Educating & Protecting Children – A Sponsorship Appeal
A Sponsorship Initiative for Underprivileged Children in North 24 Parganas
In India, substantial number of children are yet to get the opportunity of formal education for several reasons even after implementation of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009. The situation has not improved over the years as large number of such children either become victims of child labour or are forced to take care of household chores. Children from the rural areas are the main sufferers of this problem in comparison to the children in the urban locations. Social and economic barriers create hindrances for the children to continue their study. Access to formal schooling and receiving quality education are the two major challenges for the children in government schools. The parents are also not ignorant about education of their children owing to several children at home and they always struggle to fulfil the basic needs for them. The families in rural pockets, particularly in the islands of Sunderbans have limited means of earning and they survive under severe financial crisis throughout the year. This results in restricting their children from attending schools.
The school being run by Swapnopuron Welfare Society is an initiative to bring these children in the light of education and provide them with quality English based academics so that the children can come out of the challenges and grow up in appropriate manner. More than 100 children are presently studying in this school in the Nursery to Standard V grades. It has been found that over 95% of these children extremely intelligent and have inherent skills to grab the learning inputs. Support to these children would certainly bring about meaningful changes in their lives as well as the parents. Else these children would end up as child labourers or would become victims of human trafficking. Academic support would also help these children to overcome trauma and abuse at home.
How to deal with this situation?
The locations where SWS works mainly dominated by Muslim minorities. These areas are separated through different islands and children live in extreme difficult situation. Over the years of the intervention in these locations of West Bengal, SWS has established its own English medium school for the children and also caters to other children through enrolling and following up in Govt. schools. At the same time SWS also ensure that these children do not get engaged in work or become victims of child marriage or human trafficking. But it requires further continuation of the intervention in achieving the desired goals of ensuring Rights of the Children. However there is a way to address this problem in a systematic and meaningful way. The simplest way to deal with this situation is to extend backup support to these vulnerable children through educational sponsorship so that the gaps in access to education can be addressed. The support would be need based where the parents are unable to provide such facilities or meet up the cost.
The Education Sponsorship Programme
The above mentioned situation can be addressed through setting up of a programme titled Education Sponsorship Programme (ESP) where the children will be provided with support like School Fees, Educational Items, Text Books and Coaching Support based on specific requirement of individual cases so that they can carry on with their studies uninterruptedly. This will prevent them from being child labour or victims of early marriage or human trafficking.
Where does the money go?
The sponsored amount would be spent for the purpose of school fees, educational materials, health care support, follow up of the children, educational coaching support, capacity building. About 80% of the sponsored amount would be spent directly for the children. The remaining 20% amount would be used for reporting and covering administrative cost.
Reporting to Donor
The individual / group sponsoring the children will receive Quarterly Progress Report of the individual child. The sponsoring person will have the scope to meet the child whenever he / she visit the field where the programme is being implemented.
How many child a donor can sponsor?
Any individual, groups, corporate group or friends of SWS can support more than one child at a time. They will receive Income Tax benefit under 80G of the Income Tax Act against the sponsored amount. SWS will issue donation receipt against all such contributions.
We place our request to all like minded individuals, groups, corporate groups and friends to extend their meaningful contribution towards our endeavour to ensure Education and Protection for the children in the islands of Hingalganj and Hasnabad of North 24 Parganas in West Bengal.
For any query on this, please drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will revert back to you shortly.
You can directly transfer the amount to:
Bank Name: ICICI BANK
Branch: Kasba, Kolkata
Account Number: 098301001405