Prutha Desai's First Painting Exhibition
AT A GLANCE
- Aadariyana Village School Rebuilding
on schools of patdi
[ UPDATE 1] - 13 MAR
[ UPDATE 2] - 30 MAR
[ UPDATE 3 ] - 21 APR
[ UPDATE 4 ] - 9 MAY
[ UPDATE 5 ] - 8 JUNE
[ UPDATE 6 ] - 24 JULY
[ UPDATE 7 ] - 16 AUG
8 26 OCT
[ Update Zadiyana ] - 30 APRIL
[ Update Zadiyana ] - 22 MAY
Here is the current status as of 8 June 2001 :
- About Rs 26 lacs have been spent so far
in Civil Construction and related heads.
- We have now permission to buy Cement and
Steel at tax-free prices, but that quantity purchased so far we will
not get a refund ( we are trying-but chances are low)
- About 10 rooms will be ready-for-use in
11 June when schools reopen ( flooring-polishing-whitewash-blackboard-furniture-complete)
but without power ( anyway, the old broken school hardly ever had power,
so the students and teachers are used to it ). They will not have to
use the " tent- school " .
- UNICEF has sent 32 tents to the village,
to start the schools in the cluster, distribution is going on .
- There is a huge water-shortage in the
village, the borewell has failed, the new bore they dug using some Govt
and some village funds also has failed ! We get water for civil construction
from several kilometers away, at a price. Hundreds of village women
come to the school site and take two or three " matkas " of
water everyday, we can't say no, in fact we positively encourage it.
But what's the long-term solution ? Many funders are giving money for
digging borewells, thinking this will solve the problem, but actually
it makes it worse. The real solution is to work on " recharge ",
but that's not an area of competence of Eklavya.
- NIIT has kindly agreed to fund one whole
wing of 5-rooms and sent in Rs 15.03 lacs, thru Kids for Kids, thanks
Rosita Rabindra and NIIT family !
- Mr. Himanshu Patel runs a large department
store at Newtown, CT,USA, in Feb he put up some photographs and an appeal
in his store and in the local papers, the people of Newtown gave an
overwhelming response, and last week Himanshu was in Ahmedabad and gave
Eklavya 2 cheques for USD 3000 and USD 1001, thanks Himanshu and all
the people of Newtown, CT, we very much appreciate this.
- Share and Care Foundation, New Jersey
has sent in a cheque of USD 13,000 ( Rs 13 lacs approx) to sponsor the
Science Lab which will be named after them, thanks Harit and Aruna Patel,
and Share and Care,NJ members !
- Tarun Bakshi has sent us USD 10,000 thru
his friends in the US, with a commitment for the same amount every year
for additional two years, thanks Tarun, this gives us an idea that once
this project is over, and if it is good and everybody is happy with
it, then we want to go back to all the donors of the project and request
them to give us the same amount once every two years and we can make
a new school every alternate year. This is within the capability of
Eklavya and its staff and teachers to do without stretching and taxing
itself. Of course this is only a very vague idea at present, our first
job is to do this one project and do it well.
- Bishop Leo Cornelio of the Khandwa Diocese
has sent in Rs 40,000, with a beautiful letter, I wish to quote a para
: Enclosed is a draft for a modest sum of Rs 40,000. As it is our
people here are also generally poor and this year they are very much
affected by the drought. They have scarcity of drinking water as well
as food. All the same, since this amount was collected for the relief
of the earthquake victims in Gujarat we send it to where it should belong.
Though it is a small amount you may make good use of it for the poor.
( Thank you Bishop Leo, words fail me, I feel humbled and small,
I also feel privileged for God choosing me to do this noble task, and
thank you for the trust and the faith ).
- The latest Donor List is attached for
your reference, total amount received so far is Rs 118 lacs ( our target
was Rs 103 lacs)
- GE SEACO is giving us 25 regular cargo
containers, 8x8x20, in good condition, converted with a door and 5 windows
( each with shade) into classrooms ! All we have to put in is a blackboard.
These are metal, so they'll become hot, but the village people will
cover it with cow-dung and some grass and it'll be OK. The containers
arrive in a couple-of-days-time. About 6 other villages in the Aadariyana
cluster, where the existing (broken) school is small-2-3-4 rooms each,
can now restart in good condition ( not tents). Thanks Mr. Scott Bayman
( President & CEO, GE, India) and Cdr Pradeep Dixit, GES India Pvt
Ltd. It took quite a while to get custom clearance because all containers
come into India on a bond, so they have to be taken out, too, thus there
is no duty on its entry. Now for these 25 containers permission is needed
for debonding, etc etc. Funny, it took more than 2 months to do all
these formalities, wish there was quicker ways .
- In Aadariyana there are 3 schools- first
is the boys 1-7 school which is broken and being rebuilt ( by-the-way
this school was first built in 1875 ! - so its a very educationally
enlightened village ), then there is a kanya-shala ( girls school, 1-7
) which was first built in 1986, it has suffered some damages, mostly
minor, they have asked Eklavya to do the repairs ( it is easy for us
to do this, because cement-steel-mason-engineers, almost everything
and every person needed is already there in the village on our project-site)
and we have agreed, total cost is about Rs 50,000.
- Then there is a High School 8-9-10, its
run by a private trust, they too need some repairs, they also need a
new largish hall as a library, we have agreed to do this , it'll cost
about Rs 10 lacs, we are sure we'll get some sponsor. This
will also serve as the library for the entire village.
- There is a village called Zadiyana, 10
kms away from Aadariyana, in the same cluster, their school is totally
broken, right now we are giving them 8 containers to start the school,
they have requested Eklavya to build them a new 12-room school, the
cost is about Rs 40 lacs ( very quick and dirty estimate). The village
has a population of 2100, the school was first built in 1950, it has
230 students, 7 teachers and 8 rooms. Their teachers are anyway in the
group of 2-year-training Eklavya is providing. We want to take up this
school, too, its near Aadariyana so the civil construction of both are
easy to supervise, its in the same cluster, and we are confident that
the money will come. What do you feel, pl do let me know.
- The mid-day meal scheme by the Government,
the school cooks the food using wood, we asked them to use gas, they
said wood is cheaper, since they just cut some trees and do not have
to pay for it ! In the room we are making we are designing for gas,
we do not know whether ultimately it'll work or not, because even if
we do the capital cost, who'll pay for the monthly recurring gas-cylinder
cost ? We hope to set a positive environment-friendly trend.
That's it for now