The last newsletter on Shoshit Seva Sangh was issued in August, 2009 and can be seen on our website www.sssfoundation.org. Many interesting developments have taken place since and I would like to mention these briefly without taking much of your time –
- Shoshit Seva Sangh has been registered with US based GlobalGiving which raises funds for deserving NGOs. The SSS participating in the GlobalGiving Open Challenge Round for raising funds. Donations were made online through the facility of a web page created by GlobalGiving. You will be happy to know that our project was able to raise US$21976 including US$2000 as bonus. The SSS stood 2nd out of 92 participants from world over seeking donations. SSS has been allotted a permanent web page on the GlobalGiving website and donors can go directly to the web page atwww.globalgiving.org/4140 and donate whenever they so wish to.
- For 50 seats more than 750 musahar children appeared at the admission test for pre-school and class I on November 21. Two years ago we had to seek out musahar children and convince their parents to send their children to our boarding school to ensure a bright future for them. The message has gone round that our school means business and children getting admitted there have a bright future. Awareness about education in this community is in itself a major first step towards realizing the silent revolution which is our vision.
- We have hired another 2000 sqft. of floor space in the existing building to accommodate 66 new entrants who shall be joining the boarding school on January 17, 2010, when the new academic year commences. With this the total number of students in the school will be 214.
- We are in the process of hiring two more teachers, one for English and another for Science, bringing the total strength of our faculty to 11.
- 9 students from a leading public school in India, the Welham Boys School, Dehradun, stayed in our school for 9 days and closely interacted with our students as part of their social responsibility project. This was observed as a ‘Co-operation Week’ and it was really an interaction between the boys of a school for the most privileged and the boys of the school for the most underprivileged. This was widely reported in the local press and I would like to quote what a Welham boy said to a newspaper reporter ‘despite being the student of a reputed school, I have no hesitation in saying that the boys of Shoshit Samadhan Kendra are more laborious, more talented and more disciplined than us’. Yet another Welham boy is quoted to have said ‘We have seen in their eyes the hunger for more and more education, the eagerness to know the truth behind scientific facts and the determination to uplift their people from social and educational backwardness and abject poverty’.
- You have served a noble cause by your consistent support and I look forward to your support in the future. Please become a part of this ‘Silent Revolution’ which aspires to change the profile of a community which has lived in sub-human conditions for centuries and shall continue to do so in the future without intervention such as this. We have a long-long way to travel and within a couple of years we must acquire land and construct our own boarding school building with the potential to accommodate 1000 musahar children. This capital expenditure will require one million dollars. Not a very big sum for the huge, huge impact it will make on the lives of so many who are now so helpless.