174th beneficiary -Clean drinking water and stationery, and a bicycle.

Sr no 174

 

 

A few months ago, I came across this feature in the Times of India. “School teacher climbs hill to make it to school daily.” : http://m.timesofindia.com/city/bengaluru/Teacher-climbs-a-mountain-everyday-to-keep-school-going/articleshow/52948998.cms

 

 

I read the article. I paused. I pondered. My morning cup of hot tea cooled off as I got lost in the world of those children.

I decided, we should do something, however little, for this teacher and or the school children he serves. But this school was situated in rural Karnataka, miles and miles and miles away from the spot my cooling-off cup of tea awaited another sip from me.

 

I was confident a reputed NGO in Pune I am associated with would help us do the needful. With that confidence, I shared this featured story with a couple to donor pals who had been waiting since many months to contribute a large amount. Two responded immediately, Gauri and Maya. They wanted to help in any way, unconditionally.

 

 

I got in touch with the school, their Right To Education RTE officer, provided to the school thanks to our government, and he informed me some kind people already purchased a motor bike for the teacher, Suresh Chalagiri.

The school had around 60 children from a tribal community called Lambani.

Hmmmmmm We asked them, if there is anything else they need, the children, the school…?

 

 

The RTE officer, Mr Matapatti, and the teacher, reverted to me after a few days; they requested for stationery, a bicycle for school work, and a water filter, “….. we have water, but because we do not have a water-filter the children sometimes get ill drinking untreated water.”

 

 

If they get sick, they will miss school. And their families cannot afford the medicines too. Missing school also results in them missing out on a wholesome mid-day meal. That was very important to us, because I cannot personally stay hungry for more than 3 to 5 hours in the day.

 

 

The school is located in Gadag district, and is called, Byrapura Lower Primary School. The children belong mostly to a sub caste/community known as Lambani.

The Lambani are migrant workers, (have become migrant workers due to circumstances) and every year for 6 to 7 months the parents migrate from Karnataka to Pune, Goa, Mangalore, Bengaluru for all kinds of infrastructure related construction work.

They are forced to leave their children back in the village, as they live in makeshift homes in the cities and children are also at risk of being kidnapped in cities by child-beggar mafias. Also, cities do not offer education to temporary migrant workers.

 

 

When the parents migrate for work, livelihood, the children are left in the care of their grandparents. The most common challenge these children face is malnutrition, because the only full and wholesome meal most of them receive is one in the afternoon if they attend school. Back at home, at night, these children have to eat whatever their grandparents can manage to provide and cook.

 

 

Actually, malnutrition is the biggest malice here. This week I read that across India 1.3 million children die before they can live to five, because of malnutrition. Those that die out of hunger, I do not have the courage to google search; because, I cannot take on such a large quantum of sadness in one day.

 

 

Thank you to #MukulMadhavFoundation Pune, and #FinolexPipes for assisting us in reaching far beyond our means to help this school, 639 kms far away from the comfort of my home.

 

 

Thank you Gauri and Maya, both USA residents, for providing these 60 children and their tiny school a big piece of your hearts.

 

 

I called the RTE officer Mr Matapatti this morning, before writing this post, and he told me all the gifts have been received with enthusiasm and gratitude. And I thought, the drawing books and color pencils must have brought the rainbow down from the mighty sky to the children’s’ humble drawing books; in the face of charity and love, even a rainbow will climb down from the sky for us, I think.

 

#BicycleAngels

#RakeshAnandBakshi.

 

 

#RakeshAnandBakshi https://twitter.com/RakBak16

 

#BicycleAngels:

FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/309043432570135/

WordPress https://bicycleangels.wordpress.com/

Beneficiaries of help: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.357090647765413&type=1

 

#BeautifulBicyclesBeautifulPeople

 

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And Thank you Kohinoor Cycles (http://kohinoorcyclestores.blogspot.com/) Siddharth Vora (https://www.facebook.com/siddharth.vora.58?fref=ts) for the good service.

 

#BicycleAngels

#RakeshAnandBakshi.

 

 

#RakeshAnandBakshi https://twitter.com/RakBak16

 

 

#BicycleAngels:

FB https://www.facebook.com/groups/309043432570135/

WordPress https://bicycleangels.wordpress.com/

Beneficiaries of help: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.357090647765413&type=1

 

 

#BeautifulBicyclesBeautifulPeople

 

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