Way back in October 2013, we embarked on a fundraising drive to help keep Bishnu and her siblings in school at least until April 2013 so that she could finish her 12th grade studies. However, when an opportunity arose to raise funds to support the education of younger siblings and/or children of dead migrants, last December, we took it.
In January, 2014, seeing as COMMITTED may be able to continue to support Bishnu’s siblings, I paid her family a visit to assess their needs and to get first hand information about their situation. The adventurous five-day trip was a sad reminder of the plight of families in rural Nepal that lose their breadwinner.
Following my visit, the principal of the school sent me a letter, as per my request, detailing the cost of educating Bishnu’s siblings.
|Sponsorship request letter with details of Bishnu’s siblings and the cost of their education. (Click on the image for the original.)|
The request letter reads thus:
Dear Dorje Gurung,
We are very happy to hear that you and your organization will be providing financial support for the education of our students listed below, the children of Dol Bahadur Khadga, who died suddenly Qatar. To begin with, we would like to thank you and your organization for this gesture.
- The details of current students at this school, children of the late Dol Bahadur Khadga are as follows:
# Name of Student Class (grade) 1 Sharmila Khadga (daughter) 9 2 Laxmi Khadga (daughter) 9 3 Laxman Khadga (son) 9 4 Rajesh Khadga (son) 7
- Late Dol Bahadur Khadga has 7 children. The family is very poor. They are also a big family. The children are disciplined, have very good attendance records and are dedicated to their education.
- The school would like to request financial support for the education of the children to cover the following yearly expenses per child:
- Supplies (notebooks, pencils, educational materials, reference books):
Rs. 600/month X 10 months = Rs. 6000.
- Mandatory private tuition (in English, Mathematics and Science):
Rs. 300/subject/month X 3 subjects X 4 months = Rs. 3600.
- School uniform: Rs. 3000.
- Snack and other expenses: Rs. 20/day X 220 days = Rs. 4400.
Total = Rs. 17,000.00
The above is the cost for per student per year. Tuition fees are not include since its free.
Thank you for your support.
Tika Ram Sapkota
The fifth school-going sibling, Raj Kumar, an 8th grader, attends Shree Bhim Karina School in Karina-5. Luckily for him, the Chairman of the School Management Committee, who happens to be a friend of his late father, has arranged for all his expenses to be covered by the school except for supplies.
So, the details of the financial support required the rest of the year is as follows:
|2.||Private tuition fees/year (B)||3,600|
|4.||Snack and other expenses/year (C)||4,400|
|4.||Total support needed per student per year (D) (A + B + C)||14,000|
|5.||Total support needed for 4 students at SBHSS/year (E) (D X 4)||56,000|
|6.||Supplies/year for Raj Kumar (F)||6,000|
|7.||Total support needed for all 5 children/year (G) (E + F)||62,000|
|8.||Monthly funds to be provided to the family for the next 11* months (G/12)||5,166|
* With the funds the family received in March to cover the children’s back-to-school expenses, they were able to get uniforms for all. The family was short of Rs. 2000 for the said item.
So, the first deposit will be 5,166 + 2000 = Rs. 7166. And then it will be Rs. 5,166 for the remaining 10 months of this academic year, April 2014-April 2015 (B.S. 2071).
Looking ahead, three of the children will need support for two years–until April 2016–and the fourth one for four years–until April 2018. (Rajesh, the fourth child, failed his 7th grade exams.)
As mentioned in the last update to Bishnu’s Dream Lives on, funds raised at Sydney is COMMITTED and Art Exhibition in New York City and those donated to the cause by Leigh Newton (US$134.51), a friend and former colleague from my years in Azerbaijan, and Ms. C. Burcaliere (US$100), a traveller, has ensured that COMMITTED will be able to see through the rest of their high school education.
Finally, because the first time we raised funds to keep Bishnu in school was due to the emergency nature of the support required, COMMITTED did NOT include our own overhead costs etc. Time, effort and money has gone into the implementation of this sponsorship program. As has already been mentioned earlier or if you have been following Bishnu’s story since then, you know that I myself even visited the family last January to assess their situation etc. From here onwards, COMMITTED will be adding 15% overhead costs to the running and management of this sponsorship program.
On behalf of COMMITTED and Bishnu, once again, I would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously–whether it be time and effort or money.
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Funds disbursed in the academic year 2071 (2014-15): Rs. 58,826.00.
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Click here to go to the 2015-16 fund disbursement details.