Friday, October 21, 2016

Interfaith Collaboration, Shamli District, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2016


We now have 6 benefactors, and 18 more to go!

18 People x $20 Monthly = 1 School for 240 Children

This is one of the young students to benefit from our generosity, just as we will benefit infinitely in return. A few minutes ago Mary Tujaka became our sixth person, and gave me some wonderful insight. So with her guidance, I am providing some details regarding this school.

It will be located in the Shamli District of Uttar Pradesh, India. Nirvana Bodhisattva and his team at Nirvanavan Foundation have been invited by the local Muslim leaders in the region to help augment the schools in their region. We are beginning with this school, and will establish it as a center of learning and a model for the other villages in the district. The truth is that there are over 120 villages, and this is only the beginning.

The existing school is a wonderful madrasa for religious learning, and in accordance to the community's desires, Nirvana Bodhisattva will help establish a center of learning which will include Hindi, Math, English and Art. The leaders of the region welcome this interfaith collaboration, and we hope that it is new news rather than the news which concentrates on the division in the region.

The budget for the school is $12,000 and my intent is to raise $6,000 through this circle. The rest will be matched 1:1 through a generous benefactor, thus achieving our budget. The funds are to be raised for the school year of 2018, since our first year has been funded already!

It takes two dozen of us coming together and giving $20 per month. Certainly this is something we can and need to do, for our future depends on the education of our children.

The community leaders have given us their land, and the school for our use. It is a most beautiful space, and the land around the school is beyond serene. All of you may refer to the previous posts for some additional information, and leave a comment if interested of course!


Note: This image was made with a Sony RX100M3.