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Educating Rural India August 2013
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From the Editor
Current academic year is well into its third month. Only 28% of scholarship students have found sponsors so far (out of 2800 students, only 850 have found sponsors). Since these children will not be able to continue studies without scholarship,they are being given the same in the hope that we will receive enough renewals or fresh sponsorships soon. Equally urgent is the need to construct additional classrooms & equip schools with lab material, learning material, furniture, etc.

We have recently received accreditation from Give India, a highly reputed donation platform in India, which has vetted our work and processes. We have also reached the final stage of accreditation with Global Giving, a reputed international donation platform. Accreditation to these will provide a lot of comfort to people who are otherwise not familiar with Isha Vidhya, as the accreditation comes after satisfying stringent evaluation criteria of our operations.

We are participating in the Global Giving Fundraiser campaign(1 – 30 Sep) to fund the urgent furnishing expenses of newly opened Dharmapuri School (where the building has been funded by Infosys Foundation) and in the India Giving Challenge of Give India(10 Sep – 24 Oct) for meeting the funding requirements of the other eight schools of Isha Vidhya. By sending your friends the links to one of these campaigns and explaining about the project, you can help us reach out to these people.

The Dharmapuri School requires Rs. 5.4 million (US$ 109,000) furniture, library books, lab equipment for Computer, Science, Math and English Labs; classroom learning material, drinking water requirement - Borewell, OH Tanks, RO Plant and office equipment. The othe rIsha Vidhya Schools require Rs. 34.1 million (US$ 682,000) for construction of classrooms, furniture, lab equipment and learning material for the current year.

Please help us in reaching out to people who believe that education is the best tool to bring about positive change in the society and raise funds for currently functioning Isha Vidhya schools. For further information you can contact us at Global.Giving@ishavidhya.org and Give.India@ishavidhya.org.

Note: Download Isha Vidhya Highlights 2012 – 2013 and share with your contacts to give a glimpse of activities at Isha Vidhya schools.
Feature: Project with Helpage and Intergenerational Theatre Company
University of Victoria PhD candidate, Matthew Gusul, is leading a project “Intergenerational Theatre Project” which will produce original theatre that brings awareness to rural Indian seniors’ issues and stories. These plays will also provide effective recreational programs for Tamaraikulam Elders Village elders leading to improved health and well-being.

Nine students from Isha Vidhya Cuddalore School were selected to act in a skit that was performed in front of visiting elders from Helpage India, Tamaraikulam Elders Village,. The skit stressed the importance of looking after the elders and contained a message for youngsters, educating them on the need to respect and care for elders. The students were trained for 2 hours every day for 3 days for the performance.

The Intergenerational Theatre Project is a year-long project. During summer vacations, performing artist from Pondicherry Central University will visit Cuddalore School and train the students. Shows will be conducted throughout Pondicherry where these trained students will perform.

The project will benefit Isha Vidhya Cuddalore School by providing students an educational opportunity to learn from the elders while developing confidence through participating in the company’s theatre productions and dramatic activities.
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We require support for teachers to identify supplementary content on internet. The content will help improve classroom delivery of lessons, add to syllabus-aligned activities, provide content for DVD classes and help teacher create workbooks.

Teachers at Isha Vidhya, are swamped with work and don't have enough time to search for content that can enhance lesson delivery. We need volunteers who will search for supplementary content (text, graphics, audio or video) which will improve understanding of the lessons or practicing it.

We also need help in creating impact stories of our children and families whose lives have changed due to Isha Vidhya schools. The help can be in the form of graphic design work or writing of stories.

If you can spare a few hours in a week and are comfortable searching for material on internet, asmita.sinha@ishavidhya.org to confirm your participation or to find more about this opportunity.

To find out about other volunteering opportunities, please register* as a Friend of Isha Vidhya.

*The registration process will take less than a minute.
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Gratitude Zone: Isha Vidhya Villupuram conducted a blood test camp to determine the blood group of students whose parents were unable to provide this information and were too financially weak to undertake this expense. The camp was organized by an Isha volunteer, Mr. Prabhakaran, who bore the cost of testing kits while Lab technician Ms. Rosy generously committed one whole day to test nearly 150 students. Each student’s blood group detail is written on his/herIdentity card.

Thank you Mr. Prabhakaran for organizing the camp and paying for it and Ms. Rosy for giving your time.

Critical requirements: Out of 2800 academic scholarship allocated in the year 2013 – 2014, 1950 are yet to receive sponsors. Our priority is to ensure each deserving child receives scholarship even if it requires us to divert funds allocated for building critical infrastructure. It will greatly help us to deliver on the promise made to kids at the time of admission if you can encourage your contacts to sponsor a child’s education and also renew your own sponsorships, if not done till now.

Similar number of students require sponsorship of mid-day meal. This meal is the only balanced, nutritious meal that a large percentage of students consume during the day. Your sponsorship not only ensures a full belly but also helps them overcome malnutrition that they suffer from.

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For inquiries or more information about donations, please email at donations@ishavidhya.org. To donate online please visit: http://www.ishavidhya.org/donate-now/financial-donation.html.

Information about other requirements and donation opportunities is available here
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