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Mother Teresa School of Periyakrishnapuram

Update January 9, 2015:

We did it!
We completed the 2nd level of the Mother Teresa School

Mother Teresa School

We are delighted that after several years of fundraising - with BIG THANKS to so many of you for your contributions and volunteering efforts - we completed the 2nd level of the Mother Teresa School.

The 2nd level was inaugurated on January 9, 2015. This big celebration was held together with the school's annual day, in which many children performed.

We thank everyone who made this possible!

 
Mother Teresa School
Mother Teresa School
Mother Teresa School
Mother Teresa School
Mother Teresa School
Mother Teresa School

Click here or below for an album with many more photographs.

 

Update July 2014: We are constructing the 2nd level of the school!

Mother Teresa

 

In 2008, we completed construction of a one-storey building for the Mother Teresa School of Periykrishnapuram.

The school is providing basic education to 178 children from poor families. However, because the school has 4 classrooms, it has become overcrowded.

school building

So we needed to construct a 2nd level on it, similarly in design to the recently constructed building of the Jawahar Matriculation School).

We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the fundraising via donations to Sahaya International.

In addition, we continue to raise funds for more educational supplies (books, science materials, art supplies, etc) to further improve the quality of education in this school.

 
school children
school children

DESKS AND BENCHES

In 2009 and 2010, we have raised sufficient funds for desks and benches. Local carpenters are now making these desks and benches, and a first truck-load of 30 sets has already been delivered and has been painted. The remainder is expected to be completed in the coming months. The pictures below show the raw and finished product. We sincerely thank everyone who donated money to accomplish this monumental task!

bench and desk
bench
bench with kids
desks

BACKGROUND AND HISTORY ON THE MOTHER TERESA SCHOOL

  • Rural areas lack standard, good-quality education. For this purpose, READ started several schools. Two of them, the Mother Teresa School of Periyakrishnapuram was started in 1997 with 9 children. A second school, the Mother Teresa School of Thirukalapur was started in 1998 with 28 children.
  • The Mother Teresa School of Periyakrishnapuram was previously run in a small classroom with a thatched leaf roof. These children come from underprivileged communities. It grew rapidly to approximately 90 children, and so it was decided that more room was URGENTLY needed.
  • Since 2005, Sahaya International has been raising the money to construct a much-needed school building in the village. First we purchased a piece of land (approx. 28,000 sq ft; 2,664 sq meter). The total price (which was affected severely by the declining value of the US dollar!) to construct the building with neighboring toilet facilities was approximately $40,000.
  • To reach our goal, Sahaya International had organized 2 successful cultural evenings on June 3, 2006 and June 9, 2007 in Davis. On Saturday June 9, 2007, the Gospel Justice Committee of the St. James Parish (Davis) and Sahaya International held an Evening of Indian dining at the St. James Memorial Center (1275 B Street, Davis). The evenings included a slide show and a full-course Indian Dinner prepared by Mary Philip and Susie O'Bryant and their team of volunteers, who have a big reputation throughout Northern California for their excellent Indian cuisine. In addition, contributions made by our many friends and well-wishers raised the remaining money.
  • On December 22, 2008, the new school was inaugurated in the presence of Dr. Koen Van Rompay and supporters from Belgium.
  • The school has grow in attendance:
 
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
Class Level
Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
LKG (Lower Kindergarten)
21
13
34
25
21
46
19
7
26
24
7
31
UKG (Upper Kindergarten)
15
13
28
18
14
32
19
15
34
21
10
31
I
15
8
23
18
9
27
18
10
28
15
12
27
II
4
7
11
13
8
21
16
7
23
17
10
27
III
8
4
12
5
9
14
11
7
18
14
6
20
IV
3
5
8
8
4
12
6
8
14
9
5
14
V
5
4
9
2
3
5
7
3
10
4
8
12
Total
71
54
125
89
68
157
96
57
153
104
58
162
 
2012-2013
Class Level
Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
LKG (Lower Kindergarten)
UKG (Upper Kindergarten)
I
II
III
IV
V
Total
106
66
172

 

But we still need your help! Your contributions will go towards infrastructure:

  • better books
  • educational materials including science objects
  • book cases and cabinets to store materials
  • art supplies
  • a few computers

Please become a sponsor and help provide these children with a better future. If you give us your e-mail address, we will keep you updated with short stories and pictures.

If you are living in the USA and like to make a donation through Sahaya International, go to our donation page.

If you live in Europe, go to this donation page.

We thank you tremendously for your support!! .

 

school children
school children
school building
school building
school children
school
school children
school children
school children
school children
school children with visitors
Sahaya volunteers from Europe and the USA came to visit the new school in December 2008.

A trip down memory lane:
the events of the past 11 years (1998 onwards):

school kids 1998

The mother Teresa school in 1998 started with 9 children in a rented room, but then due to financial reasons and space limitations, moved to a slightly larger hut.

school children  
jumping children

old school building

This was the old building of the Mother Teresa school. The 2 visitors are Peter De Meyer (left), a reporter from Belgium, and Koen Van Rompay (right), the secretary of Sahaya International. Please note the thatched-leaf roof (which is a fire hazard and also leaks during the rainy season) and the large number of children. Thanks to the support of many well-wishers, we are now able to construct a much-needed school building with separate classrooms!

land
February 2007: The piece of land is purchased to construct the building for the Mother Teresa School. Below are some pictures taken between June and September 2007 of the ongoing construction.
school construction
school construction
school construction
school construction
school construction
school construction
collapsed old school building

Miraculously, only a few weeks after the classes were moved to the new school in June 2008, the old Mother Teresa school building collapsed during a storm. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

Was it perhaps the spirit of Mother Teresa who had kept this roof up until the new school building was completed?

WE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND HOPE YOU CAN VISIT US!

school kids school kids school kids



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