these children. Private tutoring classes were very beneficial to these children as we have noticed in past. We hope to continue the same attention to the children.

Again to remind if you haven’t contributed recently to the monthly expenses please do so. Children definitely need your support.

Cheers

Ashok Dandpat

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

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Ashok Dandpat

Rajgangpur, Odisha India

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