1. WHAT DOES 'BECOMING A FRIEND OF KASAM' MEAN?+
'Becoming a Friend of Kasam' means donating to financially support the school fees, books and other educational expenses of an underprivileged child in Kasam for one year ($300). Once you donate, you will get details about the child you are sponsoring, periodic updates about them throughout the school year including their school performance and pictures.
2. WHAT IS THE+
We follow the
100% modelmeaning that all funds raised from this website - your money - is used directly and solely for the education of the children. Any operational costs are borne by private donors and funds for them are raised separately.
3. HOW ARE THE CHILDREN SELECTED?+
Before fundraising every year, the 'Board of Directors’ obtain a list of children from King's Matriculation School (KMS) who are unable to pay their fees or need assistance. The students are then selected based on various factors including financial need, current level of education, etc. For 2018, 50 of the neediest students were selected with most having a single or no parent to support them financially.
4. DO I GET TO CHOOSE THE CHILD I’M SPONSORING?+
Donations are collective in nature and are used to sponsor a pre-decided list of children. Hence, you cannot choose a particular child for sponsoring. However, you will be paired with an individual child and will get periodic updates on his/her individual progress. If you continue to donate in subsequent years, you will remain paired the same child.
5. HOW IS THE ANNUAL AMOUNT DECIDED?+
The tuition amounts for students vary by their current grade of education, e. g., tuition of an 8th grader is different from that of a 10th grader. Based on the mix of students selected each year, an annual amount is decided before fundraising every year. The amount when we started three years ago was $240/year and this has increased to $300/year in 2018, mainly due to inflation costs and need for the school to retain teachers and be locally competitive.
6. WHAT IS COVERED IN THE ANNUAL AMOUNT?+
The annual amount covers the tuition, books and examination expenses of the children.
7. IS MY DONATION TAX EXEMPT?+
Yes, Friends of Kasam is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. You will receive the reciept and other pertinent details to claim your tax exemption once you make the donation.
8. WHEN IS THE FUNDRAISING PERIOD?+
Starting in 2018, the fundraising cycle will align with the school year at KMS and will start in July/August.
9. WHERE CAN I SEE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CHILDREN TO BE SPONSORED?+
Friends of Kasam operates differently than other non-profits in that we don't share photos of the children before sponsorship. We believe this helps maintain our core principle against obectification of the children. However, once you've sponsored a child, you'll receive full information about them including photos, background information and periodic updates through the school year.
10. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES I CAN DO APART FROM DONATION?+
We’re glad to hear that! Yes, you surely can perform additional activities like online weekly classes via Skype, writing letters to the children and raising money for specific student activities or school infrastructure. If you want to do any of these or have something else in mind, please feel free to contact us.
11. CAN I VISIT KMS WHEN I TRAVEL TO INDIA?+
KMS and its associated orphanage MBKGP will be glad to host you for whatever time you wish to spend with the kids. Basic accommodation, loving hosts and joyous children will make your stay a pleasant one. Please contact us if you’re thinking about travelling to KMS.