Monday, September 21, 2009

An Appeal on Behalf of "Friends of Children"

I have written before about volunteering with Friends of Children. We work with college students (above 10th standard) that meet certain exam results and income criteria, supporting them with fees, training and counselling.

Today, I want to tell you about one specific student. He is visually impaired, and has just got admitted to ILS Law College. He did very well in his 12th, securing 80% marks. Friends of Children has been sponsoring him since Class 11. I have met him, and he is a cheerful, gregarious young man.

Friends of Children sponsors his course fees, which the college has subsidised for him, and helps him with books. But Friends of Children's policies don't allow for paying students' hostel or mess fees, and has mess fees of Rs 1,300 per month to pay. His parents are farm labourers, and he has no relatives supporting him. We are looking for people who are willing to donate his mess fees (or a part of it).

Edited to add: He's in the first year of a five-year course, and assuming two months of vacation a year, that comes out to Rs 13,000 per year over the next five years (Rs 65,000 in all). Either a monthly or a yearly contribution through FoC would be fine - and of course, we are open to splitting the cost among more than one donor.

Please email me at if you are interested in contributing towards his expenses. If you are in Pune, you could also come and meet him (as well as our other students).

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