Starting to see results

What a brilliant way to start the day! Just found out about two of the kids we are supporting under Urjayati that:
1. Ronti, who would have had to drop out of class had he not received funding last year, stood first in his Class 11 exams.
2. Tulsi cleared her Class 9 exam after having been at it for two years, and finally receiving mentorship support last year.

It is news like this that keeps us going even when funding starts to dwindle at times. To all those who donated to Urjayati for these kids, thank you! And huge shout out to both their mentors, Tonmoy Roy and Ritu Moudgil !

And to those who keep losing our donation link and pinging us for it, bookmark it  Here it is – https://milaap.org/campaigns/Urjayati

One whole year of helping kids like Ronti

15-year old Ronti Sarkar was the topper of his school in class 10. From there on, his education now takes up 50% of his family’s income. Not because it costs that much, but because his family earns that little. Despite their best efforts.

With the help of our donors, the mentors, and a number of very kind volunteers who have helped us in every imaginable way, Project Urjayati has been making sure that kids like Ronti don’t have to forgo their education because of dire financial conditions at home.

In the last one year, we have gone from supporting 8 kids in Mumbai to 22 kids from the slums of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. We hope to be able to take on more with support from those who believe that every child should get the opportunity to study – without having to worry about how to pay for the books they need, or the fees in school, or the bus they need to take so that they don’t have to walk an hour to get to school every day.

 

See why Ronti needs to be supported and the difference it will make to his life.

 

 

Aurobindo and Moumita Hazra

Location: Kolkata

Assigned a Mentor: Yes

Being sponsored for: School Fees and Tuition Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Aurobindo and Moumita live in a slum in the Hoogly district of West Bengal. They were both studying in low income private schools till expenses caught up, and they had to drop out of the school. Their father who is a rickshaw-puller, took up another job of dusting furniture at people’s houses, just so that he could put his kids back in school.

One went back to the private school, while the other got enrolled in the free government school. But they need help with their subjects, which the parents are in no position to provide. The parents are making their best effort to secure a future for their children here. Maybe you and I could help them out a little too.

Ronti Sarkar

Location: Kolkata

Assigned a Mentor: Yes

Being sponsored for: Tuition Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

15-year old Ronti comes from a family of hardworking parents. His father is a daily wage labourer, and his mother goes door to door in the humid weather of Kolkata, selling saris. All so that they can help their son to become an engineer. But their family income of a mere INR 4000 per month gets in the way of Ronti’s dreams. He topped in his school in the Class 10 exams, and wants to pursue a B.Tech degree after Class 12. However, he cannot afford the luxury of getting coached for the entrance exams that most others he will be competing with can get.

It costs 50% of their family income for him to get these tuitions, and he won’t be able to make the cut until people like us stand up to support him. He politely smiles and says, ͞I hope I can help someone in need like this when I become an engineer one day.

Tulsi Swami

Location: Mumbai

Assigned a Mentor: Yes

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Tulsi is a young 17 year old. Her life changed four years ago, when an accident at school left her partially paralyzed for a year and stunted her growth. She was hospitalized for weeks after the incident and required surgery. Four years on, she is required to undergo a medical checkup every six months and is on medication to manage the lingering pain.

Her parents are vegetable sellers and earn about INR 6-7,000 per month. A portion of their earnings are allocated to paying off the loans they had taken at the time of her surgery and her ongoing medical expenses. They are determined to educate Tulsi and make her financially independent despite their financial constraints. Tulsi is currently in class 9. With our contribution, we can help Tulsi’s parents achieve their dream of making their daughter succeed against the odds.

Ansh Kumar

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

4-year old Ansh does not remember his mother. He was only 11 months old when she passed away after being starved and not taken care of by his drunken father. His grandparents took him in at that age, and it has been a downhill ride for the family ever since. His grandmother had to let go of the little she used to earn as a small scale factory worker, so that she could stay at home and take care of him. His uncle, who was only in class 8 at that time, had to drop out of school to make up for the lost income of the grandmother, and now works as a daily wage labourer.

His grandfather repairs cane furniture, which is by no means a steady source of income. His father hasn͛t visited him from the time his mother passed away and doesn͛t pay a penny to support the child. His grandparents want him to study now and not suffer the same fate as the other family members. And we can help him escape that fate.

Hansmukhi and Piyush Arya

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

This brother and sister duo of 5 and 7 years respectively lost their father two years back. What remains of the family is a mother working as a cook to make ends meet, and an older brother in Class 6 who had to be pulled out of private school a few years back because the father would squander the family earnings on alcohol.

The mother put the older kid in a free public school, but says the child hasn͛t learnt to even read or write. She doesn͛t want the same fate for the two younger kids and thus wants them to study in the private school in the area. The fees are nominal for you and me, but quite a lot for a single mother of three making only INR 4000 a month.

Anil Kumar

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Anil is a well-disciplined boy of 12. His family has what many in India presumably crave – male children. All male children. Four of them in fact. However, four growing boys can take a toll on a family with just one earning member. The father is a vegetable vendor, who makes a few hundred a day, and ends up paying most of that trying to cover rent. They are having a hard time trying to keep up with the ever-increasing expenses, but the mother wants her son to study and escape this trap. And you can help him do just that.

Emmanuel Raj Matthew

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Emmanuel had been out of school for two years when we met him. So had his elder sister. The parents had to pick one kid to keep in the expensive city with them, so they had to send the older girl back to the village, where her studies came to a halt. The family runs an idli stall, but have not even been able to break even and are accruing huge debts to run their stall.

It is no wonder then that Emmanuel had to drop out of school in such circumstances. But your contribution can help to ensure that he doesn͛t have to suffer the same fate as his sister, for whom it might just be too late now.

Simran Kaur

Location: Delhi

Assigned a Mentor: No

Being sponsored for: School Fees

Being sponsored since: July 2016

Simran, an eight year old is from a single parent family. Her father was a truck driver and the breadwinner of the family. He lost his life three years ago, due to excessive drinking. Since then, her mother has been working as a helper at a Child Development Center. However, they are barely making ends meet with her earnings of INR 3900 a month. Her mother wants to ensure Simran receives a good education. Your contribution towards her school fees would go a long way in helping Simran’s mother put her through school.