This project provides elementary education for children from villages near Bodhgaya, India. The villagers are very poor, work as farm labourers and are mostly illiterate. The students of Elsa Primary School are the first generation from their villages to receive any education. By supporting their education, you will be helping not only them, but over time, change the culture of the village so that education becomes the norm, rather than the exception.
In Bodhgaya, the small villages of Jamna Biya, Bagha & Karmoni have no tradition of education. The residents are mostly illiterate, do not own land to cultivate and their main means of livelihood is working as poorly paid farm labourers. Given these conditions, it is hard for them to advance from their current state of poverty.
Education offers a way forward. In 2015, the villagers of Jamna Biya expressed an interest in their children attending school. Thus, Elsa Primary School was relocated to the vicinity of the village and began operating with one teacher and thirty students. In 2017, a second teacher was employed and student numbers increased to forty, split into two classes. This gave the opportunity for children from the villages of Bagha and Karmoni to attend the school.
The students are very happy attending school, especially the older girls who are in their early teens. They are making the most of the chance to study before they inevitably have to enter arranged marriages in the next few years. As well as providing more opportunities in life for these students, this project will create an ongoing inter-generational culture of education for these villagers.