PUNE: In a bid to provide education to children of rural areas, Hong Kong-based Sarjan Charity Foundation and With Love for You Charitable Foundation in Pune has jointly set up a unique campaign of ‘Books for a Purpose’ to help students of Std IX and X in rural areas.
The NGOs have come forward to distribute textbooks and other required facilities to these children.
Neha Pawar, Treasurer of With Love for You Charitable Foundation, said, “In December, we started a survey in several villages and remote areas where children are deprived of education. During this survey, we learnt that the State government offers free education to children only up to Std VIII. Hence, after a certain level of education, students tend to drop out of schools due to lack of facilities and poor economic background. It was then that we decided that where government stops, we will start with our initiative to help children receive quality education.”
The project ‘Books for a Purpose’ has been executed in two phases in which 25,000 books have been distributed amongst 2,500 needy children at 17 schools in Junnar, Saswad, Boregaon, Beed and Satara. The syllabus subject books include Maths, Science, English, Geography, Marathi, Hindi and History.
“There is only one school available between 5 to 10 villages. These children walk 15 km from their villages to go to school. We have provided them with brand new books purchased from Pragati in Pune. Sarjan Foundation has sponsored all of them,” said Pawar.
Pawar also added that they will be sponsoring these 2,500 students’ education till their graduation is completed.
“The distribution of books had started in the first week of April wherein Class X textbooks were first distributed so that students can start studying for it in their vacation. While Std IX books were distributed by end of June,” informed Pawar.
“Our aim is to decrease the number of dropouts from schools in rural areas. We also want to see that no one stays away from school and education because of lack of books. Therefore, we are planning to make this an annual project and increase its scope in future,” said Naresh Surana, Trustee of Sarjan Foundation.