Books & bags for 25 rural poor kids
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Every ₹2,000 will buy school books and a bag for one deserving child.
Without books for each subject, students cannot follow along during lessons nor can they do homework. Not having school supplies that everyone else does also negatively affects a child's self-worth and ability to learn. For children who already feel marginalised because of their low economic status, such poor learning experiences lead to irregular attendance or dropping out of school altogether.WHY KALAKAD
Kalakad is a hilly, isolated village surrounded by the Western Ghats in the southern tip of Tamil Nadu. And, like many rural communities across the country, it is home to overworked and underpaid daily wage labourers. ARDS' work is to strengthen these communities by providing education, training, rehabilitation and care services to the young and the old.
Poverty and education are inextricably linked, because people living in poverty may stop going to school so they can work, which leaves them without literacy and numeracy skills they need to further their careers.
India’s literacy rate is about 74% - leaving a quarter of the population without basic reading and writing skills. Poverty and illiteracy are closely linked. With the second largest population in the world, India is home to one-third of all world poverty.
It was hard work but all worth it. It was a meaningful experience for me. On my part I have gained immensely in terms of learning how to communicate better and to create social change. I am grateful for this opportunity that organisation gave to me.
25 of the most deserving six-year-olds in Kalakad have already been chosen to receive the school supplies. Once the Fundraiser is complete, school bags, colouring books, and prescribed textbooks for each subject for all four terms will be purchased and distributed to the children who can now go to school with confidence and learn joyfully!