Sep 15, 2015

Progress in Emancipation of the Girl Child-Sept 15

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Dear friends,

Greetings from Sphoorti Foundation !!

We are proud to share with you that FOUR of our children secured admission in BHAVAN's DEGREE COLLEGE, Sainipuri, Hyderabad. This is a huge achievement for all our children as the College is among the best for Undergraduate Studies. This was possible because of the generosity of people like you. A BIG THANK YOU !!

Continuing with our efforts to help girl children in distress go to school, we have been able to get substantial support from our well-wishers. In the recent times, we have come across some girl children who are from highly vulnerable backgrounds - mostly from the interior tribal areas and have little exposure to either the standard rural or th urban atmosphere in India. These girl children were also the first generation school goers from their communities. In fact, these children are the ones who have got an opportunity to interact with children from normal backgrounds.

After a careful assessment of their conditions, we decided to support a few girls. In association with a local organization, we have secured a place to stay and a school to attend. The school is a regular English Medium school.

To help you understand what kind of constituency we are working with, we will present a case study here.

Two sisters Usha (STD VII) and Sandhya (STD V) had (still ahve) great dreams. Usha wants to be a Cardiologist and Sadhya Rani wants to be a Scientist.

They belong to a tribal family in a tribal hamlet near Mondrai, Warangal District. As is the standard practice, her father used to earn through preparing Illicit Country Liquor which is very harmful to health. His wife used to work as a coolie of farms. He got used to drinking Gudumba and for years, he subjected his wife and daughters to domestic violence. Because of incessant drinking, all his internal organs got damaged. He had to sell his 2 acres of land and spend all his savings on the treatment. In spite of their efforts, the family members could not save him and he died after 22 days in Coma.

Soon after the father's death, local loan sharks approached the family and tried to take away the girls for bonded labor. The local community leaders and Police officials approached us for help. We placed the children in a local residential school and sponsoring their living and education expenses.


A small effort on your part makes a huge impact on the lives of children like Usha and Sandhya . Education brings a permanent change in lives of such children. They can grow into healthy and responsible women and mothers. This will have a long term effect on their communities.

Please extend a helping hand to the most deserved. Together, we understand that an investment in the lives of children is a wise investment in our collective future.

 

Best Regards,

Team Sphoorti

info@sphoorti.org

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Jun 25, 2015

Project Progress report - June 2015

The pride of Sphoorti - The Library
The pride of Sphoorti - The Library

Dear friends,

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.

Please sponsor education of Anu Kumari
Please sponsor education of Anu Kumari

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Apr 1, 2015

Report 1.0

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.

Best Regards

Srivyal Vuyyuri,            

Sphoorti Foundation                        

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