This Couple Doesn’t Want Your Wedding Gifts; Help Them Set Up Libraries Instead

Posted: August 16, 2018

A change in the society is possible only when problems are tackled at their root cause. Here is an inspiring attempt by a young couple, contributing their bit, towards children’s education. 

More than 10 million weddings happen every year in India. They are mostly about haldi, sangeet, muhurtham, reception and even the honeymoon which follows later. But how about contributing to children’s education in rural areas as part of the wedding? Sounds bizarre right?

But it is not so for Ishwarya Sankar and Anand.

They are both getting into wedlock in this very month of August, on account of which they are running a fundraising campaign through Milaap with Project Kanava. It is to set up 10 learning centres and 5 libraries in rural areas of Cuddalore.  

Indian schools in rural and semi-urban areas have constantly been facing issues of high dropout rates and low attendance. Children’s fear of school failure is a major cause for this.

Their solution for this is after school homework assistance program at learning centers by a trained local teacher. And well equipped teacher-set-up libraries at schools.

The implementation of this program goes like this:

  1. Village selection
  2. Infrastructure set-up
  3. Local teacher recruitment and training
  4. Mixed age group kids enrolment (7 to 12 years)
  5. Skill building
  6. Two hours a day, six days a week of learning

Through this project, they also aim to improve children’s literary skills like fluency, comprehension, speaking and writing of about 1500 kids, across more than 100 villages. This would greatly help the kids in critical thinking, creativity and better communication skills.  

After the end of the campaign, the funds would directly go to Project Kanavu. It was started in the year 2005 to help children in the coastal areas that was affected by the tsunami. It is run by Nisha and Gowtham who believe in bringing about a change in the country by improving communities and standard of education.

For more details contact – Ishwarya (ishu.2208@gmail.com),  Anand (anandjapesh@gmail.com) or  visit the fundraiser on Milaap Website.

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