Since our last progress report in April 2016, we have made further progress. Plastering, plumbing and electrical work have been completed. Flooring, external electrical and tiles work will be completed by end of August. The project is now expected to be complete by end of September and the official inauguration of the building will follow. The latest photos of the progress are attached.
As the project is almost coming to a successful close we have nothing but deep gratitude for your support. The following extract from preface to the book "Idea of Justice" by the nobel laureate Dr. Amartya Sen seem appropriate.
---‘In the little world in which children have their existence’, says Pip in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations, ‘there is nothing so finely perceived and finely felt, as injustice. I expect Pip is right; he vividly recollects after his humiliating encounter with Estella the ‘capricious and violent coercion’ he suffered as a child at the hands of his own sister. But the strong perception of manifest injustice applies to adult human beings as well. What moves us, reasonably enough is not the realization that the world falls short of being completely just-which few of us expect-but there are clearly remediable injustices around us which we want to eliminate.---
The construction of the super structure (columns and walls) till the parapet and the roof has been completed. Construction of the peripheral wall with clay blocks will start right after the plastering of the superstructure has been fully completed. The entire hostel building is now expected to be up and running before August 2016. Photos of the progression of the project right from ground breaking and up to now are attached. We are still short of funds by around $ 11,000 and your generosity will help at first to rehabilitate 40 girls and women and will continue in perpetuity. Our matching donor has agreed to donate additional $25,000 to fulfill his commitment to the project.
As reported in our last progress report in November 2015 construction was stopped for about 8 weeks due to heavy rains. Now the construction is in full speed. As per original plan the building is expected to be completed by June/July 2016. The number of residents at the hostel who will be empowered has been increased to 40 from 20 as Dharithree is planning to provide bunker style sleepers instead of single cots. They are confident that this will not in anyway affect either the comfort of the residents or the quality of training.
We have to share with you another good news. A large multinational US corporation with operations in India recently visited the campus and was impressed with the quality of care. They have agreed to partner with Dharithree under the Corporate Social Responsibility promoted by the Govt. of India. This partnership will not only help in fund-raising efforts by Dharithree but also in harnessing the power of technology for the benefit of special children.
Just to recap, the total cost of the hostel building is around $85,000. A donor had agreed to donate $50,000 provided we raise the balance of $35,000. Therefore, we set a goal to raise $35,000 through Global Giving (GG). We have so far raised $24,400. (The donor has already donated $25,000 as a part of the deal to match the amount raised by us.) Therefore, we need to raise the balance of $10,600 and we request you to please consider making additional donation to bring this campaign to a successful conclusion. Once we raise the balance amount the donor will donate additional $25,000. We thank you sincerely for saving that special place in your heart for our children. Below are few photos of the progress made so far.
Due to heavy rains construction was stopped for about 8 weeks. However, the construction has resumed now and is making good progress.
We also like to share good news with you. It costs around $700 per year to train and rehabilitate a special child at our school in Narasipura Village. Government of Karnataka after extensive due diligence has agreed to fund the annual expenses for 43 children. We expect that this level of financial support will continue in the years to come. We consider this as very good development as we can now focus our attention to more important issues related to empowering our children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy.
Our fund raising goal through Global Giving for the hostel was to raise $35,000. So far the amount raised is around $24,000 an increase of only around $500 since our last report. Therefore, we request you to please consider making additional donation to bring this campaign to a successful conclusion. We thank you sincerely for saving that special place in your heart for our children. Below are few photos of the progress made so far and also a link to a short video about Dharithree.
Since our first update in May, Dharithree has made considerable progress in the construction of the hostel building.
To recap, Dharithree runs four schools empowering around 200 mentally and physically challenged children in and around Bangalore, India. The flagship campus of around 6 acres in Narasipur village is a comprehensive facility to educate and train them. The planned ‘girls hostel’ is in addition to other units such as fully equipped physio, dance & music therapy and audiometric units there. When completed, twenty ‘differently able’ girls at a time will be residing in the hostel to get educated, trained and empowered to enter the work force. Additionally, special children of schools in surrounding areas will also be offered free use of physiotherapy and other units.
Construction of the hostel building is continuing as per plan. Photos of the progress made so far are attached. We will continue to provide quarterly periodic updates. In terms of fund-raising, our goal is to raise $35,000 through Global Giving and we are now at around $23,500. Therefore, please consider additional support. Your employer may also match your generosity. Thank you.
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