SNS Foundation takes pleasure in sharing with you, the first report for its project, 'Hygiene and Skills for 1000 Girls in Chennai, India'. As stated, the project site is Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School, Azghesan Nagar, Chengalpattu Taluk, Chennai, India. The school has classes from VI to XII with about 1000 students studying across these 7 grades.
We had posted this project on the GlobalGiving site about 3 months back on March 10th. The months of March, April and May do not allow scope for in-school interventions by NGO bodies for the following reasons- (i) With April being the month when year-end examinations are held, March calls for focussed preparations both by teachers and students. (ii) With exams over in April, May is the month when schools are closed for summer vacations. This year, they were scheduled to re-open on Monday, June3rd but owing to high heat conditions, have been postponed to be re-opened on Monday, June 10th.
SNS Foundation's Executive Director, Indira Varadarajan (available on 00919810743570) was in Chennai prior to opening of the new academic session and has been successful to rope in following partners in order to strengthen proposed interventions at Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School, Azghesan Nagar, Chengalpattu Taluk, Chennai, India.
1) Ms. Shanthi - Chief Education Officer, Kanchipuram District (Chengalpattu taluk in part of this district)
2) Mr. Gopinath - Asst. Professor (Mathematics), Meena Muthaiya College. He would be conducting Maths workshops in the school for any two days between June 10th to June 19th.
3) Local Rotarians - Mr. Jayaraman (Retd. Professor, MIT) and Mr. Muralikrishnan for engaging the support of the local Rotary clubs.
4) National Book Trust, India
In July 27th to 30th, students from the school will be taken to visit the 'Science Express Train' - a 16 coach AC train which will be stationed at the Chennai Central station (www.scienceexpress.in/) for the 4 days mentioned. The coaches of the train are designed based on the theme - Biodiversity in India, with each coach sharing information and photographs of the flora and fauna found in specific geographical zones of India. The train is a collaborative effort of the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad, India.
While closing this report, we take the opportunity to introduce the project coordinator for this initiative, Mrs. Sumithra Sarathi.
With schools re-opening soon, we promise to share with you a more activity rich report the next time round.
Many thanks for your generous donations.