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VRI Child Scholarship Fund: July 2005 - June 2006

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Financial summary

The balance at 30 June 2005 was £5,909. The income during the year was £2,145.71.

£578 was transferred to India in July 2005 (for teacher training, polio promotion, headmaster salary, vitamins)
£1767 was transferred to India in January 2006 (£1267 for the Gramodaya Primary School at APK, and £500 for other projects).
i.e. total transfer of £2345 during July 2005-June 2006 to meet planned spending.

The balance at 30 June 2006 was £5,710.62.

Actual spending totalled £2430, and the shortfall was made up from general funds at APK.

In addition to the transfer, there was a balance of £337.50 already held in reserve at APK. (This was the balance of the funds transferred from CSF in 2003-4, originally intended for the Samiksha school project, which did not go ahead) £178 of this was spent on other schools as described below, leaving a balance of £159.50.

Expenditure summary

Planned and actual expenditure on APK schools:
  • £410 for 74 scholarships for pupils of Gramodaya Primary School (planned expenditure £355)
  • £893 on salary enhancements for the primary school teachers and headmistress, to bring their salaries up to local levels (see below for details) (planned expenditure £912)
  • £169 on polio immunisation campaigns and a training day for primary school teachers and other staff (planned expenditure £200)
  • £50 on vitamin supplements for the primary school children (planned expenditure £50)
Expenditure on other schools and projects:
  • £500 donation to children's programmes run by the NGO NSP in Orissa (see below for details)
  • £408 to provide a salary for the headmaster of Jafar Pur Junior High School (planned expenditure £328)
Expenditure on other schools and projects out of funds held in reserve at APK:
  • £80 donation to Chandausi Junior High School
  • £58 to cover 10 scholarships to Jafarpur Junior High School
  • £40 to cover 10 scholarships for Karia Mayee Junior High School

Progress reports

Gramodaya Primary School, Amarpurkashi - general progress

There are now 237 children enrolled in the school, all of whom are benefiting from the improvements provided through the Children's Scholarship Fund in previous years. Over 77% of the children come from Scheduled and Backward categories, and nearly 37% are girls.

The new headmistress appointed last year (see report for July 2005) remained at the school for most of this academic year, but (fortunately for her and unfortunately for the school!), she has now found a better-paid position in another school, so the project is once more searching for a suitable head teacher. Four other teachers also left during the year, and four new teachers were appointed.

Gramodaya Primary School, Amarpurkashi - details of scholarships

74 pupils (36 female, 38 male) were provided with scholarships; 57.5% of these students are from the "scheduled categories" and 23.3% from the "backward categories"; Total cost Rs. 30750 or £410.00 (original estimate 68 pupils at a cost of £345.40)

Gramodaya Primary School, Amarpurkashi - teacher salary supplements

Monthly salaries were subsidised as follows: Head teacher full salary Rs1800 per month for 10 months; 8 teachers at Rs500 supplement each (bringing their salary to around Rs1000 per month; sweeper at Rs. 500 per month.
Total = Rs. 67,000 or £893 for the whole year.
(note: teachers left and joined during the year with some overlap; average number of teachers is 8. Detailed figures are available).

Training day for project staff

A 1-day orientation training was held at Jafar Pur school for the Gramodaya Primary School teachers and other project staff. There were 85 participants in all. Total cost of the training day was Rs. 4675.

"On Sunday 16th October, staff from APK travelled by jeep and jagaaru to Jafarpur Junior High where staff training was held. The day began with breakfast, followed by shramdan (voluntary physical work) clearing the bushes and weeds from the school grounds and then training sessions. After lunch, staff formed into groups and looked at a range of topics; finally, each group gave feedback. It was a long, hot day but staff were full of praise for the venue, the food (APK kitchen staff took everything with them and cooked it fresh, starting at 4 in the morning!), the shramdan which engendered real team spirit and the group discussions which gave even the shyest a chance to participate."

Polio Eradication Campaign

Polio is a highly infectious disease which invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age, but affects mainly children under three. It has already been successfully eradicated from Europe, the Americas and the Western Pacific region, but is still a threat in India.

The Indian government is conducting a national campaign "to ensure that no child will ever again know the crippling effects of polio". As a result of this successful campaign, the number of polio cases is already dropping sharply.

Over the year, the APK project assisted at five polio eradication sessions. At each session, babies and children under 6 are given polio drops.

The actual immunisation is funded by the government and performed by government staff, but the event can only succeed if local parents can be persuaded to attend. This is where local NGOs such as the APK project, who are sensitive to the concerns and fears of local people, have an important role.

"We involved our school staff and students and they spent the whole day motivating local parents and even bringing babies themselves where mothers could not leave the house. In each of the five separate events, we were asked to help at the most difficult villages where previously, the government staff had not been able to motivate the villagers at all. Our involvement was very successful and nearly all the children under 6 in those villages were given drops."

The Childrens Scholarship Fund paid the expenses of the staff and students (Rs.40 per participants, 40 participants per session, 5 sessions = Rs. 8000.)

Total cost of the training day plus the polio eradication initiative was Rs 12675 or £169.

Krishi Audyogik Intercollege, Amarpurkashi

There are now 863 children enrolled in the school, of whom 27% are girls. 88% of the children come from Scheduled and Backward categories (the economic groups which are classed by the Indian Government as underprivileged).

This year, the Indian Government once more provided scholarships for all needy children, not just children from the Scheduled and Backward castes, and so no scholarships were needed from project funds.

Vimla Devi School, Karia Mayee, District Budaun

There are now 226 students at this school, from nursery to year 8, and 27% are girls. There are 8 teachers, including 4 women.

Jafar Pur School

The new school in the remote village of Jafar Pur has continued to expand.

The school now has 156, from year 7 to year 9, and 19% are girls (up from 12% last year). There are now five teachers, including one woman. Guidance and leadership are provided by a member of staff from the Amarpurkashi project, whose expenses of £408 (Rs 1800 per month salary plus use of a motorcycle) were paid by the Childrens Scholarship Fund.

NSP project in Orissa

In November 2005, the IVCS General Secretary and Field Director attended a conference hosted by the NSP project in Daya Vihar, District Puri, in the Indian state of Orissa. This project is situated in a very poor, rural area about 30 miles from the town of Puri. The project itself is well worth a visit. It has a large campus with beautiful gardens and simple but adequate buildings. There is a high school and college, a vocational training centre, a large girls’ hostel, a school for disabled students and one for the deaf and blind, an orphanage, a home for the elderly and a refuge for abused women. The staff are all local people and well trained, committed and hard-working. NSP also runs a home for the elderly and a drug rehabilitation centre in Puri. The IVCS staff were so impressed that they gave a donation of £500 to NSP, on behalf of IVCS, to be spent on children's projects.

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