Vision for Asia helped set up a school in India at the beginning of 2016 in a new sewing hut. The aim was to help children of the local island break the cycle of poverty. We believe that the only way out of poverty is through education, which is why this project is so vital.
Life on the island is not easy. There is little access to clean drinking water and a lack of food, resulting in poor nutrition. The parents are either farmers or fishermen, who have learned skills only to fit their environment and these have been passed down through the generations. An academic education is of little importance to them; however, if they continue to live with this mind-set, they become stuck in a vicious circle.
At this school, children will be provided with a basic education in three core subjects: Bengali, Maths and English, enabling them to progress to the state school on the island when they turn 8 or 9 years. Access to the state school can only be gained by obtaining this level of education, which is why it is so important to lay the foundations at this critical stage. Attending the state school will provide them with the necessary skills to make them more employable once they graduate, in turn creating a better life for themselves.
Can you help?
This is a short-term sponsorship programme where you can sponsor a child to go to school for just £5 a month. Your money will be going towards the three teachers’ salaries (£20 per month), resources for the 45 children (£30 per month) and food to provide the children with an additional meal per day (£180 per month). This is a small price to pay but can make such a huge difference in a child’s life.
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