EDUCATIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE NEEDY : https://youtu.be/om1vJjNYLtw ...A short film on the 5th Annual Educational Financial Assistance Award Function.
One of the main objective of the Trust is to provide financial assistance to the needy underprivileged to enable them to pursue and complete their studies. Having a basic qualification should help these students to stand on their own legs. When the financial situation is bleak or when one has to sacrifice a good part of one's time earning to enable one to pay one's fees academics may have to sacrificed. In such a situation if there is an organization that comes forward and extends a helping hand and soothes their financial burden during their academic pursuit then one can imagine the positive effect it will have on the society. Especially in the long run. These very students when they grow will remember how they were helped by some unknown organization. Then in turn will consider it their duty that they have to return the favour to some other(s) in the society. Thereby the positive effect will percolate into the society.This will take time no doubt. But it has to happen. Thereby we will be doing our bit to make the world a better place to live in. Our Trust offers you the opportunity to be a part of this building process by contributing your might as you deem it.
Going through the majority of requests for financial assistance and the family details would make all of us almost cry. We know that many may not consider it appropriate to make the observation that follows. We thought that we should. It will serve as a reminder to us that we have a duty towards the society.
We, the privileged, cry and complain. We don't mind spending a few thousand rupees for a dinner or a party and this is sometimes more than the monthly income of some of the families of the students we support. In spite of all the financial constraints there is a will in them to want to study. To want to be something in life. Hopelessness is not their view or condition. But one can surely say that a great handicap these students are facing. Handicap - due to their growing up in conditions we can hardly imagine, due to the lack of guidance in their crucial ages of growth and also their continuous struggle to meet ends and with all these study also and that too in homes where quite atmosphere may be a luxury. In spite of all these handicaps it is heartening to note that there is determination in most of them to make something of their lives. To become someone. To grow so their next generation doesn't have to see and stay in the conditions in which they are growing up. An excellent sign.
They always have to struggle to meet ends. If someone comes along and provides some sort of succor, in any form, believe me, they will be grateful all through their lives. This healing balm can come in the form of financial assistance to help them to tide over the problem of paying their yearly fees. Our Trust is doing precisely that. Obviously we cannot meet the complete requirement. We are trying our best. In the process we can only, at present, pay part of their fees requirement.
For the last five years we have reached out to a large number of students -- students who otherwise may have dropped out of schools and colleges and provided them financial assistance to pursue their studies. Our assistance has made a difference based on the feedbacks from the parents and the students.
In the first year we financially supported 25 student's education and this kept increasing year after year and has reached reached to more than 240 students this academic year( 2018-2019).
The students supported ranged from the 1st standard to the final year Engineering. The parents of the students can be categorised into:
a) Around 25% don't have father and the mother is normally a rag picker or having a simple job.
b) In around 10% of the cases the father has left home or is a drunkard.
c) Around 40% of them are Rag Pickers or work in the dumping ground.
d) 15% of the parents have menial jobs... The father lifts loads or works on contract basis on a low paying job.
e) Remaining 10% : Some are Watchmen, Postmen, Drivers or people having not so good jobs.