Children
 India
Project #9026

Let's Support a School for 125 Children in India!

by Friends of Humanity
Vetted

Branch Project is functioning smoothly with the same spirit of Alice Project methodology. Some additional education are offered like, Chakma script, basic knowledge of computer, yoga, games and sport, massage, meditation, music, art and self-awareness.

Last year we have constructed the boundary fencing with iron wires and cemented polls. The school is partially safe now and it would be quite safe if the main gates are constructed strongly.

Our future needs:-

Continuation of girls project for higher studies at the main Project at Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), those who have passed class V,VII and VIII from the branch project. The girls those who were benefitted in the previous years are still in need of more support for their higher studies.

Construction- Improvement of the school building part by part with bricks and cement. (Existing school building walls are made of bamboo splits frames).More classrooms are needed to construct.

For self-stability:- It is extremely necessary to take step for long run or existence of the branch project school. As being agricultural area, a tractor could raise funds for the support of the school.(i.e. teacher salary). Here all the villagers are depend on farming and the demand s of the tractor is basically more.

Increment of the teacher’s salary:- It is also necessary and required for the increment of the teacher’s salary not more but little every consecutive year. The honorarium that the staffs are receiving is not enough to run the household in this remote area.

Installation of Internet accessing device;- The most important thing is to install a satellite internet accessing device in our branch project for better communication with you and others too. The installation of the device can be benefitted not only the school but the villagers too in different manners. We think it is the best idea if we could buy the device and install as soon as possible. 

With regards,

Sanda

Branch Project is functioning smoothly with the same spirit of Alice Project methodology. Some additional education are offered like, Chakma script, basic knowledge of computer, yoga, games and sport, massage, meditation, music, art and self-awareness.

Last year we have constructed the boundary fencing with iron wires and cemented polls. The school is partially safe now and it would be quite safe if the main gates are constructed strongly.

Our future needs:-

Continuation of girls project for higher studies at the main Project at Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), those who have passed class V,VII and VIII from the branch project. The girls those who were benefitted in the previous years are still in need of more support for their higher studies.

Construction- Improvement of the school building part by part with bricks and cement. (Existing school building walls are made of bamboo splits frames).More classrooms are needed to construct.

For self-stability:- It is extremely necessary to take step for long run or existence of the branch project school. As being agricultural area, a tractor could raise funds for the support of the school.(i.e. teacher salary). Here all the villagers are depend on farming and the demand s of the tractor is basically more.

Increment of the teacher’s salary:- It is also necessary and required for the increment of the teacher’s salary not more but little every consecutive year. The honorarium that the staffs are receiving is not enough to run the household in this remote area.

Installation of Internet accessing device;- The most important thing is to install a satellite internet accessing device in our branch project for better communication with you and others too. The installation of the device can be benefitted not only the school but the villagers too in different manners. We think it is the best idea if we could buy the device and install as soon as possible. Please let us know if anything needed more. With regards Bimal and

Hello dear donators,

At first we are very sorry! To admit that we couldn’t keep in touch with you as because this year we met a lot of rainfalls here that caused road blockade due to land erosion. So we were totally cut off from internet for three months (i.e. July, August and September). You are already aware that we have to go about 95 km to avail internet facility. Here are the updates from our Alice Project Arunachal branch about the academic session 2015-16.


Branch Project is functioning smoothly with the same spirit of Alice Project methodology. Some additional education are offered like, Chakma script, basic knowledge of computer, yoga, games and sport, massage, meditation, music, art and self-awareness.


Students doing meditation during the morning assembly , playing games and yoga lessons
This year we have constructed the boundary fencing with iron wires and cemented polls. The school is partially safe now and it would be quite safe if the main gates are constructed strongly.

Students helping in construction work of the fence, the school building and learning computers


Our future needs:-


a) Continuation of girls project for higher studies at the main Project at Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh), those who have passed class V,VII and VIII from the branch project. The girls those who were benefitted in the previous years are still in need of more support for their higher studies.


b) Construction- Improvement of the school building part by part with bricks and cement. (Existing school building walls are made of bamboo splits frames).More classrooms are needed to construct. (Existing school building walls are made of bamboo splits frames. We need to improve them)


c) For self-stability:- It is extremely necessary to take step for long run or existence of the branch project school. As being agricultural area, a tractor could raise funds for the support of the school.(i.e. teacher salary). Here all the villagers are depend on farming and the demand s of the tractor is basically more.
After the school hour we do cultivation in the school compound for our basic needs forth school.
d) Increment of the teacher’s salary:- It is also necessary and required for the increment of the teacher’s salary not more but little every consecutive year. The honorarium that the staffs are receiving is not enough to run the household in this remote area.


e) Installation of Internet accessing device;- The most important thing is to install a satellite internet accessing device in our branch project for better communication with you and others too. The installation of the device can be benefitted not only the school but the villagers too in different manners. We think it is the best idea if we could buy the device and install as soon as possible. Please let us know if anything needed more. With regards Bimal and Binay (Branch Manager & Principal) Alice Project Arunachal Branch

Thank you for your support!

Twenty years ago Alice Project’s adventure started. The "headquarter” was located in two rooms of a private residence, near Sarnath Stupa. In those small rooms we started training for the future teachers of the Alice Project school. The course was attended by 25 people of all ages. The youngest was a 17 years old boy, who is now principal of our schools.

We think that the final evaluation of these twenty years, in spite of few failures, is positive. Thanks to our work in Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Bodhisatta, the level of alphabetization in villages, around the three schools, increased notably. Very successful was the literacy project for adults and child laborers that we run for some years at Sarnath school. It is not is not easy to evaluate the social impact of Alice Project in the rural area in which we are working.

 

Awards and rewards

During all these years, we received rewards and encouragement for our educational project: from the Dalai Lama, who visited the school in Sarnath for three times; from Sanskrit University (two awards); from Italian President Napolitano who awarded Valentino with “Stella per la Solidarietà”. Many articles in local and international newspapers and about ten theses have been written by Italian and Foreigner University students. A book was written by Gloria Germani for the editor, Terra Nuova. Recently, the national French television dedicated fifteen minutes to Alice Project in a National program. After that, a new NGO (two are in Italy) called “Alice Project” was registered. An Italian writer and psychotherapist, Andrea Bocconi, defined Alice Project as the “Montessori of XXI century”.

The response to Luigina’s training in Italy and India is also quite positive.

 

News:

The school, after working for some years in the juvenile home in Varanasi, has adopted an orphan boy, at the end of his traumatic permanence in the re-education structure that lasted eight years. That boy, after completing the XII class, in our school, now is in Yoga Bangalore University for a degree in therapeutic yoga. He is going to finish the second year and he said that he does not regret for accepting our proposal. Thanks to our help, many of our students and teachers have achieved a specialization at the famous school of Yoga in Mungher, Bihar. Some students got the qualification in ayurvedic massage.

 

Two students were sponsored for a biannual course of Tibetan language. Nowadays both of them are teachers. One of them is the manager of a hostel in Nepal, where he implements the educational method of Alice Project. Recently, we helped other two students - without economical resources – to complete a two years course for becoming teachers in special schools (For mental and physical handicaps).

Since July, after the specialization, one of them is working as educator in the same Center in which he studied, getting a good salary. The other one teaches nearby his village, in Arunachal Pradesh. Two students (Chakma) have studied Eastern Arts in a private atelier in Nepal. Now they are working as teachers in Bodhgaya. Some ex -students teach in private schools in their villages.

 

About ten Chakma ex-students are pursuing the military career. Other Chakmas (six) preferred to dedicate themselves to the monastic life. Few chakmas moved to South of India in order to get a job, in the industrialized cities. All of them show a positive and professional behavior. This year, one Chakma - ex-student - got University degree with the highest marks. Now he wants to continue his studies to become a University professor. Another one, after the degree, preferred to dedicate himself to social work, “To help Chakmas to become recognized as Indian citizens and get out from the poverty in which they live”.

 Academic achievement

We want to underline that our schools could survive for such a long time not only thanks to the special education that we propose, but also for the academic results achieved by our students. Since some years, students of high school achieve high results than those of other private and public schools. For example, this year 100% of students passed the state level exam and 90% of them got the “first division”. So the scholastic results show that the combination of education (self-consciousness, meditation, introspection, concentration …) and instruction is a successful formula to improve students’ behavior and also their scholastic performance.

 Which is the future?

What will be the future? This is a question that we usually ask, especially in the light of the economic crisis that is spreading in Italy and in Europe, which caused a significant decrease in economical help for our schools. There are some friends who are supporting us since the birth of our Educational adventure. They are those who allow us to survive since now, together with other new friends that we have met during the journey . To be sincere, we did not imagine the responsibilities, the efforts, the energies that this vision would have required to be implemented. Anyway, we believe that it was worthwhile trying to find a new way to educate the young generations. Let us say that if we will succeed to help only few children to get inner peace, it is a great achievement. The future depends on the generosity of people who believe that our Educational research is worthwhile.

Dear all,

Friends of Humanity received some news from its local partner Alice Project in India!

According to them, "most of the students who are recruited are in extremely poor conditions. Many of them are orphans that do not have either mother or father. Their family conditions are very poor. Farming is the only source of their income. The students are very interested in staying at the school hostel. No one wants to leave it. But, of course some of them are turned away, because when they finish the primary level, for the further studies they are compelled to go to other schools which are very rare in our area. After completion of the course in this branch project, students are given options for higher studies which are faciliated in the main project in Sarnath- Uttar Pradesh and in Bodghaya, Bihar."

What about the families ?

The organization has a familiar relationship with the families of the students. They often come to the school and are always ready to give their cruicial help and support to us. They are very interested in the project and the education which we are giving to their children.

They are trying to run afternoon classes for the parents, which can be a very good way to involve them and all the villagers with their children's education.

Extra-school activities 

There are several activities which we are organizing with the hostel residents such as: games and sports, karma yoga, prayers and spiritual teachings, picnics and tours.

What do the students think about the hostel ?

They love and like the hostel very much. They are very happy to live in it. Students see it as their second home. They feel that the teachers and staff members are like their own parents who are always ready to help and support them with their every step. A 12 year old boy says "the hostel is a very homely and a comfortable place for me" while another student comments, "it is a kind of boon - an oasis for me."

When asked what students would be doing if the hostel did not exist, a 10 year old girl responded, "I would never get such a golden chance to be here and learn all these things which our teachers are teaching at the school."  Another student answered "My precious time would be spent in playing, working in the fields and with animals. Or I would just spend my time wandering in the village with my village friends." " I am very lucky that I am here."

Future of the Hostel?

We hope the hostel develops every year, so that we can make it beneficial for as many students possible. The future of the hostel is bright. Of course for completion of our dream we will need the kind help of all our supporters as we are receiving till now. 

 

Thank you for your donations and continous support!

 

Friends Of Humanity Team.

 

 

 

 

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Geneva, Geneva Switzerland

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