The four Saakshar schools provide education for 100 children every morning as they spend a year preparing for mainstream school. Asha Kumar registers them for school and completes the paperwork which many parents cannot do. About another 100 children who have already been 'mainstreamed' come to Saakshar each afternoon for extra and remedial lessons so that they do not fall behind. No one drops out.
The total cost of this work is currently (2017) about £22,000 per year, although prices, rents and costs in Delhi are rising quickly. This pays for the rental of four small classrooms, and pays the modest salaries of ten teachers and assistants. It also covers the cost of providing lunch for all children at Saakshar 1, remedial help for older children and some vocational and English language training. Most of the office overheads for VVF, which runs Saakshar, are paid for by its other activities, its environmental projects and computer courses. Asha Kumar, its full-time founder and Director is unpaid. Ralph Williamson visits Saakshar each year without any cost to the charity. Saakshar School Appeal has no paid staff, and all the Trustees offer their help and support freely, which means that every £1 or Rs100 given to Saakshar School Appeal goes directly to help children’s learning, and we know exactly how carefully it is used.
Without Saakshar, many of these children would never receive any education, but with a few years of help from Saakshar they will complete school, get training for employment, and live happier, more secure and fulfilled lives. About £220 per child is all it costs to change someone's life this much.
If you would like to contribute to the wonderful and effective educational work of Saakshar, please send donations made payable to "Saakshar School Appeal" to Revd Ralph Williamson at 119 Eaton Square, London SW1W, 9AL, or donate through your bank - you can set up a one off payment or regular donation using the banking details on the Giving and Gift Aid Form below. If you are a UK taxpayer please complete and send us the Gift Aid declaration.
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JUST GIVING to SAAKSHAR by TEXT:
Now you can make a donation under £30 to Saakshar by texting SAAK16, followed by the amount you want to give (for example: 'SAAK16 £10' or 'SAAK16 £20') to the number 70070. Its as easy as that, and you will be given an option to gift aid your donation too!