Hello to all our supporters from Bihar India!!
The above quotation , our project report title, is only a part quotation . The full quote is.... live as if you will die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. Who said it? Mahatma Ghandi.
I was very interested to read an article from Peter Buffet, (yes that's Warren's son) on the whole nature of giving. You may be aware of it: I think it was published in the New York Times, it sparked controversy and much discussion . When your last name is Buffett, two things are guaranteed: You're going to get attention, and you're going to have your share of both passionate supporters and virulent critics.Peter Buffett proved the rule with his recent op-ed in The New York Times headlined" The Charitable-Industrial Complex.
"It is not our intention to analyze the nature of giving in a project progress report except to say this. Peter Buffet's education was provided and paid for, and what better start in life can you give any person but a good education? It is naive to expect that charitable giving alone will change the world by itself, there are many other factors political, economic and cultural to name but three which all play a part in improving quality of lives, particularly in areas of the world where a good education is not available to the majority of the poor. But it is amazing how much good, real actual good that can be achieved through thoughtful giving that actually reaches the poor, and is unencumbered by huge salaries or luxury offices or costly infrastructures. One of the great things about Global Giving is that it offers a real choice to actually reach out and really make a difference in targeted giving that does have a positive outcome.
Like so many organizations on Global Giving we are not supported by the likes of Gates of Buffet or any other large scale donor. We do an enormous amount of work with very limited resources. It's because we are small and local that we are effective. Mr Buffet, you need to rethink your giving strategy.
But enough! Let's talk about our work. As you know this appeal supports the TOP ( The Opportunities Programme) which sponsors the education of street children, academically gifted students from our village education programme, girls in the local community from below the poverty line, and exceptionally gifted students through university degrees and or professional qualifications . But how many students does the programme reach?I will tell you. From our records since 2007 (when we first were able to keep detailed records) over 600 girls have received community based private day school education, 15 children from our Rescue Junction centre have received vocational training, 50 students have received a full time residential education in a private hostel of their choice funded by the programme, 12 students have completed a college education, and 500 children have received computer vocational training. In the general scheme of the world, these numbers may not be so big, we are of course limited by the funds we have. But for the children and young people involved you have helped change their whole world, and through their education the future outlook of whole families, affecting many more than the headline figures.
Please help us reach out to more students.
This appeal is simple and direct, it changes lives through educational opportunity given to those who would not otherwise have any access to the better future that an education will give them.
And in the next report you will hear from one of them!