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Upcoming Plans

For the next school year, we are hoping to implement a few changes to help support the relationship between you and your sponsored child, should you choose to do: 

  • Establish a way for one-on-one updates: Having Aditya and Priyank will help us facilitate more contact between you and your sponsored child. We’d like to do some sort of video chats or coordinated videos back and forth so you can get to know your child better.
  • Implement the "school uniforms, bags, and gift-giving" program: As you know, the children you sponsor are far below the poverty line. Many of these children do not have clothing other than their school uniforms and cannot afford much more. We are aiming to begin a fundraising initiative if you’d like to donate to help purchase additional uniforms and bags for the children. Also, we want to raise a few dollars per child to purchase small birthday gifts for them.

 

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FoK Fellowship

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FoK Fellowship

A couple of months ago we coordinated with Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), an engineering college located near the school, to start a fellowship program for the college students to be a part of Friends of Kasam. The objective of the fellowship was to have our "eyes on the ground" - our points of contact for coordinating activities and getting more frequent updates from the school. We have two new team members: Aditya and Priyank, who are both students at VIT and are now helping us with more local support. They are both engineering students and have backgrounds in volunteering, and are thrilled to be working with us. Their main responsibilities are visiting the school to see how the children are doing and progressing, and to coordinate communication between sponsors and the students.

Aditya and Priyank visited the school in April, where they spent some time with the students and had them draw some photos and write letters to all of you. We are consolidating them and will get those over to you in our next newsletter, along with updates about your individual kids.

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Naman visits school

One of our founders, Naman, traveled to India to visit the school in March. Naman used to teach at the school more than 5 years ago, when he attended Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), an engineering college located close to the school. In this visit, he met the new school principal, Anna, who was Vice Principal for several years until Vatsala, the former principal, retired last year. Anna comes with over 30 years of experience in education and is very dedicated to the children.

He also saw the school’s new activity lab, where the children get more hands-on experience with learning.

As a result of this visit, we also identified some top needs that we will support in the upcoming years:

  • School uniforms and bags program
  • Expansion of the lunch program
  • Addition of new bathroom facilities
  • Helping teacher aides and starting an e-learning program

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