Eliminating Illiteracy

 

"Literacy is the bridge from misery to hope.”

 

                                                       — Kofi Annan

 

We started with support to about 1000 indigent students in a high school, an upper primary school and six primary schools in Burgula. Now, we have expanded to 13000 children in neighboring villages also. Prior to our involvement in Burgula, there were no toilets, and not enough classrooms, desks and chairs in the schools. Some children walked 2-3 kilometers daily to school. We have improved the infrastructure and quality of education. Our actions are inspired by Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  

 

Few of our key accomplishments include:

  • Constructing a Mini Auditorium, classrooms,outdoor stage and toilets
  • Computer literacy in the high school and primary schools
  • Footwear provided to students
  • Starting a science lab in the high school and library in all area schools
  • Providing over 250 bicycles to school children, mostly girls
  • Desks and chairs for all kids, fans in classrooms and providing books
  • Improving the quality of mid-day meals, providing safe drinking water
  • Recognition of students with good academic performance
  • School premises clean up program
  • Improving english education and supplementary education
  • Providing sports equipment and dresses
  • Conducting science exhibitions and cultural activities
  • Encouraging teachers and employing volunteer teachers 
  • Sneha - Menstual Hygiene Program
  • Door-to-door campaign for 'Literacy for All'
  • SET Orientation Program 
  • Improving test scores
  • Scholarships for higher studies

Please go to One Day in the Life of a Burgula School Kid to learn more about the impact our programs have had in the lives of Burgula's residents.

“Mass illiteracy is India’s sin and shame and must be liquidated,” said Mahatma Gandhi. We are confident that this generation of kids will be equipped with the most powerful tool called ‘literacy’ which will eventually change misery into hope for the villagers.

 

 

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