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The Pardada Pardadi Girls School is located in the village of Anupshahar, 120 km (a 4 hour drive) from Delhi. Pardada Pardadi provides a wonderful opportunity for the poorest girls from the community to learn academic, vocational and life skills, leading to a productive and happy life. The school is very well run and was founded 10 years ago by the ex-CEO of Dupont India in his home village. Each girl is provided 10 ruppes (25 cents) per day for attending, amounting to $750 (equivalent to India's per capita income) for perfect attendance, which they can access only after graduating. They also learn textile skills and make products that help fund some of the operating costs of the school. This also provides them with job opportunties after graduating. I encourage you to visit the school Website at http://www.education4change.org/
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|Sam Singh, school founder, at Solar Lantern Project.|
|Dr. Matthew in Health Center|
|Loving the girls|
|Nina, Taruna, myself and Elsa at pantie handout.|
|Sam and myself on a village street, talking with the children|
|"what do I do with this comb?"|
|Hygiene lesson in not sharing combs|
|Backpacks donated for all of the girls by a US Volunteer|
|Muskan showing photo of her sponsors|
|Riding to a village, covered to keep out the dust and debris|
|Room where Pooja, 8 years old, was killed by a snake|
|Pooja's mother and sister, Archna. Archna needs a sponsor!|
|Family of 4 girls, who ride their bikes 7 km. each way to school. |
|Beautiful Manisha, no parents, living and caring for 95 year old blind grandmother, in rat infested room.|
|Visit to the home of a girl who is dying|
|Girls playing cricket|
|Writing a letter to her sponsor....|
|Ishu and Anu, so happy to be in school|
|Eyeglasses will help, but malnutrition must be eliminated for healthy eyesight|
|With sisters, Anjali and Aarti|
|Ajeema with her sponsor's letter|
|Girls at sister school, listening to Sam tell them about opportunities for higher education|
|Girls writing to their sponsors|
|Students during a visit to their home|
|Starving, malnourished and dying....|
|this child is 5 years old, weighing 20 pounds.|
|Visit with the women elders, who had never seen a westerner before!|
|Gushal, deaf and mute, is a former student, now the #1 producer in the textile department at the school, sewing at home on her day off.|
~Solar lantern project- 200 lanterns have been distributed in the very poorest village, to encourage girls to attend school. 85% of the village girls still do not attend school. Your daughter in school, with a 70% attendance rate, provides the family with light at night they have never had. Girls can study and teach their families what they have learned in school.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Warm greetings to all.
Thanks to many many supporters, enablers, friends, staff, teachers, board members, volunteers and others, I am pleased report to you on the very significant progress and accomplishments of the Healthcare Project at the Pardada Pardadi school in Anupshahr, India. It is just amazing what a group of dedicated people can do by working together!
1) Health Center: A new Health Office has been built and is open for "business" at the PPES school. This facility, without question is the newest, cleanest, and best health center in the community and it will be able to serve the immediate health needs of the 1200 students attending PPES. This office includes; a waiting room, nurse's desk, doctor's desk, medical supply storage, medical supplies, 3 beds, file storage, a new laptop computer, Skype phone, sink, toilet, shower, back-up power supply, ventilation system, new lighting, tiled walls, and fresh paint. Pictures are below.
2) Nurse/Health Teacher: A highly qualified, experienced, English speaking nurse has been hired!. Elisa, a registered nurse originally from Kerela now living in Dehli, plans to start at the school the end of January. She will be living at the school. We are so thrilled to have Elisa join the PPES team. We are confident she will be able to play the leading role in providing on site medical care AND provide health education to the students and teachers and potentially the community at large.
3) Medical Supplies: 100 lbs of new medical supplies were donated, delivered and are organised in the Health Office along with new medicines, bandages, and additional supplies purchased locally and in New Dehli. The Health Office is well stocked. New First Aid kits were created and provided to the 2 grade schools and the pre-school.
4) Medical Records: A datatbase of student health records has been set-up on the new Health Office laptop. These are set-up to be shared via Google Docs.
5) Immunization Program: A dedicated group of doctors from neighboring Bulandshahar have agreed to visit the school monthly and provide immunizations and medical and dental check-ups. The first monthly medical clinic was held in November with 4 doctors participating, two pediatricians, a dentist and gynecologist. Hepatitis B vaccine was administered at the pre-school and check-ups given. A second clinic has already been held in December to administer the MMR vaccine.
6) Eye Exams and Glasses: A qualified optician has been found locally and 5 girls were tested and fitted with glasses. This will make it feasible to provide glasses to those girls who need them on an ongoing basis.
7) Tooth brushing: 3000 new toothbrushes were purchased and 1200 were distributed to all students. This program is funded to continue.
Much work still needs to be done! All of the current programs need to continuely supported to ensure their sustainability. Health education curriculum and teaching will need to be defined once the nurse arrives. Procedures, now under development, need to be finalized. A medical mission of U.S. doctors is being sought for the Summer of 2013. The nutritional needs of the girls require further review. Fund raising is critical to support, sustain and build on all of these programs. Your continued support is very much appreciated and has a direct impact on the girls of Pardada Pardadi.
Thank you All for your support!
Best Wishes for the Season.