Anjali 2020 - Our Vision
Despite the many challenges, we see incredible potential in our students and community. Beyond our immediate needs, Aghor Foundation envisions a renewed Anjali School where students are afforded the same educational opportunities they would have access to had they been born in any of the countries of the world with the highest educational standards.
Anjali 2020 is a plan for further education for our graduates, nutritious lunches, additional classrooms, proper restrooms, as well as a Center for Visual and Performing Arts and a Computer and Engineering Lab.
Preserving our primary mission, the Anjali School will continue to be free of charge and accessible by all children in the surrounding communities who otherwise would not be able to afford or access an education. The Anjali 2020 Campaign is fourfold, and is divided into fundraising goals based on our immediate needs and long-term dreams for Anjali School.
The total support needed for our annual operations is Rs2,100,000 ($30,000)
The total construction cost of new permanent school building needed is Rs17,500,000 ($250,000).
The additional dream is for facilities dedicated to creative arts and computer science at a total cost of Rs4,550,000 ($65,000)
In the past, concluding their education at the end of 5th Grade to find manual work to support their family has been the reality for many of our graduates. We hope to change that. This year again, all of our 5th Grade students are preparing for their 6th Grade entrance exams to great government schools and private schools. Our most pressing need is to sponsor our twelve 5th Grade students who will be graduating from Anjali in April 2019, and with your help, will be beginning 6th Grade in May 2019. Annual average tuition at a secondary school is Rs25,000 ($365); the next Rs350,000 ($5,000) raised through the Anjali 2020 Campaign will be allocated to support our current 5th Grade students after Anjali.
Most of our students go the whole school day without a snack, much less a proper meal. For Rs14,000 ($20), we can purchase enough rice and lentils or yogurt and fruits to feed all 118 students a nutritious meal during recess. For Rs350,000 ($5,000) a year, we can ensure that all our students receive a proper meal every school day so that they can get the most out of their classes.
Anjali School has 4 classrooms (temporary structures with tin sheet roofs), yet serves students from Nursery through Class 5 (7 grade levels). Different grade levels are often taught concurrently in the same room. Other times, grade levels with no classroom are taught outside on mats. At least two grade levels a day are taught outside, and sometimes more depending on how many students are present that day. We need new classrooms. In addition to classrooms, we need a center for visual and performing arts as well as bathrooms, a computer lab, library and activity room.
Right now, Anjali teaches through 5th Grade. But, education doesn’t end at 5th Grade. Our goal is to ensure that all of Anjali's graduates complete their studies through 12th grade. Annual average tuition at a secondary school is Rs25,000 ($360). With Rs1,750,000 ($25,000), Anjali can provide partial to full scholarships to students who can't afford a secondary education and who would otherwise discontinue their education to find manual work to support their families.
We are working hard to raise the funds and solicit material donations that will allow us to make Anjali School a model school for our students and the wider community. With your support, Anjali's students can receive the tools necessary to become confident adults with valuable skills and strong values, able to pursue their dreams, contribute to the community and end the cycle of poverty.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.