Anjali School currently runs on $10,000 per year, a majority of which ($9,000) is contributed by our generous supporters. This covers the annual salaries of seven teachers and one cleaner ($7,500 total), as well as the cost of books and other school materials ($500) and clothing ($500) for all 118 students. The school utilizes the remaining $1,500/year to cover further education costs at a Class 6-12 government school or private school for six students who have graduated from Anjali School. Unfortunately, with its current budget, the school can only sponsor the top student of each year’s graduating class. Those students whose further education is not paid for either attend low-fee government schools (still a financial burden for their family), or conclude their education at the end of Class 5.
Annual Fees per Student
The annual cost for one student to attend the Anjali School is approximately 5,000 Rupees, or $78. Many students attend the school free of charge, while some families pay a monthly fee of 150 Rupees, or $2.30 (a large sum of money for their families); the remainder of the fees are covered by donations.
With our low annual budget of $10,000, there remain many unmet needs.
Further Education for Anjali GraduatesUnfortunately, concluding their education at the end of 5th Grade has been the reality for many of our graduates. Given our current annual budget from donations, Anjali can only sponsor one student from our Grade 5 graduating class each year. Our other students discontinue their studies and find manual work to support their family, while a few attend government schools (relatively low-cost institutions, but still a financial burden for their families). The average annual tuition at a private school or government school is 18,200 rupees ($280); for $5,000, we can guarantee that all 17 students graduating from 5th Grade in April 2018 will be able to continue onto 6th Grade at a great school. With this solid foundation, the students will become adults with valuable skills and strong values, who can contribute to their community and end the cycle of poverty.
Update – Goal Reached! Anjali's 17 5th Graders are going to 6th Grade!
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we've reached our first goal of $5,000 to send all of Anjali's 5th graders onto 6th grade at a great school next year. If you would still like to sponsor one of our future graduates, we have established a Further Education Scholarship Fund to provide partial to full scholarships to Anjali's future 5th grade students who would otherwise discontinue their education to find manual work to support their families. To provide a scholarship for one of these students, please visit our Education Fund Support Page using the button below.
Lunch for Our StudentsGiven our annual budget and growing number of students, we are unable to provide lunch to our students. Most families are unable to afford a lunch for their child to bring to school. Most students only have one or two meals a day at home, and almost all students go the whole school day without a snack, much less a proper meal. For $20, we can purchase enough rice and lentils or yogurt and fruits to feed all 118 students a nutritious meal during recess. For $5,000 a year, we can ensure that all of our students receive a proper meal every school day so that they can get the most out of their classes.
FacilitiesThe Anjali School serves 118 students across seven classes, from Nursery and KG through Class 5. Yet, Anjali has only 4 classrooms (temporary structures with tin sheet roofs) and one classroom-serving shed. Given our facilities, most classrooms concurrently serve two different grade levels. For example, Nursery and KG students are taught in the same room on the floor, with two teachers and approximately 35 students. Many students in our lower classes do not have a desk to write on, and sit on the floor. The “indoor” classrooms are in ill repair and are open to the elements. Additionally, our two-stall bathroom is lacking in proper sanitation and privacy. When it rains heavily or the Ganges River floods, Anjali is often closed for several weeks at a time. Anjali School is closed for several weeks every year during the Winter months (December-January), as the classrooms are too cold for classes to be held.
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 community at large. With your help, we can provide our students with the tools necessary to become adults with valuable skills and strong values, who can pursue their many passions, contribute to their community, and end the cycle of poverty. Please visit Our Vision - Anjali 2020 Campaign Page to learn about the projects your donation will contribute to, and the positive impact it will have on our students.