By Srivyal Vuyyuri - Director, Sphoorti Foundation
The pride of Sphoorti - The Library
We thank each of you for making the Sphoorti project possible and our efforts worthwhile. Your support has given us the confidence and motivation to reach out to more girls in need and distress.
The new academic year has just begun and children have started attending schools again. The last two and a half months have been very eventful at Sphoorti. All our children appeared for examinations. We are delighted to share with you that 10 out of 12 who appeared for STD X Board exams passed in all subjects. Two children were not able to clear one subject each.
The highest GPA was 9.0 followed by 8.5 and 8. Eight children scored over 7.0. These children are preparing to enter Junior College (equivalent of +2).
We have begun to collate details of all the 200 beneficiary children of this project. All of them have started attending school.
Here is a case study of one of the girl children. Her story will give an indication about the true situation in a lot of families which are below poverty line.
Anu Kumari was born to very poor parents from a village in Bihar. Her family shifted to Cherlapally in search of work and finally settled as daily wage laborers in a manufacturing firm. Anu is a first generation school goer from her family. Her parents and relativesare illiterate and
Anu started going to a local government school when she was 5 years old. After two years, her parents gave birth to a boy child. Anu stopped going to school as she was required to take care of her younger sibling while her parents went to work. Despite requests from the government school and other community members, Anu's parents did not relent.
This year, one of the local community members approached Sphoorti to help the child go to school.
We request you to support education of children like Anu Kumari. WIth a donation of USD 140 per annum, you can help us send girls like her to school.
In early, 2015, Mr Nagaraju and his younger daughter Marie walked into Sphoorti office with a serious issue.
Nagaraju was working as a driver and lost his job due to illness. Marie was studying in STD IV then. Nagaraju was not in a position to pay the rest of the fee to the school and decided to stop sending his daughter to school.
We took Marie to the school where she was studying and paid the rest of her school fee. The school Principal told us that there were a lot of children in the neighborhood like Marie whose parents were not in a position to pay school fee. Most girl children were being discouraged from pursuing further studies because of the costs involved.
We have been getting a lot of requests from poor parents about providing support to children from Sphoorti. We decided to try our best to reach out to and sponsor education of at least 200 girl children to start with.
The average cost of schooling is $140. We request each of our friends to sponsor at least one child. We have identified more than 400 children to be supported through this initiative. We have started identifying the beneficiary children and tabulating information about their family situation.
You may make a donation through Global Giving website. We have received over $5500 so far. We will be utilizing this money towards part payment of school fees.
We thank each of our benefactors for helping Sphoorti a permanent spot on Global Giving. It is a matter of pride and good fortune for Sphoorti and all our children.