Monday, March 30, 2009
Shampoos and hair oils, shopping for shoes and , getting hair cuts. we have all been incredibly busy. The children are really excited and so are we.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Her results are expected on the 6th but she says she has done well and somehow I know she has!
Power to you girl!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Today is also the day when we complete the admission formalities of Aditya, Vicky and Nikhil. This was made possible thanks to a small windfall that came our way. I am jumping with joy as I must admit I spent many sleepless nights wondering how we would come up with the whopping amount needed to complete the admission.
Thank you all for being there with us on this incredible and beautiful journey of hope.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Babli is in school. Her admission and fisrt term fees have been paid. She has been outfitted, her uniforms and books bought. The total cost came to 83 250 Rs.
We need to pay her next term on April 2nd.
Till date we have received 48K Rupees from Asha Canada, 20K Megha and saurabh and 50K from sabrina.
The boys - Aditya, Nikhil, Vicky - still need to be admitted. We are expecting a one time donation that would enable us to meet part of the payment.
Often these get overlooked and ignored but they remain nevertheless essential. There are some costs that one may call unavoidable: uniforms, shoes, clothes etc and there are some that may look non essential but are those that ensure that every child is given his right to be a child: the pizza on PTM day or the tuck carefully doled out by the housemother.
So in spite of the fact that we need not worry about school fees we still need to ensure that all the add ons are on sched!
This is how it looks:
Books and uniforms: ~ 10 000 Rs
Home clothes for week ends (summer and winter) ~ 5000
Shoes twice a year as they seem to out grow them (school shoes, white PT shoes, bathroom slippers, week end shoes _ sports or floaters) ~ 1500
Undergarments summer and winter: 1500
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, cream, hair oil) 1000
Tuck (biscuits, etc) 1000
Over and above this there is transport component as we have to fetch and drop them several times:
april(term begins) may (summer holiday) july (term begins) august (2) (rakhee) october (2) (dusserah) november(2) (diwali) (2)december (xams) january (term begins)plus a couple of PTMs where we have to go. Each trip costs about 800 Rs and thus the transport cost is about
15 000 or 3000 per child.
On PTMs we take the kids out for the day to the local market at dwarka and the popular demand is Pizza and Pepsi: another 200 per kid
When we began the journey I wondered how we would manage to complete it year after year till the kids graduated... I prayed hard and the prayers were answered..
Next week we will complete the admission procedure and on April 2 the children will begin their school year. I am overwhelmed!
It would not have been possible without each one of you
Here is a quick update..
Babli is doing great in school.. I spoke to her yesterday and she was
We are now working towards getting the other 4 admitted. As you know there is a big one time to be paid for ach kid - about 1K US - ! But as always there is always a miracle maker for pwhy kids and we have a donor who has promised a big amount to us and we are waiting for it to arrive to enable us to get Nikhil, Vicky and Aditya in school. Once that is done things will be on an even course. Will keep everyone posted.
Friday, March 13, 2009
here are a few pictures:
ps: the first step has been taken.. and though the road is long and arduous I know we will overcome!
Babli is in school.. you can see her hear waiting in line with Utpal for their morning refreshment. It was indeed a very special moment that I have shared here
We paid the admission dues, the first term and the uniform charges. It came to 75 K rupees.. a whopping amount but most of it is one time!
The reason why babli has been admitted before the others is because the school felt that she could join in class II and then sit for the exams and be promoted. This way we gained a year!
We will now be doing the same for the three others as and when we get the funds!
I will post the receipts as soon as I get them
The journey has begun
On Sunday our incredible4 - a great name for them - went to their new choll for the dreaded entrance test cum interview. They were accompanied by Prabin their house master. We had requested that bablu be given a class III admission test as she has lost many years on the way. She did appear for the test and the school principal felt that maybe we should send her to school now so that she can join class II and sit for the finals in march.
We are still debating the issue and I intend making a visit to the school to discuss the matter personally.
Aditya : prep
The children will be admitted to the following classes:
Vicky: class I
Nikhil: class II
Babli class III??Fingers crossed
You can read an account of the testing day here.
Welcome to the project why fantastic five blog
The idea of this group is to share with all those who have reached out to help four extremely vulnerable children break the circle of poverty and get the best education possible the day-to day activities and special moments of the journey these four incredible kids are embarking on. They fill join little Utpal and thus become project why's fantastic five
This project was not one we had envisaged or one we planned. It came to be after a set of unforeseen events that did seem a bit incomprehensible when they happened but in hindsight it was perhaps the God of lesser beings that was opening doors for these four children.here are some blogs that retrace the genesis of this project
You can find out more about the children here