By Beatrice Vanaja F | Chief Administrative Officer
It's the 24th Anniversary of our beloved organisation New Life on 24th June, 2016. Thank you all for supporting us all these years.
To celebrate the day, 16 ex- child labourer children were given education support to continue their higher education to the tune of $2300 and 35 women were trained in Napkin Making. 61 women who completed the various skill trainings were given completion certificate. The function was presided over by Mrs. Berlin, the Project Director of "CHEERS", Trichy District Administration. The Shakthi Rotary Club, Trichy sponsored the Napkin Making Training. Mrs. Veeralakshmi, the Secretary of Shakthi Rotary Club gave felicitations. The President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the organisation participated in the function.
To support the ex child labourer children, you gave us an amount of $391 during this quarter and $2010 by the end of March 2016. Out of this $554 is set aside for the rent (partial). The balance amount is given to 15 children who were ex child labourers and are studying in 9th standard to Undergraduation first year. We can see the happiness and relief of the parents who accompanied their children to receive the support.
Mrs. Santhi (name changed) says, " My husband died when my last daughter was a small child. I am a fortune teller. I have 5 daughters and 2 sons. With the little income I earned, it was difficult for me to look after the family and send my daughter to school. So I was forced to stop her from going to school and she started to work as a servant maid. On seeing her working as a maid the special school teacher approached me and asked to admit my daughter in the special school for child labourers. I said yes and she started going to school. After three years she was admitted to regular school. She scored 348 marks out of 500 in gthe public exam in 10th standard. I found it difficult to support her higher education and approached the New Life staff. She recommended my child for the education support given by the New Life office. Thank God, she was chosen for support (sigh). With this fund support, I am confident that she can study. Now she is in the 11th standard. Thank you for helping my child and other children who received donations in the function." Her eyes were filled with tears of gratitude.
Thank you dear donors for making it happen again. Now these children will be supported to continue their education in the coming years too with your continued support.
Thank you! The children received your donations in March 2016.
By F Beatrice Vanaja | Chief Administrative Officer
Nivea with her mother.
You have a great news to hear in this report.
$703.27 set aside last quarter for supporting the children (once child labourers) is spent during this quarter, A grand function was organised on March 12th. 6 children were supported with the available funds. Out of this Nathan and Geetha (names changed) were supported consecutively for two years. Nathan is in the second year of undergraduation. Geetha is in her 12th standard. The other 4 are from Kaja Pettai, Musiri and Arangoor. The boy from Kaja Pettai is doing his 9th dsdjstandard. The girl Nivea from Musiri is in her 11th standard. The boys from Arangoor are in their higher studies.These children from Arangoor are the children of the special community called Kudu kudupai kaarar, the Tamil Soothsayers. It was a great proud filled moment to see our children competing in all their oddities with the creamy layer.
Nivea’s(name changed) father passed away 3 years back when she was 12 years old. They live in extreme poverty. Her mother works in a cotton mill and earns Rs 125 daily. She has got are elder brother Praveen doing his BE. Their uncle supports them financially for their education. When Nivea was 7 years old she was rearing goat. When the New Life team found her working, they took efforts to join her in our special school. She studied till 4th standard in our Special School for Child Labour in Manamedu. She was admitted in the 5th standard in the nearby regular school.
She is intelligent.She was promoted to the higher standards with good scores. In the tenth standard state level exams she scored 80%. At present she is studying in 11th standard. This girl is one among the children selected for education support in this quarter. Nivea says this money will help her pay her tution fees in the school and to buy notebooks.
Nivea's teacher Mr. Srithar says, "Nivea is a very bright student. When she studied in the special school she will be the first to answer all my questions. She is much confident and brave. When I asked her what is her goal in life, her eyes glittered with passion. She said I want to become a lawyer. I wish that this girl should shine in her life like her glittering eyes."
Many thanks for your constant support to the deserving children like Nivea. Kindly spread words about our project to your friends and relatives. This will help us reach more children like Nivea.
By F Beatrice Vanaja | Chief Administrative Officer
Wishing you all a Joyful Season's Greetings dear Donors,
Let us hear what Hasini (name changed) says about her son: " Arun (name changed) is my third son. My elder sons are married and they are living separately. My husband Anand (name changed) works as a load man in a saw mill. I do beedi rolling. Our income is sufficient to take care of the three of us if my husband had given what he earns to the family.But he gives only a meagre portion of his wages for family expenses since he has other vice. So I sent Arun for selling cooldrink in the roads. We got some money from it and hence I preferred Arun selling the cooldrink than studying. But Arun always wanted to study."
Arun interrupted then and said, "One day when I was selling the cooldrink the special school teacher saw me and asked why am I not studying. I told about my family. She asked me to take her to my Amma (mom). She talked with amma and forced her to send me to school. Amma did not accept easily. But the teacher did not give up and now I am in school. I joined the special school in 2012. After two years, I was admitted to the regular school. Now I am studying 7th standard. Thanks to the teacher and those who support this project." Thank you dear donors for making this happen.
To emphasise the importance of education to parents like Hasini, an awareness programme was conducted in KajaPet, Trichirappalli. The programme was conducted in the Corporation School. The meeting addressed the children and their parents. A special plea was placed before the regular school teachers to take action when they see a child labour. The Project Officer of Child Labour Elimination Project, The District Labour Welfare Officer, the School Principal and our Secretary of New Life addressed the crowd. It was emphasised that "Education is a wealth that cannot be lost or stolen".
During this quarter we received donations of $ 761.84. Out of this $58.57 is spent on the part rent paid for the centers. $703.27 is set aside for this purpose. With this money we can support 4-5 children. It is proposed to disburse the education support to the children in the next quarter. And the list of children who are eligible is being prepared. Since April 2015, three children were already supported. Last year 19 children got the education support with your generous donations.
Thank you dear donors for helping the children continue their studies and giving hope to them for a bright future. Without you this project can't be a success. Kindly keep supporting the project by spreading words to your friends and relatives who are likeminded. We aim to give education support 12 more children and require $1241 ($2004 for 12 children - $763 received in December 2015) for reaching that goal. We are sure we can help 12 children with your support.
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