Secure the future of poor school children in rural Chhattisgarh by reimbursing their public provident fund account, INR 5000

Imlee Mahuaa School was established by Akanksha Public Charitable Trust in August 2007, for the benefit of impoverished rural children in Balenga Para and its neighboring villages, in Kondagaon district of Chhattisgarh state in Central India. The entire financial cost of education at the School is borne by the Trust and no fees or charges of any kind whatsoever are collected from any of the students or their families. The communities that benefit from the school are largely tribal, fully rural, backward and uneducated by all conventional norms. All the 60 school children are Gonds, Kalaars, Gaandas or Pankaas (members of scheduled tribes, scheduled castes and backward classes), classified by the Government as falling below the poverty line. More than 90 percent of the children are first generation learners. During the year ended on March 31, 2015, the School facilitated the opening of 59 of the 60 students Public Provident Fund Accounts with the State Bank Of India at Kondagaon. Only one student, Jyoti Sodhi could not open her PPF account because her mother did not have the necessary identification or residence proofs necessary for opening the account. She expects to open her account during the year 2015-16. All these PPF accounts are in the names of the students and their natural guardians (mothers and where the mother has passed away fathers). None of the employees of the school or the trustees of Akanksha Public Charitable Trust or any other person are joint holders of these accounts and such persons have no control over these PPF accounts. As soon as the students become majors, the PPF accounts will vest in the respective students who will be the sole holders and beneficiaries of these accounts. The School has deposited in March 2015 and June 2015 scholarships towards post school expenses in the PPF accounts of its students. The amounts of the scholarship for each student vary depend on the grade in which the student is studying and her/his percentage attendance in school during the year 2014-15. The amounts deposited range from a minimum of Rs.500 to a maximum of Rs.7,000 per student.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Reimbursement of deposit of scholarship into Public Provident Fund Account 5000.00
Unit Price 5000
Total 5000
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From a shy diffident student to a confident student and wannabe teacher in 6 years
Dulaari Netaam who is approximately 14-15 years old today, was a shy and diffident 8 or 9 year old when she joined Imlee Mahuaa School six years ago having dropped out of class 3 of the Government Primary School in Kondagaon village, Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh 494 226. At that time she was a shy child who could recognize only a few letters of the Devanagari (Hindi) script and the English alphabet. She needed a lot of coaxing to answer simple questions broke into tears when she thought she had made an error in the expectation of a reprimand from her teachers.
Dulari took almost four years to believe that the new school that she had entered was where she could really commit as many mistakes as were necessary to learn, that she need not fear reprimand or any punishment for such mistakes and where she enjoyed the freedom to take full charge of her learning. During this period and to date, the School continually instilled confidence in Dulari and all her schoolmates that the School was a place where they could explore and stumble freely without the fear of inviting judgmental or penal consequences and where taking responsibility for one’s learning went hand in hand with such freedom.
During the last six years that Dulari has spent in Imlee Mahuaa, she has transformed herself from a diffident and fearful little child to a confident adolescent who while dealing with the difficult challenges of adolescence has immersed herself in every aspect of the school’s program and has for the moment decided to explore teaching as a future career. In October 2013, during a class meeting Dulari expressed her wish to try her hand at teaching the youngest children (3 and 4 year olds) in the School. Since then she has been enjoying teaching them English for two hours every week.

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