Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India

by Friends of Tilonia, Inc.
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Educate One Girl for One Month in Rural India
Vidyalaxmi, alumna of Kaliyachak Girls School
Vidyalaxmi, alumna of Kaliyachak Girls School
Meet Vidyalaxmi.

Vidyalaxmi studied at the Kaliyachak Girls School from 2006 to 2008, completing grades 6, 7 and 8. She then went to high school and passed the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) examinations.

The CHSL exam is open to high school graduates and qualifies those who pass the exam for a junior level position with a government department.  Vidya qualified and now works as a Lower Division Clerk in the Bihar Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

This placement became a stepping stone to Vidya's studying and achieving her BA in Psychology via distance learning. And recently, she passed the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) state examination qualifiying her to apply for a higher position.

Vidya is an articulate and confident young woman and she credits the Kaliyachak Girls School for giving her the encouragement and strength to accomplish what she has done. She continues to visit the school regularly and to meet with Kaliyachak's current students.

Vidya is an alumna who inspires our students and makes us very proud. Like many of our students, she belongs to a very marginalised community group and her parents could not afford to send her to the government school given its distance from their community.

We love success stories like these, and with your continued support, we can provide the girls from Kaliyachak with the education and support they need to become confident young women, like Vidya.

We congratulate Vidyalaxmi on her accomplishments and what she is doing for her community.

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Teacher & students at the Kaliyachak Girls School
Teacher & students at the Kaliyachak Girls School

The School is Adding a Daily Lunch

Every morning the students at the Kaliyachak Girls School recite a non-denominational prayer and the preamble of the constitution of India.  The recitation is led by one of the students.

School days are still very short, just two and a half hours, but continue critical education and recreation for these girls.  The school is also adding a nutritious lunch of high nutrition, high energy foods to augment the girls' diet as food insecurity in the Nalanda district has increased during the pandemic.

FORRAD is assisting the school's teachers in improving lesson plans and adding new perspectives via songs on girls, freedom and human rights.  The newest song – Mandir Masjid Girjaghar ne baant liya Bhagwan ko, dharti baanti, sagar baanta, mat baanto insaan ko –  talks about how the division of people on the basis of religion is entirely politically motivated, and while religion and oceans and lands have been divided, people should not divide.

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Students at the Kaliyachak Girls School
Students at the Kaliyachak Girls School
Vocational training is part of the program.
Vocational training is part of the program.
Students learn to play board games during recess.
Students learn to play board games during recess.

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Students were masks while at school.
Students were masks while at school.

Dear friends, 

The Kaliyachak Girls' School has reopened this month following the very savage second COVID wave in India in this spring. Only a portion of the students, just 25 girls, are attending during this intitial reopening period. Students and teachers are wearing masks and maintaining social distance as much as possible.

During the second wave from April until now, FORRAD provided food for the families of the school's students. The provision of rice, dal and masalas meant these families did not go hungry.  A number of these families still do not have their government ration cards for heavily subsidised or free distribution of rice and were not able to afford even a single meal a day. 

We ensured that all our students and their families were provided for during these months.  We will continue to provide the families of all our students with dal which is really their only source of protein as none of these families are able to afford it, never mind milk, eggs, meat or fish. 

We hope we will have happier news by the end of September. 

Thank you for your continued support for the students of the Kaliyachak Girls' School and their families. 

Best,

Susan Abraham
FORRAD
Kaliychak Girls' School reopens after second wave.
Kaliychak Girls' School reopens after second wave.
School begins with a non-denominational prayer.
School begins with a non-denominational prayer.
The girls enjoy skipping rope while at school.
The girls enjoy skipping rope while at school.

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Khushboo
Khushboo

Let us introduce you to Khushboo, 11 years old, and Nishu, 10 years old, who are two of the 100 girls now attending the Kaliyachak Girls School.

Khushboo is studying in the 4th standard at the school. She is a good student and proud of ranking second in her class. She was born and lives in village Mal Bigha which is right next door to Kaliyachak.

Khushboo's parents work a small piece of farmland as well as working as sharecroppers. Khushboo has two brothers. She is especially interested in music and mathematics. She loves all kinds of play, skipping, football and in particular, carrom, a popular board game in India. She is sure she wants to study further after she completes her education at the Kaliyachak Girls School although she is not certain about where and how she will continue her studies.

Nishu is in the 6th standard. She ranks first in her class. She was born and lives in the nearby village of Gaura.

Nishu's parents work as sharecroppers, where they can find daily casual labour, and have a small piece of land of their own. Nishu is the youngest of five children in her family. One of her two brothers and one of her three sisters are married. Her favourite subjects are Hindi and art. She is good at tailoring and she loves all games. She definitely wants to complete school and to go to high school after she graduates from the school in Kaliyachak.

Both the girls may not have the opportunity to study after school, but let's see what we can do to change that.

The rural hamlet of Kaliyachak and the surrounding communities do not have a government school for girls. The nearest one is 7 kilometers away and is co-ed. Many parents, fearing for their childrens' safety are unwilling to risk sending their daughters to the co-educational government school and, unable to afford private education, rely on the Kaliyachak Girls School for their daughters' education.

The school's students come from Kaliyachak and the six neighbouring hamlets of Aganu Bigha, Kapsiwayan, Mal Bigha, Bhat Bigha, Sarista Nagar and Hazari. It is estimated that these villages together have an additional 350+ girls out of school.

With your help, we're giving these girls the gift of education and all the benefits an education brings. Thank you for your generousity and support. 

 

(C) 2021 Photos courtesy of Vipul Sangoi. 

Nishu
Nishu

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Hiramani at the Kaliyachak Girls School
Hiramani at the Kaliyachak Girls School

Dear friends,

Hiramani is all of 9 years old. She is the daughter of agricultural labourers who sometimes must migrate in order to find work.

Before starting school at the Kaliyachak Girls School, Hiramani used to help her parents in their work. Until last year, Hiramani was one of the 45 million out-of-school children in India. That changed last year when she began attending the community school regularly, 6 days a week.

Now, Hiramani studies math, science, social studies as well as Hindi and English. She can now read basic Hindi and English, including the newspaper. She enjoys reading books and playing with other girls from the community.  She also loves a good game of Carom. She has decided that she wants to pursue her education at least till the 10th grade.

Today, young girls like Hiramani depend on all-girl, community schools to access even the most basic education, a right that every child has but is too often denied.

With your advocacy and support for girls' education, we can continue to enroll girls like Hiramani in the Kaliyachak Girls School.  And we can continue to expand the educational program to include mid-day meals, sports, extra-curricula in arts and storytelling as well as vocational training for the older students. 

This Giving Tuesday, we hope you will continue your support for the Kaliyachak Girls School -- and the girls, like Hiramani, who deserve an education.

Thank you for your support. 

Best,

Priya Krishnamoorthy

 

Photo credit: Vipul Sangoi (c) 2020

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