Thursday, April 12, 2012

Slum Schools Educating Girls

Going to school was only a dream for 7-year-old Sai Lakshmi. Her mother died several years ago and soon after, her father left Sai Lakshmi with her grandmother. The two of them live in a small hut, with a thatched palm leaf roof, in a slum community of eastern India. The elderly grandmother begs in the streets for small change and collects food where she can to sustain the two of them. Buying a school uniform and books so that Sai Lakshmi could attend a government school was impossible. 
Sai Lakshmi waves goodbye to her grandmother
as she starts her walk to the slum school she attends

But one day, while queuing for a plate of warm food, along with dozens of other hungry children in her village, Sai Liakshmi met Paparao Yeluchuri, Children’s Hope partner in India. He talked to her in his respectful, loving way, and then she in turn sang him a song. He asked her to come and attend one of his 15 schools serving the lower caste children of Kakinada. Like hundreds of other children from similar backgrounds, Sai Lakshmi now attends classes in her new uniform. She is also provided quality teaching, books, and some days, lunch. Often it is her only meal of the day.

Nutrition is key to learning in the classroom for these children from the slums. Empty stomachs limit educational growth.

But in order to give one meal to each of his 5000 students all 220 days of the school year, it would cost Paparao, over $400,000.

Sai Lakshmi talking with her teacher at her
new school in the slums
You can help feed Sai Lakshmi and her classmates.
Provide lunch for the children:
$100   Feeds 1 student for school year
$500   Feeds 5 students for school year
$1000 Feeds 10 students for year.

Give now to deliver lunch to the children in the slum schools

Give now to pay for tuition and
teachers' salaries
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