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Complete: India Tuition Project- $2450 Raised! 100 Children Can Now Attend School. Thank You!

4 May 2011 4 Comments

This project is now complete. Launched: November 27, 2009. Completed: May 3, 2011.

We aimed to raise $2450 to pay tuition fees for 100 children in Kolkata, India. That’s $24.50 per child.


$2450 Raised
126 Children will now be able to attend school!  Meet Bhatu Paul, a new student thanks to your donations.

View photos and letters of the students receiving their tuition.

Special thanks to:
Elizabeth Popovich for sending a whopping 10 Children to School! Also  thanks to Refat Ara Jerin, Claire Moskowitz, and Dorothy Brown. They are students at The American University of Rome who held a successful bake sale to benefit this project on May 3, 2011. They raised $207.71 and helped to complete this project.


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.

Bhatu standing below his room

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 was 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 from this now complete project. Learn more about Bhatu and his situation.

All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

We are working with Children International who work with the local DISHA agency in India. They write:

By removing this financial obstacle for the families, the staff of DISHA feels that there is an increasing likelihood that the children will enroll and attend school. We think this will be a motivating factor for the children – and the parents – to prioritize education. The cost to provide school fees for 100 children is $2,450.

In January of 2011 Aura’s House forwarded enough funds to send 50 needy children to school -half our goal.  Read the update.



Below are the stories of two children who would be helped by this project:


Anjali Show, Child ID # 1112885, DSH1106, age: 8 years


Anjali lives with her parents and grandparents. Her father is a street vendor and mother is a homemaker, and the approximate monthly income is $77. Though the mother is not working regularly, she sometimes earns by sewing woolens and also takes care of the cooking, maintaining home and the daily chores.

Anjali’s home consists of a rented single concrete multi-use room with tiled roof with a portable gas-stove as cooking facilities and having one bed and the floor with mattress as sleeping accommodation. They have access to a community latrine for their daily needs and water comes from a community faucet nearby, which has specific times for collection and storage.

Anjali is a student of Grade 3 in the National School for Girls (a government aided public school), which is one of the most well known schools of the locality in Ward 85 of the Kolkata Municipality Area (south).

She has a 12-year-old sibling who stays with her Paternal Aunt outside the city and studies there, as the parents are unable to bear the educational costs of both their children.

Anjali’s mother feels: “In today’s world education is very important to make our children self-sufficient and independent when they grow up. Hence, in spite of belonging to the lower-income group, we make it a point to send our children to the school to make their educational base strong and thus their future secure. For this we have to compromise on our daily needs from time to time and ration our food and livelihood as much as possible. We welcome this hardship because we know that our children require education as much as they require their daily food and clothing! However, as we are spending a major portion of our earning for Anjali’s education, we fear that with the rise in prices of everything how long we will be able to bear the cost of her education. It is a constant worry for us.”

Read Update.


Ranajit Pramanik, Child ID # 651228, DSH1103, age: 15 years

He lives with his parents and relatives in a rented multi-use room having tiled roof and concrete flooring and brick walls. They have 1 bed and the mattress on floor for sleeping accommodations and 1 portable gas stove for cooking. They also access a community latrine like Anjali, and collect water on timely basis from a nearby community faucet. His father is a daily wage earner and mother is a homemaker and the monthly family income is approximately $ 71. For the father the earning is on a no work, no pay basis, as he does not have a permanent job. His mother takes care of the household and its daily chores and monitors Ranajit’s studies as much as possible as he will be appearing for his school finals in a couple of years.


Ranajit is a student of Tirthapati Institution in Grade 8, another renowned government aided public school of the same locality in Ward 85 of South Kolkata.

His parents feel: “Education is a must in today’s world. We feel that he requires being a well literate person to understand what is best for him when he grows up and can select the best profession as an individual adult. As Ranajit’s parents we take this as our primary responsibility to educate our son in spite of belonging to the lower-income group. He is our only son, and hence, for us, his education is a priority, even if it means rationing our food or compromising with various other needs. We feel that whatever we are doing, is for his betterment. But simultaneously we fear that how long will we be able to continue his Education? We are spending almost 20% of our income to provide him the best of education that we can. But as our income does not have a surety and everything that we require is becoming more expensive by the day, will we be able to provide him with higher education? We just hope that somewhere some one will help…!”

Read Update.

Additional Comments by staff member in India:

As a staff member of the first service center of Disha Foundation, I feel that the parents of the sponsored children in this area are well aware of the importance of education for their children. They understand that basic education is required for each individual in order to fulfill their social responsibilities and be self-sufficient individuals when they grow up. 90% of our sponsored community are literate and do not require extra motivation to push them to school. Moreover, most of the children are involved in some extra curricular activity like music, drawing, computer courses etc. Some also attend spoken English classes to enable themselves for better career opportunities when they grow up.

In short, the urban-slum population in South Kolkata knows the importance of education and are thus motivated enough to send the younger generation to school. But side-by-side the fear looms how long they can bear the expenses. Prices for all the daily needs are rising by the day, whereas the income is not. A small donation, a little help from a kind sponsor can always be an extra help for them to carry on with the education of their children.

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  • Dorothee said:

    What a great cause! I’ve given what I can at the moment to help with their education as it is really the cornerstone of improving their lives. I have two sponsored children in India, and it’s great knowing that more will be helped. And fortunately they do really seem to value education and soak up any opportunity to continue learning. Good luck!

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  • Sonia menon said:

    I run a school here in Kerala. I am so happy to see people coming up to help those children. Thank you on behalf of all well wishers.

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