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Does This Boy Deserve to Go to School? -Updates From our India Tuition Project

23 March 2011 No Comment

Bhatu standing below his room

Meet Bhatu Paul. He is 8 years-old and lives with his father in an 8 x 8 sq. foot room built above his community’s toilet in Kolkata, India. His mother abandoned him when he was 4 years-old and his father is only able to earn about $12 a month as an assistant mason. Going to school is currently an impossible dream for Bhatu.

Luckily, there’s hope. Bhatu just recently became sponsored through Children International and will be the very first child to receive tuition money once our India Tuition Project here at Aura’s House is funded. We are getting close too! It costs only $24.50 to send Bhatu to school. Will you consider helping him and other needy kids like him? Please consider making a small 100% US Tax Deductible gift today. 100% of your gift goes to complete this worthy project.

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Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International writes:

At your request, I also asked the agency in India to give us some
information on another child who is in our program, but not yet
attending school due to his family's lack of resources.  Attached are
several photographs of Bhatu Paul, an 8-year-old who just joined our
sponsorship program two months ago.  Bhatu's mother abandoned him and
his father when he was 4 years old.  His father, Bishanath, works
intermittently as an assistant mason and earns about $12 per month.
They have no additional source of income or financial support.  

Bhatu and his father live in a small attic built above the community
toilet in their neighborhood.  The room is about 8 x 8 feet in size and
to get to the small room, they use a crudely built ladder (as you can
see in one of the photos).  Needless to say, their living conditions are
dire.  

The field reports that Bhatu is a very intelligent little boy.  He has
not attended school, however, due to his father's lack of money.  He is
very interested in going to school!  There is a local 'club' where some
children go to read and study, and Bhatu has gone there on a few
occasions.

Based upon the family's situation, and the boy's obvious desire to
attend school, I have asked the agency to ensure that Bhatu is enrolled
as soon as possible and his school fees paid.  He will be the first
child to benefit from the next transfer of funds from Aura's House for
the India Tuition program!

View more photos of Bhatu:

More Updates

Back in January 2011, we requested that half of the funds raised be used to send 50 needy children to school so they wouldn’t have to wait for us to finish fund raising. Children International was kind enough to do this and now we also have news regarding the two featured children from the India Tuition project, Anjali Show and Ranajit Pramanik.

Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International writes:

The field reports the following:

Anjali Show continues to attend school and is now in the 5th
grade. She walks to school each day (about a 30-minute walk) and her
favorite subject is mathematics!  She makes good grades and has a
special interest in drawing and she enjoys going to school every day.
She has received her school fees and a school supply kit -- thanks to
her involvement in the sponsorship program and your kind support!

Ranajit Pramanik has progressed to the tenth grade and is now
attending a high school in his community that has a library, laboratory
and a computer room for the students.  The school also offers a cultural
program, debate competition and sporting programs.  Ranajit is an
average student and is receiving special help with his schoolwork.  His
favorite subject is history, and he looks forward to continuing his
education and graduating in two more years!  He, too, has received a
school supply kit and his school fees have also been paid.

Thanks to all who have helped make education a dream already for 50 lucky children (including Anjali and Ranajit)! Hopefully soon, Bhatu Paul and the remaining 50 children can start classes as well. Visit the India Tuition Project to see our latest progress.

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Best wishes,

Kriste and the Aura’s House Team

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